Current Conditions

A no hiking sign depicting the silhouette of a person wearing a backpack with a line going thru the figure signifying NO!
Area closures are for the protection of both our visitors and of the resources. Please don't violate area closures

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Temporary Closures Due to COVID-19

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the following public facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are temporarily closed:

New Jersey Closure Areas

  • All volunteer-operated buildings including the Foster-Armstrong House, the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, Montague Grange, Van Campen Inn, and those at Millbrook Village and Walpack Center

  • Public restrooms, trails, and the gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft are open. Classes are available for booking here.
  • Mountain Road (The road to Buttermilk Falls) is closed to Vehicle Traffic until further notice. Parking areas are available at the corner of NJSR615 (Walpack-Flatbrook Road) and Haneys Mill Road (Lot 1: GPS 41.1264, -74.9165) (Lot 2: GPS 41.1318, -74.9099), and Brook Road where it meets Mountain Road (Approximate GPS 41.1527, -74.8687). Visitors are welcomed to walk the approximate 1.4 - 1.8 miles along Mountain Road to the waterfall for viewing. Please check back for updates.
  • Blue Mountain Lakes Road after the parking area and all of Skyline Drive : May 1 to September 30: Open to vehicles Mondays at noon, except federal holidays, to Fridays at dusk
  • Watergate Recreation Area
  • The areas within 100 feet of the Westbrook-Bell House and structures are closed to visitors temporarily to maintain public safety; protect environmental and scenic values; protect natural and cultural resources; and avoid public use conflicts

Pennsylvania Closure Areas

  • Bushkill Meeting / Visitor Center
  • George W. Childs Park and associated trails (PA)
  • Dingmans Falls Road (PA): May 1 to September 30: Open to vehicles Mondays at noon, except federal holidays, to Fridays at dusk

  • Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

  • Hialeah Picnic Area: May 1 to September 30: Open to vehicles Mondays at noon, except federal holidays, to Fridays at dusk

  • Park Headquarters (1978 River Road, Bushkill, PA 18324)
  • Services are limited at Pocono Environmental Education Center
    Trails and grounds remain open
  • Valley View (PA) Group Camground

Additional Notes:

  • Some public restrooms at sites around the park remain closed
  • Please pay special attention to road and trail closure signage, and visit for the latest updates. Note: A Facebook account is not necessary to view posts on Facebook.

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Hiking safely means planning before you go. Don't forget to let someone know your hiking plans.

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Limited Services Available: Visit Responsibly

Most park trails and boat launches are open, but some bathrooms are closed and services are limited. Law enforcement is on duty. All park regulations apply.

  • Face masks are required in all park buildings and on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    Masks are required in all park buildings and facilities, including those that are operated by partners, volunteers, and concessioners, or are under lease. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, boardwalks, overlooks and observation platforms, pavilions, river access points, parking lots, and areas near restrooms, bulletin boards and informational panels, and in other areas of interest that attract large numbers of visitors.
  • Avoid crowded trailheads
    If the parking lot is full, find a different trail. There are many available to you.
  • Park only in designated areas
    Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed.
  • Maintain social distance
    Even when outside, stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Pack out your trash
    Please help us keep you, wildlife, and employees safe.
  • Hike Safely
    Protect search and rescue personnel. Stay out of closed areas, mark the location of your car, and know your limits.

Last updated: August 26, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324


(570) 426-2452

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