Current Conditions

broken boardwalk and railing due to fallen trees and branches
Many trails throughout the park have sustained significant damage. For your safety, do not use park trails until the park crews are able to mitigate hazards.

In early March, 2018, the area was impacted by a series of severe winter storms. Heavy, wet snow and wind gusts in excess of 40 mph toppled numerous trees and power lines. In mid-May, the area was impacted by another powerful storm that contained high winds, resulting in more damage to trees and power lines. Our assessment of the damage to trails and facilities from these storms is ongoing.

Most trails are open and accessible, but several remain closed due to public hazard. The following trails remain closed:

  • Cliff Park Trails in PA (including Hackers, Pond Loop, Buchanan, Cliff, and Milford Knob)
  • Conashaugh View Horse Trail in PA
  • Two Ponds Trail at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in PA
  • George W. Childs Park Trail in PA
  • Dingmans Creek Trail in PA (including Dingmans and Silverthread Falls)
  • Hornbecks Creek Trail in PA
  • Toms Creek Trail in PA
  • Adams Creek in PA
  • Van Campen Glen in NJ
  • Kaiser Trail in NJ

Please visit the "Hiking" page for a comphrehensive list of open and closed trails.

Assessments and repairs will continue throughout summer season. Pay attention to trail closure signage, and visit www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS for the latest updates. Note: a Facebook account is not necessary to view posts on Facebook.

 

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Seasonal Road Closures

  • Blue Mountain Lakes Road (in New Jersey) above the Blue Mountain Lakes trailhead parking area – closed January 1 until snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April)

  • Skyline Drive (in New Jersey) – closed January 1 until snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April)

  • Access road to Dingmans Falls (in Pennsylvania) parking area – closed at first significant snowfall until snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April) CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 DUE TO STORM DAMAGE

  • Hialeah Picnic Area – closed at first significant snowfall until snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April)
  • George W. Childs Park – closed at first significant snowfall until snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April) CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 DUE TO STORM DAMAGE

National Weather Service

Upper Delaware River

Middle Delaware River

Lower Delaware River

USGS Current Water Data

Three gauges monitor the river and two major tributaries within the park. Ideal canoeing and kayaking conditions are generally considered at river levels under seven feet (as measured at the Montague gauge).

High Water Events

A High Water Event is declared when the predicted water levels may necessitate the closing of buildings, facilities, roads, and/or the river corridor itself. The park takes specific actions when the river levels are predicted to reach specific heights as indicated at the Montague gage.
  • 8 feet and higher – wearing lifejacket is mandatory; no swimming is permitted at river beaches
  • 13 feet and higher – Bushkill Access is closed
  • 18 feet and higher – river is considered dangerous; all river access closed; no boating permitted
  • 23 feet and higher – parts of US 209, Old Mine Rd, and River Rd closed due to water on roadway

Last updated: May 31, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324

Phone:

(570) 426-2452

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