George W. Childs Park Trail

waterfall cascading over rocks
Factory Falls along the George W. Childs Park Trail

Length: 1.4 miles, loop
Difficulty: easy-moderate
Elevation Change: 144 feet
Trailhead Location: directions to George W. Childs Park trailhead
Restrictions: dogs and other pets not permitted; swimming and wading is not permitted anywhere within George W. Childs Park; must stay on the trail at all times

Attracted by its natural beauty and wildlife, philanthropist George W. Childs purchased this land in 1892. He developed a public park because he believed everyone, not just wealthy landowners, should be able to experience and appreciate being outdoors. The park was designed to highlight and enhance the natural and man-made amenities found here. In 1912, Childs' wife, Emma, deeded the land to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. George W. Childs Park became part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in 1983 and the National Park Service is proud to continue Childs' vision and preserve this park for public enjoyment.

The trail follows Dingmans Creek as it flows through a lush ravine, over three rushing waterfalls, and adjacent to the ruins of a mill and several structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Dingmans Creek boasted a dozen mills at its peak. At Factory Falls, the Brooks family ran a bustling woolen mill from 1823 to 1832, a rarity outside of big cities. The mill ruins are visible next to the waterfall. Fulmer Falls is a short distance downstream from Factory Falls. Here, the Civilian Conservation Corps built a rustic-style pavilion for a scenic picnic spot. Deer Leap Falls Finally, the trail loops past a third waterfall, Deer Leap Falls.

Other Information: the trail is accessible to the first waterfall (approximately a third of a mile, one-way); restroom located at trailhead

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Last updated: August 18, 2015

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