Plan Your Visit

People walk away along the Dingmans Creek Trail boardwalk as the path stretches into the woods t the right..
The Dingmans Creek Trail is just one of many great places to take a hike. We hope you get a chance to come enjoy it. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

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What do you feel like doing during your visit?

That's a question we have lots of answers to, but which one is right for you?

Would you like to rent a canoe or kayak from one of the local livery companies and get out on the river for an afternoon or overnight? How about a hike up to one of the best views in the area? Maybe you're looking for a safe spot to grill and take a swim. No matter what you're looking for when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, we have something for you. We look forward to seeing you.

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The NPS App gives you the tools to visit any NPS site in the country with confidence knowing information is just a touch away.

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Let's make a plan!

Did you know we have an app, now?

The best way to begin any adventure is with information and a little planning. The new National Park Service app allows you to find information about every national park site in the country, including this one. You can get maps and other important information to help you plan your visit.

Get your NPS App here and start planning your next adventure.

A hospital rescue helicopter sits on pavement with a sign to the left reading Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Our first responders are heroes that stand ready when you need them. The only thing they ask is that you play safe. Please stay on marked trails, wear your life jacket or PFD on the river, and swim at designated swim beaches.


Do you plan on parking a vehicle overnight?

This site is open to the public from dawn to dusk for most outdoor recreation and fishing/hunting activities. Overnight parking is permitted, but only under certain conditions. If you do plan to park your vehicle overnight, we will need some information from you prior to your visit. We have a link to our overnight parking log below.

The park superintendent has directed that those who are parked, or at a location past regular visiting hours must be, as stated in the Superintendent's Compendium of Park Regulations on page 4, engaged in activities associated with authorized overnight trips on the Appalachian Trail (AT) or Delaware River, or engaged in hunting or fishing in accordance with federal and state law.”

As stated above, overnight parking is only permitted within the park when the vehicle owner and occupants are engaged in the following activities:

  • Backcountry camping trip along the Appalachian Trail, and the vehicles are parked in a designated parking area
  • Delaware river trips lasting more than one day, and the vehicles are parked in an authorized Delaware river boat/canoe/kayak access
  • Fishing and Hunting activities that fall within applicable state laws (ex: night cat fishing)

Please register your visit information with the park Emergency Operations office.
Help us to be there for you in an emergency by registering your vehicle information below.

Register Your Overnight Parking Information Here

Note: If you are unable to use our registration system, please call the park Emergency Operations office at: 570-426-2457. This phone is monitored 24/7 for emergency calls and should only be used if you are unable to register online.

Why do we need this information?

Knowing where you plan to camp or hike is the fastest way for our first responders to get you help, or contact you in the event of an emergency. Your help can make all the difference in an emergency.

Safety is our priority. A safe memorable visit is our goal. We ask the you please take a moment to educate yourself on the specific requirements related to overnight stays prior to your trip to avoid any problems.

Ranger Tip: Don't forget to let a family member or friend know your plans as an additional backup.

Dingmans Falls flows downward then forward, then downward again, splaying wider as its water hits the creek below
Dingmans Falls is a popular destination in the park. Located in Dingman's Ferry, PA, this scenic and accessible trail offers visitors a pair of waterfalls as your reward. Dingman's Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, with Raymondskill Falls five miles north being the tallest.


Some fun facts about the park

As one of the largest nature areas in the northeast, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has many options for outdoor fun. Below are just a small selection of ideas for planning a visit. We hope you have a great visit.

  • 40 miles of Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River beauty for you to see and explore
  • Over 70,000 acres of forested mountains, river valleys, and fertile floodplains
  • Beautiful tumbling waters, rhododendron filled ravines, and quiet hemlock forests
  • The spectacular Delaware Water Gap, the stunning geological feature that gives our park its name
  • More than 120 miles of hiking trails along streams, ridges, mountaintops and some of the most beautiful countryside you are ever going to see, anywhere
  • Bountiful wildlife in habitats ranging from river to ridge top
  • 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • More than 100 miles of scenic roadways for you to travel in peace
  • Historic villages, structures, and landscapes that tell the valleys story
  • Agricultural fields that have fed people and livestock for more than a thousand years


Getting Started

Icy Delaware River with trees in background and sun rising behind

Current Conditions

Check here for information on river and weather conditions in the park


Do you have a question?

We are here to help, so please contact us with your questions, or concerns. We want to hear from you. Our phones are monitored during the following business hours:

Winter Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Summer Hours:
Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Please use this email address for any park related questions. We will forward your information to the appropriate park representative that can answer your questions or address your concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

Email Us

Voice: 570-426-2452
Fax: 570-426-2402

Last updated: January 3, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 2

Bushkill , PA 18324


570 426-2452

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