May 22, 2018

Park prepares for summer visitors following devastating storms

Hundreds of downed trees, smashed bridges, may keep Childs Park closed for years

BUSHKILL - Employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have been busy cleaning up after multiple storms and getting facilities ready for a busy summer season.  The 70,000-acre national park unit is located in PA and NJ and is one of the top 25 most-visited national park units in the country with 3.4 million visits recorded in 2017. 

While most sites in the park are ready for the influx of summer visitors, several popular destinations will remain closed through 2018 due to damages from two back-to-back winter storms that hit the area in March.  Visitors are encouraged to visit the park’s website or call for updated information, maps, and directions before visiting. 

PA sites and trails that will NOT open this summer due to hazardous conditions include:

  • Dingmans Falls Visitor Center and Trail
  • George W. Childs Park
  • Adams Creek Trail and drainage area
  • Toms Creek Trail
  • Hornbecks Creek/Indian Ladders Trail

PA trails that are currently closed but are likely to re-open later in the season include:

  • Cliff Park trails, including Hackers Falls
  • Hidden Lake trail
  • Two Ponds and Scenic Gorge trails at Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
  • Conashaugh trail

PA trails that are currently OPEN include:

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Raymondskil Creek/Falls Trail
  • Arrow Island Trail
  • Slateford Loop Trail
  • McDade Trail (except the section between Conashaugh and Pittman Orchard trailheads which is closed for resource protection)
  • Tumbling Waters, Fossil, Sensory, and Ridgeline Trails and the Trail for Everyone at PEEC

 All trails in NJ are OPEN except the following which remain closed due to hazardous conditions: 

  • Kaiser Trail
  • Van Campens Glen Trail

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