Here's what to expect when visiting the park this winter

Some sites and roads in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be closed or limited until spring


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  • The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania, south of Milford (Photo by Pamela Chergotis)



— In winter, the National Park Service closes some visitor use sites and roads in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

“Plowing and treating the main roads through the park is a top priority when we have snow and ice,” said John Lambert, Chief of Maintenance at the park. "Secondary roads, administrative buildings, and visitor use sites will be plowed after the main roads have been cleared and are safe for travel."

The following locations will remain open through the winter but may not be cleared of snow and ice immediately following a storm:

River Road

Bushkill Access

Smithfield Beach

Point of Gap Overlook

Milford Beach

In New Jersey:

Blue Mountain Lakes

Millbrook Village

The McDade Recreational Trail will be accessible from Smithfield Beach, Milford Beach, Park Headquarters, and Bushkill Access.

Sites that will be closed for winter in early January or at the first significant snowfall, whichever comes first, include:

Eshback Access

Dingmans Access

Hialeah Picnic Area

George W. Childs Park

Dingmans Falls Visitor Center (main parking lot and restrooms)

Resort Point Overlook

Raymondskill Falls

In New Jersey:

Poxono Boat Launch

Turtle Beach

Mountain Road

Van Campen Inn

Watergate and Namanock Recreation Sites

Old Mine Road south of Van Campen Inn (dirt section)

Main parking lot and restrooms at Kittatinny Point

The sites that will be closed through the winter were selected based on factors including water supply systems that require winterization, reduced custodial staff, and other priorities for snow and ice removal.

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and site openings and closures, call park headquarters at 570-426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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