BUSHKILL - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area took another hit from Mother Nature as Tuesday’s severe storm rolled through the area leaving downed trees and utility wires in its wake.

Park crews and utility company workers have been clearing trees and repairing snapped poles and hanging wires since the storm hit at about 4 p.m. on May 15. Several roads are closed until they can be cleared of hazards.  Many areas in the park are still closed from damages sustained in the March snowstorms.

Visitors and commuters are reminded to stay out of closed areas and obey road closures, gates and barricades.  They are there for a reason- to keep people safe, including those working on clearing trees and wires.  “It should go without saying,” Deputy Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes stated, “but we wouldn’t say it if it didn’t happen.”  Entering closed areas puts everyone at risk, including those who have to perform rescues.

Roads closed

The following roads and facilities in PA were currently CLOSED due to the May 15 storm, as of May 17.

Park Headquarters is closed due to a power outage.  Power is anticipated to be restored by the weekend.  Most HQ employees are working remotely or at alternative locations in the park that have power. Valley View Group Campground is closed due to a significant number of fallen trees.  Crews are scheduled to clear that area on Monday. (NPS photo attached.) River Road from Hialeah to the intersection with Hidden Lake Drive is closed. Church Road from Hidden Lake Road to Mosiers Knob Road is closed.

The following roads and facilities in NJ are currently CLOSED due to the May 15 storm: Old Mine Road from Worthington State Forest to Millbrook Village Old Mine Road from MIllbrook to Flatbrookville (Blue Mountain Lake Road and Skyline Drive cannot be reached because of this road closure.) Old Mine Road (dirt section) between Kuhn Road near Peters Valley and the Dodd House Mountain Road from Walpack Cemetery to Buttermilk Falls Rivers Bend Group Campground is closed due to a large number of downed trees.

Closures that remain in effect in NJ from the March storms include: Van Campens Glen Trail and picnic area Kaiser Trail It is anticipated that these areas may re-open later this summer.

Closures that remain in effect in PA from the March storms include: George W. Childs Park and Dingmans Falls Visitor Center and Trail are closed for the remainder of 2018. Adams Creek, Toms Creek, and Hornbeck Creek Trails are closed for the remainder of 2018. Conashaugh Trail, Hidden Lake Trail, and the Cliff Park Trails including Hackers Falls are currently closed but are anticipated to re-open later this summer when work there is completed. Two Ponds and Scenic Gorge Trails at Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are currently closed but are anticipated to re-open soon. All other trails at PEEC are open.