Childs Park (George W. Childs Recreation Area) - Dingmans Ferry, PA
A few miles upstream from Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls, Childs Park is a picturesque hemlock forest along Dingmans Creek within Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. Three cascading waterfalls, a family-friendly trail, and interesting ruins—including a 19th-century woolen mill—have made this a treasured nature area since the late 1800s.
The park is named for George W. Childs, the noted Philadelphia publisher who opened it to the public in 1892 as a place to relax and enjoy nature. Childs' widow turned the land over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912, and it was operated as a state park until 1983, when it became a part of the National Recreation Area.
After a three-year rehabilitation, the park was reopened in 2013. Volunteers from the Millbrook Village Society milled all the lumber for the project from trees that were cut down in the park during a highway expansion, and from the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site. This site, which is among the most popular areas in the park for visitors and local residents, hearkens back to a bygone era of nature parks.
Trail is accessible to the first waterfall, about a third of a mile. Parking area and restroom at the trailhead.
Pet Friendly Notes
- A 1.4 mile loop trail with boardwalk sections follows Dingmans Creek through a lush ravine, overlooks three waterfalls, and passes by the ruins of a 19th-century woolen mill and several structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Due to winter storms in 2018, this site is closed. Please lookhere for a list of trails and sites that are open.