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Factory Falls - Childs Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania

Photos by Marty Straub
Marty's Dingmans Ferry Collection

     Childs Park, located in the Childs Park stone marker, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Dingmans Ferry, PADelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, has little to do with swing sets or a line of chickens perched on a coil spring. Forgetting first impressions, Deer Leap Falls - Childs Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Dingmans Ferry, PA visitors quickly discover the park is named after philanthropist George W. Childs. Here among a heavily wooded hemlock grove three graceful waterfalls and Dingmans Creek make up the main attraction.
     Once a Pennsylvania state park, Childs Park recently benefitted from a major National Park Service refurbishment project. Lead by national park staff, a team of volunteers, local park employees and a contractor performed an incredible transformation of Childs Park. Fulmer Falls - Childs Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Dingmans Ferry, PA Reopened on May 20, 2013, the park staff is excited to share their park with the public once again. New restroom facilities, parking lots, picnic areas, bridges, walkways and overlooks create a top-notch recreation site. Included in the project were handicapped accessible trails and picnic sites.
     Donated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912 by widow Childs, the site features Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls. The Factory Falls name alludes to a nearby 19th century woolen mill. Built in the late 1820s, 200 years have reduced the three story mill to a tattered foundation. A popular Pennsylvania attraction for over a century, the Commonwealth conveyed the parkland to the National Parks Service in 1983. As you can see from these photos, the park is a photographer's paradise.

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