D & L Trail - Delaware Canal Towpath

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The Delaware Canal Towpath, which extends from Bristol to Easton, dates back to the historical canal-building era of the early and mid-1800s. Through its connection with the Lehigh Navigation Canal at Easton, the Delaware Canal helped to develop the anthracite coal industry in the Upper Lehigh Valley. In 1940, the canal system became a state park, and in 1988 Congress officially recognized the system's importance to the economic evolution of America by establishing the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Today, the 60-mile Delaware Canal Towpath, once trod by teams of mules pulling cargo-laden boats, is one of four named trails that make up the 165-mile D&L Trail, the backbone of the National Heritage Corridor and the longest publicly owned trail remaining in the state. Other trails contained in the D&L are: the Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail, the Lehigh Canal North, and Lehigh Canal South.

Flood damage in 2004 and 2006 closed entire sections of the trail while significant repairs were made. The trail reopened in July 2010. Most of the repair focused on the locks and canal itself. The trail surface remains bumpy from exposed tree roots; users should expect rough conditions.

A variety of looping routes can be followed using any of the five bridges that cross into New Jersey and connect to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the Jersey side of the river. Trail users can easily access both sides of the river to explore quaint towns and in-land trails to take in scenic river views. Connecting bridges are in the Pennsylvania towns of Uhlerstown, Lumberville, Center Bridge, Washington Crossing and Morrisville.

NOTE: The trail is prone to flood damage in places and has suffered in recent years. Check with local authorities before heading out.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Washington Crossing trailhead from I-95, take Exit 51 to New Hope. Stay left and merge onto Taylorsville Road. Travel 3 miles to Taylorsville and turn right onto PA 532. Turn left on River Road (State Route 32) and park in the lot on the left.

There are numerous other access points along the 60-mile length of Delaware Canal State Park, which parallels Pennsylvania Routes 611 and 32. For more information, visit the Delaware Canal State Park website by clicking on the link to the right under "Related Links."

Reviews

From Morrisville to Easton

   September, 2016 by robert.richter89

I just completed a 100 mile round trip from the Ferry Road trail head in Morrisville to the northernmost terminus at Easton. I chose to start at Ferry Road as it is local to me and you bypass the trail obstructions at Morrisville and Bristol. I'd break ...read more

Morrisville to Washington Crossing and back on the NJ side

   September, 2016 by shk_61

Wonderful trail. Flat and level. Not very crowded. The views are beautiful. The NJ side is just as nice, however, it come out in West Trenton. I would suggest riding there with a group. Not a very nice part of town and the route is a bit confusing. Wouldn't ...read more

Tinicum Park south to Lumberton footbridge/Loop back thru NJ

   July, 2016 by oobiedoobie

Parked at Tinicum Park and rode the trail south to Lumberton PA, where a footbridge brings you to NJ for the ride back up to Frenchtown bridge, back into PA, back to Tinicum. About 21 miles. Flat. The PA side: First 4 miles were not bad-nice trail, very ...read more