D & L Trail - Delaware Canal Towpath

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The Delaware Canal Towpath, which extends from Bristol to Easton, is the only continuous intact canal remaining from the historic 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

Rode from Bull's Island to Frenchtown--Sep 27 2014

   September, 2014 by franklui

I started just south of Bull's Island on the PA side. The PA side is still not quite repaired after the storm damage. Along the PA path are barriers blocking the path to warn cyclist to stay away. But it is clear from the worn-out path around the barrier ...read more

Beautiful scenery, but trail is rough in spots

   September, 2014 by tatiana9

We rode this trail for the first time yesterday from Easton on south. This is the area that from reports, was previously washed out. After riding on Pine Creek trail (Wellsboro) the week before, this was certainly a rough ride. And, the trail goes down ...read more

Del Canal Flood Damage is fixed

   August, 2014 by dan.foulk.1

path is completely open from Easton south. All flood repairs wrapping up as of 8/12/14 read more