Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

Trail Map

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Note: Periodically parts of the trail become impassable from floods and other damage. For updates on trail conditions, visit the Canal State Park website.

The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail follows the towpath of the canal, which was built in the early 1830s as a transportation corridor between Philadelphia and New York. Along the route you'll find 19th-century bridges and bridge-tender houses, remnants of locks, cobblestone spillways and hand built stone-arch culverts. You can even rent canoes at Griggstown and Princeton if you prefer the water route.

The upper portion of the feeder canal follows the Delaware River through many old towns with historical significance. In Trenton, the U-shaped trail has a gap between Mulberry Street and Southard Street. South of Trenton, a disconnected segment runs between John A. Roebling Memorial Park and Hamilton Marshes.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail from dozens of places along the way. Refer to the map for more details or visit the Canal State Park website.


Some Sections Washboard

   June, 2014 by back2bikes

This week we rode the Main D&R trail from Amwell Rd south to Carnigie Lake (12 miles one way). There were sections that were heavily washboarded by overflow from the canal. The trail would not be good for road bikes. read more

Wrecked, Avoid It Now (May 2014)

   May, 2014 by krupocin

I previously reviewed this trail a 5 star, but I just went a few days ago (last week of May) and the trail is unrideable, I don't know what's going on. I usually start in New Brunswick at the trail end near Johnson Park and ride to Princeton & back, and more

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   January, 2014 by kenny egurrola

I rode the trail from South Bound Brook into Princeton. Like others have said, the scenery was surreal. I will be back soon to cover all of this and the D & L trail in PA. It deserves five stars. read more