Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

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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 trail runs continuously for nearly 70 miles and is shaped like a “V” with Trenton at its center. It connects many other towns along the way, including Frenchtown, Lambertville, Ewing Township, Princeton, Franklin Township, and New Brunswick. It’s also part of the developing East Coast Greenway trail network that runs from Maine to Florida. 

South of Trenton, a short, disconnected segment of trail 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.


Nice, easy trail

   November, 2014 by slipsoup

Last year, I rode the eastern part of this trail. Recently, I rode some of the western part, from Lambertville to Frenchtown. This part of the trail is very flat and easy to ride. It doesn't follow the canal as much as the other section. However, you more

A short walk from town

   November, 2014 by valerie.rahn

Generally walk in from Bordentown entrance. Some loose boards on train bridge that require some repair, but nothing major. Just worrisome when on a bike. Shortly down path, before the next bridge, a tree was damaged by storm and blocks the path. Easy more

Beautiful, varied ride/some rough spots

   October, 2014 by emily b.

Rode from Lawrenceville through Trenton to Washington's Crossing and back on a sunny weekday in mid-October. Generally, it's an easy ride, since the grade is perfectly flat. However, east of the Delaware River, the track often dwindles to one or two cindered more