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. 

In Trenton, trail users can cross the Delaware River on the historical Calhoun Street Bridge to enter Morrisville, PA, and connect to the incredibly scenic 70-mile Delaware Canal Towpath.

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.

Reviews

I've ridden this trail many times with various starting points.....

   December, 2016 by rssle

I've ridden this trail many times with various starting points (and guests); my favorite being the parking lot adjacent to the DE River at Washington Crossing State Park on the NJ side. We'll ride N. from there to Lambertville (~7 mi) and either through ...read more

Very scenic, easy hike from New Hope.

   August, 2016 by crishazzard

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   July, 2016 by boba2z2

This is a beautiful trail along the canal and near the Delaware river. Lovely towns of New hope penn.and lambertville N.J. Easy riding from the south to that point at least. Enjoy. read more