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.


Summer Family Adventure

   May, 2016 by rongloryrovinsky

Starting out doing small parts of the trail with family, abut 4 miles at a time. Enjoying this trail very mush!! read more

A Sunday adventure on the D&R

   September, 2015 by jimmiec_tl

Rode the main canal towpath from New Brunswick to Trenton and it was quite an adventure. There is a different “feel” or “character” to this approximately 40 mile ride. At times you feel as if you are riding a country lane in New England; in some stretches more

Wonderful trail, but keep in mind there are business & bypass routes

   September, 2015 by dmunyan

My wife and I rode the D&R from Washington Crossing State Park (easy entrance, safe parking) to Frenchtown and back down the D&L on Saturday, September 26th. The round trip was almost a perfect 50 miles. The weather was ideal for the ride. The trail is more