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D&R Canal Towpath - East Branch

From You5414.33 Mi
Local TipsThe East Branch goes from Trenton to New Brunswick with many parking areas along the route & is well maintained, primarily packed dirt and crushed stone.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-07-25
Created ByScott
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Flat
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Baby-Jogger Friendly
  • Family Friendly
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance70-99
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionThe 70-mile Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding. The canal and the park are part of the National Recreation Trail System. This linear park is also a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests. A recent bird survey conducted in the park revealed 160 species of birds, almost 90 of which nested in the park

With its wooden bridges and 19th century bridge tender houses, remnants of locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction for history lovers. The upper portion of the feeder canal follows the Delaware River through historic New Jersey towns such as Frenchtown, Stockton and Lambertville. The main canal passes the Port Mercer bridge tender's house, through the charming villages of Kingston and Griggstown to Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. Canoes can be rented at Griggstown and Princeton from concessionaires.

The Towpath is split into two sections - one along the Delaware River and one from roughly Lawrenceville to New Brunswick - which connect in Trenton. Maps can be found at http://www.dandrcanal.com/maps.html.

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  • The Raritan Valley Road Runners club organizes a towpath run on the first Saturday in June. Check out rvrr.org for details. Choose your distance and pace group. ( by buja on 2014-05-11 )