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Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

145 Mapleton Rd

The 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 towpath are part of the National Recreational Trail System. The 70-mile linear park is a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests.

With its 19th-century bridges, bridgetender houses, past and present locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction for history lovers. The upper reach of the feeder canal wanders through quaint New Jersey towns along the Delaware River such as Stockton and Lambertville. The main canal passes the Port Mercer canal house, through the charming village of Griggstown to Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. Canoes can be rented at Griggstown and Princeton from private concessionaires.

Most of the canal system remains intact today and is a reminder of the days when the delivery of freight depended upon a team of mules or steam tugboats. Nearly 36 miles of the main canal and 22 miles of the feeder canal still exist, with many historic structures along the canal.


Tom McKee

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Restored tow path provides great hiking or biking, scenic views of the Delaware River that parallels the path. Lots of River towns along the way are good lunch stops. Picturesque Delaware River bridges provide pedestrian crossings that bring you from New Jersey to Pennsylvania where there is a parallel Canal Towpath that can you loop back to your starting point.

Thomas Kusch

Monday, April 23, 2018
A wonderful park to walk, ride your bike, kayak or canoe along the canal. One of our favorites all year long. We frequently spot various species of herons, egrets, other birds, deer, beavers, musk rats, and plenty of turtles sunbathing on logs or rocks. At Summer sunsets, thousands of fireflies illuminate meadows flanking the canal. One also hears and sometimes sees bull frogs. The most beautiful areas are between East Milltown and Rocky Hill, where the vegetation is very dense, and the river is very close to the canal.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Nice place for walks and runs. Especially nice for long runs since you don't have to worry about traffic. Path is mostly shaded in the summer too.

Brian Smith

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great place for hiking / biking / running or kayaking or Canoeing. Beautiful trail, kept clean and clear. Friendly people on the trail. Perfect for a day trip.

Luis Curet

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
No to much parking. It was a nice River. Make sure to bring appropriate shoes. People sloud bring trash bags for there own trash and not let them in the river.

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