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Delaware Canal State Park


The 60-mile Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. Today, the canal retains almost all of its features as they existed during its century of commercial operation.

In the early 1800s, America was growing rapidly. Canals provided a better way of transporting natural resources to urban areas. When completed in 1832, the Delaware Canal connected with the Lehigh Navigation System at Easton and helped to develop the anthracite coal industry in the Upper Lehigh Valley. These canals provided a convenient and economical means of transporting coal to Philadelphia, New York, and the eastern seaboard.

As railroads became a more efficient means of transporting goods, it became increasingly difficult to profitably operate canals. The last paying canal boat completed its journey through the Delaware Canal on October 17, 1931.

On the same day, 40 miles of the canal were deeded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth acquired the remaining 20 miles in 1940.


W Landry

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
It is very scenic. Surprisingly little other people around, usually. There is always something new to see and plenty of wildlife to observe. You could spot some Bald Eagles or Herons along with frogs and turtles. They also have spots where you can picnic. There are picnic tables and charcoal grills free to the public.

Danette Kashetta

Saturday, June 9, 2018
I was in Hugh Moore Park area. I officiated a wedding there under the trees today, Very casual but meaningful. You could see the boat on the canal being pulled by mules as they were 100 years ago. Pavilion has electricity, must be rented to reserve. Great for family or class reunions.

Nick Nooie

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Excellent summer bass, pickerel, sunfish and carp fishing up the entire length of the canal. Spring trout stocking. Beautiful scenery all year round. The tow path is a great place to walk the dog, ride your bike, or just take a long walk in the fresh air.

Liam Tahaney

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A very nice park. It's unique in that it's long and skinny. A park equivalency of Chile. Definitely a good place for a relaxing stroll or bike ride. Cool locks throughout, wildlife, fish, turtles, etc. Also runs through some nice sleepy pa towns

Zachary Evanko

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
I hike the trail along the canal often. It can get a little muddy at times but it generally is not very crowded. Nice views along the canal and the river. Terrain is flat and the trail is covered with stone. Definitely good for beginners. I walk all my dogs there frequently. Nice and wide so passing people or hiking with groups is never a problem.

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