The Delaware Canal State Park is a 60 mile long trail that runs from Bristol to Easton on the Pennsylvania side of the river. Across the Delaware River is the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. This park has a trail that runs along the New Jersey side for 70 miles. These two trails can be linked by several bridges that cross the river making this area great for long cycling loops. The trail is flat and is mostly a crushed cinder surface.
What Makes It Great
The Delaware Canal Trails are great because you can do a long ride with nice scenery. Along your ride, you will see historic towns, views of the Delaware River, farm fields and woodlands. The other thing that makes these trails great is the ability to make loops between them by using several connecting bridges in the towns of Morrisville, Washington Crossing, Center Bridge, Lumberville, and Uhlerstown.
Starting at Morrisville and Trenton (across the river) and going north, the trail has no obstructions, and there is potential to making connecting loops to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail across the river. These two trails run parallel to each other for 30 miles. Other activities along the Delaware River and the two canals, include boating, fishing, and bird watching. Some bird species you may see include Bald Eagles, Osprey, and many types of songbirds. In the winter the canal trails can also be a great place for cross country skiing.
Who is Going to Love It
The Delaware Canal Trail and Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail are great for family rides or long endurance rides. Families should start their ride in Morrisville or another city further to the north. There trail does not have detours that require road riding north of Morrisville and you have the ability to make loops with several bridges and the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail. Cyclists looking for a long ride may want to extend their trip by including the southern section of the PA side trail or the 30 mile section of trail in New Jersey that goes east from Trenton towards Princeton.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to the southern end of the trail from Philadelphia, take I-95 N for about 15 miles. Get off exit 40 for PA-413 S towards Bristol. follow PA-413 for 1.2 miles. Continue straight onto Otter Street and take a quick slight right onto Old Route 13. After 0.8 miles, merge onto Pond Street and turn left onto Jefferson Ave. Park on the right at a park and get on the trail at the north end of the park along a lake.
The location listed on the map will bring you to the more popular part of the trail. Starting at Morrisville and Trenton, the trail continues, unobstructed, all the way to Easton, PA. The closest section of trail to Philadelphia is the southern end of the trail in Bristol. From Bristol to Morrisville, there are some uncompleted sections of trail. You will need to ride on roads to connect them.