Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

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Trail Distance: 72.8 miles
Time Estimate: 13 hr 30 min +
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description
This pupcredible multi-use pathway stretches over 70 miles between Frenchtown and New Brunswick. When you hike the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail, you'll follow the old towpath through towns and some marshland. Along the way, you'll see pieces of history like lock remnants, cobblestone spillways, bridge tender houses, and hand-made culverts. The route passes through a few parks and provides a welcoming habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife. There are two sections to the rail-trail: the main towpath and the feeder trail. There is no elevation gain listed for either part.

You don't have to attempt the whole trail in one outing. There are entry points at various locations along the way. The main towpath is 34 miles long, and it has a packed dirt surface. This section of the trail allows bikes and horses as well as pedestrians. The feeder path has a crushed stone surface, is 31.5 miles long, and does not permit equines. You'll find some additional loops off the main road in Six Mile Run Reservoir, Cook Natural Area, and the Kingston Greenway. Along the way, there are historic sites like Prallsville Mills in Stockton, the Griggstown Historical Section, and Blackwell's Mills. In the reservoir area, look for 18th-century farmhouses and old Dutch granaries. The forests and fields here also boast a variety of wildlife for your enjoyment.

As long as your pup stays on-leash, they can join you when you hike here. The park encourages carry-in, carry-out practices to protect the natural habitats. Bring water and bags to remove any waste.

Whether you plan a full day of hiking or you only use a part of this pathway, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is a pupful place to visit. Walk by the Delaware River as you travel through a variety of settings. On the way, you'll pass by some quaint villages that offer a look into the history of this area.

Trail Features
Wetland, Easy Incline, River, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Parts of the trail may flood after heavy rains. Check on the status of the pathway at the Canal State Park website before you start your hike.
Address
George Street and Landing Lane
Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Hours
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Address
George Street and Landing Lane
Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset