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.