Upper Delaware River / Roebling Bridge

Hancock, New York

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Take in the views of a National Scenic and Recreational River at its most admired and celebrated crossing. What this brisk walk lacks in challenge it definitely makes up in scenic beauty, with the added boost of technological ingenuity. Here you have the opportunity to see and walk across the oldest existing wire cable suspension bridge in the United States, one that once carried the waters of the Delaware and Hudson Canal over another waterway, the Upper Delaware River. Park in the area provided at the bridge and begin your walk at the clearly marked trailhead. Walk east along the gentle river for 0.5 mile to Minisink Ford, location of a hamlet that became the site of a Revolutionary War battle in 1779. The short trail ends here, so once you’ve enjoyed the view and perhaps a picnic lunch, you’ll turn around and walk back to the Roebling Bridge. At this point, it’s only natural to turn onto the bridge and cross into Pennsylvania.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Take in the views of a National Scenic and Recreational River at its most admired and celebrated crossing.

What this brisk walk lacks in challenge it definitely makes up in scenic beauty, with the added boost of technological ingenuity. Here you have the opportunity to see and walk across the oldest existing wire cable suspension bridge in the United States, one that once carried the waters of the Delaware and Hudson Canal over another waterway, the Upper Delaware River.

Park in the area provided at the bridge and begin your walk at the clearly marked trailhead. Walk east along the gentle river for 0.5 mile to Minisink Ford, location of a hamlet that became the site of a Revolutionary War battle in 1779. The short trail ends here, so once you’ve enjoyed the view and perhaps a picnic lunch, you’ll turn around and walk back to the Roebling Bridge. At this point, it’s only natural to turn onto the bridge and cross into Pennsylvania.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hancock
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 125 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, 274 River Rd., Beach Lake, PA 18405; (570) 685-4871; nps.gov/upde
Local Maps: Available at nps.gov/upde
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Delaware River / Roebling Bridge

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