DandR Canal Towpath

New Jersey

Elevation Gain280ft
Trailhead Elevation72ft
Elevation Min/Max45/72ft
Elevation Start/End72/72ft

DandR Canal Towpath

D&R Canal Towpath is a hiking and biking trail in Mercer County and Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It is within Jefferson Elementry School Catchment Area. It is 12.4 miles long and begins at 72 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 280 feet. Along the trail there are parkings, woods, and a water. This trail connects with the following: Delaware and Raritan Trail.

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Road Biking New Jersey (Falcon Guides)
Tom Hammell
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"The Delaware and Raritan Canal is a great place to take a leisurely ride. This laidback ride shows you some of the nicer parts of the canal just north of Princeton, as well as some good scenery at the base of the Sourland Mountains."
Best Bike Rides Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra
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"Back when the country was new, if you wanted to move a lot of goods quickly and cheaply from one point to another, you moved it by boat. If there wasn’t a handy water route between the two points, often a water route was made by digging a canal. The D&R Canal is a great example of one of these canals and one of the few from this era that still holds water. Today, besides being used as a water supply, it also is a great recreation area with a great towpath that this ride will explore."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books)
Mary Jasch
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"For two cars, drive farther north on County Route 29 to just above Stockton. Turn left into the almost-hidden parking lot just before the historic stone and wood buildings of the Prallsville Mill. Take your dog for an easy, interesting hike along this abandoned railroad bed of the Belvidere-Delaware Railway Line. He will enjoy its diverse situations, such as standing on an aqueduct above a fun falls, swimming in the placid canal, and scouting the sights, sounds, and scents of this busy, mostly sunny, path that runs through two historic towns between the D&R Canal and the Delaware River. With just one car, hike a moderate out-and-back hike of 8.4 miles in 5 hours."

D&R Canal Towpath Trip Reports

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This easy trail along the canal is bustling with wildlife! Today we saw a blue bird, turtles, geese, and even a beaver!! Be cautious as the bicyclist do not use bells, but there is plenty of room for both type of pedestrians.
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I've been cycling this trail for the last few years and I love it. The scenery is nice and the traffic (except for the weekends) is minimal.

This trail actually starts all the way up in New Brunswick and then ends 100 miles later in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The elevation gain is minimal and it's overall a very flat trail. Excellent for cycling or if you just want to do an easy hike over a long distance.

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Trail Information

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
Local Contacts
DeLorme: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer: Pages 36 N9 and 41 A9. New Jersey Bike Maps: Rocky Hill, Monmouth Junction; www.njbikemap.com.
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