The Delaware and Raritan Canal—Millstone Valley

Kingston, New Jersey

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This loop is a good level hike for a spring warm-up or a Sunday afternoon stroll. While sauntering under a canopy of trees, enjoy the rushing river on one side and the placid canal on the other. The hike affords numerous interpretive kiosks and side trips to the historical sites. Easy to add more miles! This hike begins at the Crossroads of New Jersey. During the Late Woodland Period, the Lenape’s Assunpink Trail took advantage of the Millstone Valley floodplain running between the Delaware and Raritan Rivers. In the mid-1600s the Dutch used it to travel between New Amsterdam and the Dutch settlements along the Delaware Bay. Later, the Old Dutch Trail became the British Kings Highway, connecting New York City with Philadelphia. In 1913 the Kings Highway was designated as the Lincoln Highway, patching together other roads to create the first transcontinental route, thus promoting the use of the automobile.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Northeast New Jersey

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Northeast New Jersey

by Paul E. DeCpste and Ronald J. Dupont Jr. (Falcon Guides)

This loop is a good level hike for a spring warm-up or a Sunday afternoon stroll. While sauntering under a canopy of trees, enjoy the rushing river on one side and the placid canal on the other. The hike affords numerous interpretive kiosks and side trips to the historical sites. Easy to add more miles!

This hike begins at the Crossroads of New Jersey. During the Late Woodland Period, the Lenape’s Assunpink Trail took advantage of the Millstone Valley floodplain running between the Delaware and Raritan Rivers. In the mid-1600s the Dutch used it to travel between New Amsterdam and the Dutch settlements along the Delaware Bay. Later, the Old Dutch Trail became the British Kings Highway, connecting New York City with Philadelphia. In 1913 the Kings Highway was designated as the Lincoln Highway, patching together other roads to create the first transcontinental route, thus promoting the use of the automobile.

©  Paul E. DeCpste and Ronald J. Dupont Jr./Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kingston
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to The Delaware and Raritan Canal—Millstone Valley

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May 2018