Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"For more than 150 years the Delaware and Raritan Canal has been a tribute to the hundreds of laborers who created it. Armed with only picks and shovels, the crews spent countless grueling hours digging the long, deep trench. Today the canal is a major source of drinking water for residences and businesses in twenty-two towns, and since becoming a state park in 1974, it has been used by hikers, canoeists, fishermen, and bicyclists.
Largemouth bass, pickerel, rainbow trout, and catfish can be hooked in this murky water. A fishing license is required. Although you won’t see many houses along this stretch today, stories abound about the old houses with their tall picket fences that prevented children from falling into the water. One owner placed empty whiskey bottles on the pickets as a decoration and much to his surprise found that passing coal barge crews would take aim at the bottles with pieces of coal. It didn’t take him too long to collect a free supply of coal for the winter!"