The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jerseys most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding. The canal and towpath are part of the National Recreational Trail System. The 70-mile linear park is a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests. With its 19th-century bridges, bridgetender houses, past and present locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction for history lovers. The upper reach of the feeder canal wanders through quaint New Jersey towns along the Delaware River such as Stockton and Lambertville. The main canal passes the Port Mercer canal house, through the charming village of Griggstown to Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. Canoes can be rented at Griggstown and Princeton from private concessionaires. Most of the canal system remains intact today and is a reminder of the days when the delivery of freight depended upon a team of mules or steam tugboats. Nearly 36 miles of the main canal and 22 miles of the feeder canal still exist, with many historic structures along the canal.

light nature walk. fenced off abandoned building on the property

trail running
6 months ago

Love running here

6 months ago

nice hike

This trail is close to and has access from New Brunswick / Piscataway and Highland Park. Easy to enter from Johnson Park. Hardly any crowds, no incline and perfect for running and cycling. Also cool as you get to spot turtles, fishes and sometimes snakes in the canal.

Very beautiful scenic view of the Delaware River, along side the tow path where old style barges use to be used for cargo transport. It's only 4.2 miles of easy walk on pretty level gravel terrain.

Where Princeton goes to stretch its legs. You can take the tow path in bite-size bits, from Frenchtown PA to Millstone NJ, or combine a bunch of them. The Princeton to Kingston stretch runs alongside Lake Carnegie. The D&R makes for pleasant, non-strenuous (it's dead level the whole way) walking or biking.

Hike in the fall the leaves come out very nicely

I have walked this section and well as biking it. It nice and flat for the most part. Fairly well maintained. It's very nice during the spring and summer.

Great trail with beautiful scenery. I biked around 20 miles on this trail and it's very easy and pleasant, no up or downhills but every now and then you will have to cross over a rocky section but it's not many. I saw some people fishing and some people just walking or running. Overall it was a lot of fun and a great multi-use trail

3 years ago

Best for hiking and riding during the weekdays particularly in the morning if your schedule permits...the park is less crowded. I try to stay away during weekends as it gets too crowded.

mountain biking
3 years ago

nice and long track.. very nice place.

It's a beautiful scenic trail, but it's very flat since it's a towpath for the canal. Very very easy to walk or run, but it's much more interesting as a biking trail. Very long, flat and off-road, you can even use road bikes on it. Limited access in places, but good parking at the designated parking lots. There are a lot more access points to the trail that is listed on the map. Go to the web site for more maps.

trail running
4 years ago

Great for running with dogs. :)

I've walked the entire tow path previously and am in the process of walking the tow path as part of the NJ100 Challenge.

This trail sucks! I drove an hour to hike this trail that I could of done in my own back yard. Im not a hiking snob but after doing other hikes that were so much better then this, I was sooooo dissapointed! Thumbs down!!

It was a number of years ago but my wife, myself and our 11 children found this little bit of heaven in NJ and enjoyed the scenery,ate by the canal and walked to a historical site. The name escapes me at the moment but it was a day we cherished for years. Try It... You'll Like It.

On Kingston Rocky Hill Rd is a so easy flat walking trail. Hot day for April in the 80s. Conditions were very good. Trees were cut away from trails. Surprised to see so many on a Monday. We took Silver Maple Trail it was muddy and the trails were grown over. Not much used. But a nice side trip off the used trail. Saw so many turtles, lots of poison ivy, I really wish I knew my plants and shrooms to forage. Great for biking.

A nice, easy trail with nice scenery, which I've enjoyed several times. Keep in mind that this trail was a canal towpath, so it is more straight and flat than not. Really more of a walk than a hike, but pleasant anyway.