Explore the most popular trails in Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail!

Excellent ride from Stockton, north through Raven Rock and onto Pa side. WARNING, one mile south of Stockton bridge,trail is closed, they want to push you out onto rt 611 a dangerous road for 1.2 miles or you have to turn back and cross Stockton Bridge to Jersey side then down to Lambertville, New Hope

mountain biking
5 months ago

Flat easy trail. It is nice (trail by the river beats biking next to cars) but it gets boring after a while. I took it from New Brunswick to Princeton. Easy to find. No drinking water on the way (the only 2 bathrooms we found had hot -really hot- water or none at all), so take plenty or you will have to get out of the route to find somewhere to buy (which for us was a good excuse to have an ice cream as well)

Great walk and beautiful scenery- would do it again but with more water bottles.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Awesome experience On this trail. But unfortunately I have a Flat tire Twice.

Great trail running! The course is a bit windy and has roots/uneven surfaces in some areas so keeping your eyes on the ground is key. Beautiful scenery with a gorgeous steam. Quite a few mountain bikers so be prepared to jump into the brush as the trail is one person wide in most places.

Very nice trail for walkers, runners and bikers... I would say for most of activities that fits to all the ages. Great nature watch trail with a long distance...

Great hike to great in some distance, but this trail was made for mountain biking no doubt.

Wonderful run along the canal, spring is the perfect time to enjoy this trail. Wish I had this type of long distance trail back home.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Giving this 3 stars only because I ride my bike through here. It is awesome for bike riding. I really wouldn't walk the trail as it can get pretty boring really fast. However, if you are looking to for a nice bike ride, not hard at all, this is a great path for it. The terrain is rather smooth and you can go pretty fast without the fear of any rocks or branches sticking out.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Probably the best mountain biking trail in NJ

Great for a nice easy bike ride! Good scenery and easy to follow. Not really mountain biking just off road trail.

Nice curvy trail

mountain biking
Saturday, November 25, 2017


Started in Stockton and walked to Lambertville. easy walking along the Delaware River. level gravel path.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

light nature walk. fenced off abandoned building on the property

trail running
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Love running here

Monday, July 04, 2016

nice hike

Friday, May 06, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hike in the fall the leaves come out very nicely

Friday, January 02, 2015

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.

road biking
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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
Monday, April 29, 2013

nice and long track.. very nice place.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Great for running with dogs. :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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!!

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