The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. Mule drawn canal boat rides and the Lock Tender's House Visitor Center are at New Hope. A walk along the 60-mile towpath is a stroll into American history. Paralleling the Delaware River between Easton and Bristol, this diverse park contains an historic canal and towpath, many miles of river shoreline and eleven river islands. From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to Delaware Canal State Park will enjoy the ever-changing scenery along its corridor.

We did eastern half of the PA side today, from the Stockton bridge halfway up and back down again. It was a very pretty walk, flat and easy, mostly firm dirt, shaded, very few mush areas, about 25 feet above Delaware River water level between the river and an abandoned canal, pretty well isolated from the adjacent River Road and very lightly traveled with a few walkers, bikers. Not too much color today but I don't think the leaves are destined for that this year. I suspect the peak may be next weekend.

I don't think the segment on the north/east side of the Delaware (NJ side) is open this time of year, it was fenced off going both ways at the bridge.

Parked on Bridge Street in Stockton, walked over the bridge, went down the stairs on the left and made a right onto the trail. There is a parking area on the PA side maybe a mile north/west of the Stockton bridge which was open with open rest rooms.

Very pretty and pleasant, esp in today's crisp air, though no to-die-for views. Definitely a 4+ star easy trail, but not 5.

We had a nice lunch at the Milford House Inn in Milford NJ about 12 miles north. The Centre Bridge Inn is right at the PA side of the Stockton bridge but it was not open for lunch today. Apparently nowhere else in Stockton for a lunch with servers. New Hope, PA is just south.