Delaware and Raritan Canal: Frenchtown to Bulls Island

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Frenchtown, New Jersey

Delaware and Raritan Canal: Frenchtown to Bulls Island is a 9 mile point-to-point trail located near Frenchtown, New Jersey that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 131 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

The Delaware and Raritan Feeder Canal itself doesn't extend far above Bulls Island but the bike trail covers the entire distance along converted rail line, meaning the grade is even and the surface is smooth. There are plenty of parking opportunities and there seems to be a picnic bench every mile or so. You can make a 17 mile loop by utilizing the bridge at Frenchtown to cross over to Uherlerstown and the pedestrian-only bridge at Bulls Island to join the Delaware Canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side of the river.

running
17 days ago

I had a great run on this trail today! It’s mostly fine gravel the whole way, which was a bit challenging as a new runner who is used to pavement but it was otherwise pleasant. Very flat & shaded. It was a touch crowded, mostly with bicyclists. The trail is rather narrow so if you’re looking to have a bit of space due to covid-19 this might not be the place for you. We enjoyed take out from one of the restaurants in Frenchtown down by the parking lot afterwards, which is a nice treat after a long run!

Great trail if your looking for an easy out and back walk/hike. Pretty flat and has some nice little walk off areas that take you down to the river. Would recommend this to anyone looking to get out and enjoy nature !

running
Sat Oct 14 2017

We really enjoyed our run! If I were to have any complaints it would be to have a bathroom/ porta potty at the parking lots. Not sure how many people are runners, but this can be an issue for some! Finished and had brunch at the Lovin Oven. Perfect adventure.

mountain biking
Sat Aug 19 2017

Went from Frenchtown nj to bulls island crossed over briidge to pa and road to uhlerstown pa covered bridge up the road to uhlerstown Frenchtown bridge bac to our car. About 18 miles. Nice ride.

Sat Oct 08 2016

Flat ride and beautiful scenery

mountain biking
Thu Aug 11 2011

very easy trail. mostly shaded keep you out of the sun on a very hot afternoon. stop at new hope for lunch. areas you can cool off in the river. worth the trip on a weekend.

hiking
Mon Mar 07 2011

This is another, nice stroll on an old canal towpath - more of a walk than a hike, but I suppose that depends on how far you go. It's pleasant anyway, especially away from the crowds in Frenchtown, and especially in the fall. As a multi-use trail, you'll probably run into (not literally) several bikes and dogs.

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