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Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail is a 37.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Princeton, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 37.8 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

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Nicole Pometti
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HikingBugs

Awesome flat trail, quiet, but listen up for the people in the bicycle! They come fast, so be sure to listen and kindly move over.

William Goers
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Road bikingRocky

A little rough for a road bike.

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Lindsay Neubeck
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Hiking

Fantastic ride, took my dad and fam here for Father's Day. Beautiful area, lots of wildlife and a smooth ride!

Raffi H
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Mountain bikingRocky
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Luisa Gonzalez
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Walking

Great path to walk along the canal. Plenty of people walking, jogging, biking and fishing along the way. Not very “scenic” and can feel a bit boring at times like others have mentioned. Some areas are shady and others are pretty exposed and the trail itself is very dusty so I can see it getting nasty when it rains. During the covid pandemic everyone has been respectful of the social distancing rules and many are even wearing masks. Tons of ticks which is not unusual for jersey so be sure to check your pups and use bug spray.

Ashley Monforte
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HikingOff trail

Area of trail i walked is not mapped. Awesome walk.

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Dalia S.
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HikingMuddy
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Allen Tanko
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Mountain biking

Nice easy bike ride

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Avi Sachs
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Hiking

I completed this entire hike couple of years ago, took me 5 Sundays to complete. The canal and towpath are longer than what it says on here. Maybe closer to 50ish miles. The towpath continues to Frenchtown even after the mouth of the canal on the delaware side. It's a easy trail, pretty flat, like most Of the state! It goes from New Brunswick to Trenton and up to Bull's island on the Delaware river on the Western side of NJ. I walked from New Brunswick to Bulls Island. Thankfully I was able to arrange transportation back those days For the most part, it's a great walk a very beautiful. Can get a little boring at some parts but, there are some cool historical areas and information along the trail. where do you go from Princeton to Trenton it gets a little less scenic and the canal you don't see at points for it goes though private property. The towpath continues on however, in Trenton, where it's best to reroute to Caldwater Park. Then you can go back on the towpath and the canal to Bull's island. Along the way is Washington crossing State Park and Lambertville-New Hope. When you get away from skank Trenton, it becomes more scenic again!

Jason Lobo
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Road bikingMuddy
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Bike touring

Nice smooth ride for the most part. Was able to park at Johnson Park in New Brunswick and bike to the the beginning of the bike path. Once I got to Trenton, we rode to the Trenton Transit Center and rode the train back to New Brunswick, then biked back to the car. Probably about 40 miles total. I would recommend having some sort of offline map to help stay on track, although we had a pretty easy time staying on course. A small stretch of the path in Trenton seemed like it might be a little sketchy at certain times of day, but everything looked pretty good. Lots of turtles in the canal all along the way.

Joseph Nielsen
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I cycled from Landing Lane to the Delaware. Great ride. Stick to the right-east side as you go further down and don't detour on the golf course. Very flat. This trail is also great for running at night. Been on it a couple of times after midnight. Nearly nobody else and it's so boring landscape wise that you start to memorize where the bumpy parts are. Bring your Camelback. Nearest watering hole is in Johnson Park.

Laurel Schumer
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Running

Flat. Great for training runs.

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Brandy Palmer
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Hiking

Flat, easy walk for families. There was ample shade and the kids enjoyed seeing different animals (deer, turtles, woodpeckers). We, personally, enjoy a more challenging hike, but this was close to home and easy to do with friends.

Michael S.
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Mountain biking

Went from Washington Crossing to Lambertville and back. Nice crushed rock path the whole way with views of the Delaware River for much of it. A good amount of shade. Parts, especially close to Lambertville, can get crowded.

James Celentano
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Hiking

Easy 7 mile round trip stretch of trail on the D&R Canal, with parking at each end. Gravel trails, wide enough for two bikes, good for running, hiking, walking or biking.

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Jason Lobo
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Off trail
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Claudia Guzman
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Mountain biking

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)

Kannan Perumal
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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...

John Kounelias
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Mountain biking

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.

Maddie M.
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Hiking

light nature walk. fenced off abandoned building on the property

christopher panek
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Running

Love running here

James W.
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nice hike

Rajiv Mathur
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Walking

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.

lawrence danson
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Hiking

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.

Andy Wolf
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Hiking

Hike in the fall the leaves come out very nicely

debbie w
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Walking

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.

Gabriel Hazzi
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Road biking

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

Robert S.
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Hiking

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.

Ronnie Conzaga
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Mountain biking

nice and long track.. very nice place.

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