Delaware Canal: New Hope to Washington Crossing

EASY 13 reviews

Delaware Canal: New Hope to Washington Crossing is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Hope, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.5 miles
121 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running



Smooth even trail with historic significance. (6 miles) This section of the Delaware Canal is much like the entirety of the towpath in that it has a smooth and even surface of crushed red stone. The highlight is Washington Crossing Historic Park which is broken into two sections. The Northern section has picnic pavilions on the river side and a monument to unknown soldiers who died of exposure while Washington's Army camped before Christmas of 1776.This also has the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. The Southern section of the park containes the site where the crossing actually took place as well as picnic pavillions. Crossing here, riding the D&R Canal North to Lambertville and back to the Parking lot is a 15 mile loop

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

bike this path from Washington's crossing to new hope, great trail, lots of changing scenery and different views of the Delaware river. As you're riding along, the canal is to the left and river on the right. Polite people on path, along with rest stops to relax and take in the views! Arrive in the artsy, New Hope strip (shops, pubs) to relax at an outdoor restaurant , great place to stop after your ride for a cocktail and a bite to eat before your ride back.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

was there on Labor Day 2017 and I really enjoyed the ride first time I ever rode this side of the Delaware River I wish there was more porta-potties along the Route. the Panthers definitely much narrower then I thought. Park Ranger police where around which is always appreciated on a personal note I think the Rangers should have a eassist recumbent trike. for health and safety reasons LOL okay I'm preference to e-assist bikes. I do wish they'd Mark the canal and other paths like they do over on the Jersey side with mile markers and signs of what's on the highway like places to go to bike up to and get something to eat but other than that it was a great ride was a great day what highly recommended to people and spend the extra time to go to the Washington Crossing Park itself which I was unable to do cuz I'm sure that's a great place to visit.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flat ride with beautiful scenery.Just have to watch out for others when going under the bridges.Good ride...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Very nice lil path to do before or after exploring the townie vibe and brewery!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Took my 3 dogs. Nice walk.

Monday, September 26, 2016

the bike/walk path between the crossing park and lambertville is a great way to spend the day ..the path is gravel, level and easy to navigate. there are many scenic spots along the delaware river to enjoy and take a break. i advise taking the trip from washington crossing park all the way thru to Stockton...theres a lot to see and enjoy ...and if your really up for a trip go even further to Frenchtown...a beautiful way to spend the day or weekend.....the trip to Frenchtown is about 35 miles so be prepared

road biking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Great biking trail. No mountain bike required. Even trail. I like to take it through Pennsylvania and do my return trip through new jersey to make a loop. Lots of fun. Stop at the stockton general store to refuel. They also have nice restrooms. Great place for bikers to take a rest

Friday, June 29, 2012

Not really a hike. It is a level, gravel, multi-use trail which we typically bike rather than hike.

Monday, March 07, 2011

This is a nice, easy stroll on the canal's towpath, which is pretty flat and fairly straight,making it more of a walk than a hike, despite the length. The dogs like it. It is a multi-use trail so, especially in good weather, expect to encounter lots of walkers, dogs and bikes. The history at Washington's crossing, and the touristy bustle of New Hope add nice variety to the walk.

road biking
9 months ago

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sunday, August 21, 2016