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Delaware Canal: New Hope to Washington Crossing

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New Hope, Pennsylvania

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.

Length 12.5 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

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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

Delaware Canal State Park 610-982-5560

The New Hope parking lot is at a restaurant where Rt. 232 intersects with Rt. 32. (Lat: N40 21.424 Lon: W74 56.898) Parking at Washington Crossing Historic Park is available just before Route 532 enters the town of Washington's Crossing.

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Anon Y.
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Hiking

not well shaded from 10-3. a little boring and the new hope path is cutoff due to construction b

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AJ Levinson
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Road biking

Such a beautiful, flat “rail trail” - great for a bike ride. I entered the trail on the south side of New Hope and took the trail along the canal for a little more than 6 miles to Washington Crossing, PA. The trail was flat and beautiful - and not too crowded for a Saturday. People were polite when passing and yielding to bikes. The canal was on the right and the DE river was on the left for most of the trip. However, when I got to Washington Crossing, I left the trail onto the street. I made a left turn from the trail and rode about a half mile across a bridge to New Jersey. On that side of the bridge is the entrance to the NJ canal trail. So I rode my bike up that trail to Lambertville, NJ where I left the trail again and rode across a bridge back to New Hope. The entire loop was 15 miles. The trail on the NJ side was wider but less scenic because a road runs parallel to the canal along much of the trail. So you don’t escape as much from the “real world”. Great bike trip. Easy for kids.

Meg McManimon
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I can’t believe it took me this long to check out this great trail just a couple miles from where I grew up. Mostly flat and great shade. Gets a little confusing once you hit New Hope but there is some construction going on. I went on a Monday. Not busy.

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Nathalie Bedard
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Hiking

Piste droite, suivant le canal. Parfois agréable, passant près de jolies maisons mais parfois ordinaire, avec le grand chemin de l'autre côté du canal.

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Joe Rolland
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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.

Hugh Cullen
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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.

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

Mel Puncture
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Walking

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

Ted Konugkis
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Took my 3 dogs. Nice walk.

george rahn
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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

Lisa Stark
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Road biking

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

Becky Haegele
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Walking

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

Kevin Perry
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Walking

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.

Samantha Medaglia
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Sandy Blackburn
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Dave Boerner
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Noah Kahn
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lyle hough
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Frank Connor
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bruce wright
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Max S
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April Poretta
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Jenna Mitchell
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bruce wright
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Bob Miller
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Jennifer Case
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Samuel Andris
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Frank Connor
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Oksana Gluschuk
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mariah glaser
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