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Delaware Canal State park

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No. of Reviews: 5

This trail starts in Easton, PA at the Lehigh river and heads south to Bristol, PA (or Vice Versa depending on where you start). It was once a path used by donkeys to tow barges up and down the Delaware river. It is completely flat, and varies from singletrack (careful not to fall in the canal) to fire roads, and even some paved sections. I haven't traveled the whole length yet but it is fun and the history is great.
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Latitude
40.685064005220624
Longitude
-75.20587921142578
Trail Directions
In PA head east to the Delaware River between Easton or Bristol. In NJ head west to the PA side of Delaware river Acces from anywhere along RTE 611 or RTE 32 (River Rd)
Trail Length
60 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Easton
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CHIEF500 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I use portions of the canal path daily during my rides. I live at the lower end of the canal. Its usually empty and you can fly. I will drive to Yardley on weekends take the bike and ride into New Hope and back. GREAT scenery, enjoyable rides, fast and flat. Great houses along the canal, wildlife, birds, fish and larger.

Recommended Route:
Any length of the canal I've ridden is good from just above New Hope to Bristol. Be aware the path is closed through a portion of Morrisville from N. Pennsylvania Ave to Lincoln Highway. You can use local streets and get back to the canal path after about a block or 2.The portion through Falls can be tough for people looking for complete flatland. Where it is supposed to pass under rail feeds to the lower Morrisville freight yard (The Bump) and Tyburn Road you leave the canal path and will end up in ballast size rocks to traverse to get back to the path for about 200 - 300 yards. All in all a good ride. I want to complete the entire 60 miles this fall.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pennypack park Phila.



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Review Date
May 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Luke Benedict , from Scranton, PA

Summary:
Very easy riding. At one point the pathway uses a wooden stairway, which will require you to carry your bike, so if you have a girl with you or something you may want to consider that, but other than that, its a nice fast and easy path. Just watch out for the geese and the goose S*%#

Recommended Route:
Wy-Hit-Tuk County Park, Route 611 (three miles south of Easton) south



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Review Date
September 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Les Schuman , from Perkasie, PA

Summary:
After spending a week in Utah doing climbs through the Zion Nat'l park area the river trails seem like a cakewalk - flat, flat, flat. But take the ride from Erwinna north and you'll have a beautiful and mostly uninterrupted ride. Especially from Upper Black Eddy north there's virtually nobody else on the trail and you can really hum. There are enough roots and grass clots to remind you why people put shocks on bikes in the first place, but not enough to make it miserable. And hey, it's just a great place to ride. South through Pt. Pleasant & down to New Hope the trail's been improved so it's not quite the kidney-breaking bouncefest it was a couple years ago, when the tracked construction vehicles turned miles of trail into washboard...and it's also more densely used. Somehow, though, even after a few years of frequently riding both the PA & NJ sides of the river it still doesn't get dull. What's nicest about it is that you can feasibly do 30 -35 miles in a decent afternoon run and do it enjoyably without worrying about getting nailed by a car. For serious technical/terrain freaks this won't cut it, but for dilettantes (like my wife and me) who want some scenic weekend beauty with their exercise it's hard to beat. We'll leave the thrashing for those trips to slickrock country.

Recommended Route:
From New Hope go approx. 12 miles. north on Rt. 32 to Tinicum Park (Erwinna PA) Plenty of parking, no admission fees, restrooms available.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There aren't many. You can ride through some of Ralph Stover park but it's limited.



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Review Date
April 7, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Ace Nurd , from Dilbertland

Summary:
Beginners can ride all day on secluded well maintained trails. Take the family, it's what family biking should be, no cars or trucks just a few disturbed geese. Generally the Pennsy side is more picturesque while the Jersey side has a wide smooth surface. For intermediate or advanced riders suggest night riding or winter riding to add some excitement or just run the long uninterrupted sections flat out. Best time for flat out riding is week-nights. All of last years ('99) flood damage has been repaired, but the trail resurfacing on the PA side is not complete. The latest report is that all of the current work will be done July-ish (see Friends of the Delaware Canal Website - www.fodc.org ). Resurfacing is reported to go from Bristol all the way to Uhlerstown this year.

Recommended Route:
Pick a bridge crossing from Trenton/Morrisville to Milford/Lodi, go up/down river to the next bridge, cross over and ride back to start. Washington's Crossing, Stockton (Prall's Mill), Bull's Island or Frenchtown are the most popular start points.



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Review Date
April 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: T. Henry , from New Britain

Summary:
These trails are great family rides cause there's no cars and fun places to stop in Lambertville, Frenchtown, Lumberville and Stockton. Bulls Island is a great place to camp till it gets buggy out. There are several loops from Trenton up to Easton, 6 miles to 25 miles. The loop just north of Lambertville has a cool old locomotive you can play in. Girls like the New Hope loop for lunch and shopping. Next loop up crosses the foot bridge at the Black Bass Inn, awesome food and great place to stay if you're into pre-Rev history. Sorry, no real hills anywhere but you can really hammer without getting run over by a driver on a cell phone. All these loops are really fun at night with a head light!

Recommended Route:
Parking lot at Pralls Mill, or Washington Crossing Park on Jersey or Pennsy side

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jim Thorpe



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