Delaware Canal State Park Towpath Hike
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|Distance||7.2 miles (11.6 km)|
|Hike Time||3 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||40 feet (12m)|
|Highest Elevation||75 feet (23m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Park Website||Delaware Canal State Park|
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This easy hike along the Delaware Canal State Park is full of beauty and history. While this towpath hike isn’t short, it’s dead flat and very easy. As long as you can walk for 2-3 hours, you should be fine. If you want to break the hike in half and have lunch, Stockton, NJ, at the mid-point of the hike, is a great option. Shaded paths, river views, and peace and quiet are the hallmarks of this hike, suitable for all levels of hiker.
I’ve mixed it up a bit on this hike so that you get two perspectives of the river. You will travel in two state parks. The New Hope to Stockton portion is in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal State Park. The return trip is in New Jersey’s Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. The trails on this hike were all former railroad tracks, reclaimed with the Rails to Trails program, and you’ll see some relics of the old railroad era as you do the hike.
Getting to Delaware Canal State Park
Use this as the trailhead address: 28 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA, 18938, USA.
The hike starts in downtown New Hope. There are numerous parking options in town, but there is no parking at the trailhead (the lot is private).
Gear for the Hike
You don’t need any special hiking gear to do this hike, and fitness apparel is fine. Just make sure you have some water and maybe snack. There’s a place to buy food, water, or sit down for a meal in the middle of the hike at Stockton, NJ.
In the summer than can be mosquitos and gnats, so take insect repellant.
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Towpath Hike Trail Maps
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Towpath Hike Directions
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You can also do this hike as a bike ride, but you have to carry your bike up a set of steps. And if you’re hiking it, keep your eyes open for passing bikes.
If you want to grab a bite or take a break, you have options in Stockton. There is a deli, and a few proper restaurants. Also, if you want to end the hike here, you can take an inexpensive Uber back to New Hope.
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