Lambertville Wing Dam Hike
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|Distance||1.6 miles (2.6 km)|
|Hike Time||1 Hour (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||20 feet (6m)|
|Highest Elevation||70 feet (21m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Park Website||Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park|
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This unique hike to the Lambertville wing dam brings you to a stone wing dam that extends into the middle of the Delaware River, offering great views of the river, New Hope, and Lambertville. The hike follows the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal, a converted Rails to Trails area. The hike is an easy walk from Lambertville or New Hope, and highly recommended. It’s a local’s favorite.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, which the wing dam hike follows, was built in the 1830s to help transport coal and other commodities from eastern PA (with the hub in Easton) to New York and Philadelphia. Eventually trains ran along the canal banks, and this section was used by the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1977 the trains stopped running and shortly after that the area was declared a state park. Today the canal is stocked with trout and is a hotspot for fisherman.
The actual wing dam was built in the 1830s, and was used to feed water into the canal system and power paper mills that lined the banks of the river in Lambertville. The other half of the wing dam is on the Pennsylvania side, and is not easily accessible. The rapids between the two sides of the Lambertville wing dam are considered the some of the most dangerous on the Delaware River, attracting kayakers who brave the rapids. It is not safe to swim in any of the water around the wing dam. People die here every year.
Getting to the Lambertville Wing Dam Hike
Use this address as the start of the hike: 15 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ, 08530, USA.
Park anywhere in Lambertville. There’s street parking and lots. There are no public bathrooms here but there are restaurants and bars in the area with facilities.
Gear for the Hike
You don’t need any special gear to do this hike, it’s more of a walk. The trails are cinders but there is a short dirt section from the towpath down to the wing dam. It could be muddy and is a little steep, just a heads up.
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