This is an easy hike on easy trails, suitable for everyone. There is one section down to the wing dam that is steep and narrow, but it is very short.
If the river is in flood stage, the wing dam could be under water. It’s still a nice walk on the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail.
Construction started on the wing dam in the 1830s. It fed water into the canal system in PA, and also powered paper mills. There is another half of the wing dam on the Pennsylvania side, but it’s much harder to get to.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, which the 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 the tracks were converted into a Rails to Trails area in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.
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.
Park anywhere in Lambertville. There’s street parking and lots.
Turn by Turn Hike Directions
A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.