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lambertville wing dam hike

Lambertville Wing Dam Hike

A short hike to the scenic Lambertville wing dam, which brings you (literally) into the middle of the Delaware River.

Rating:
4.5 / 5
Distance:
1.6 miles (2.6 km)
Time:
1 hour
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
100 ft (30 m)
Trail Condition:
Well maintained cinder trail
Challenges:
None
People:
Minimal
Known For:
River Views
Best Time:
Anytime
Dogs:
Leashed
Bathrooms:
No
Parking:
Park in Lambertville

Lambertville Wing Dam Hike Trail Maps

Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
15 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ, 08530, USA

The Lambertville WIng Dam hike is about an hour north of Philadelphia and about an hour west of New York City.

The Lambertville WIng Dam hike is about an hour north of Philadelphia and about an hour west of New York City.

lambertville wing dam hike 3d map

The hike takes you on the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail through Lambertville, and then turns onto the wing dam.

lambertville wing dam hike elevation

The scale on this map is deceiving. The hike is basically dead flat except for a small section from the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail down to the river.

Interactive Map

Lambertville Wing Dam Hike Map Downloads

hiking map on garmin fenix 3

If you have GPS device (I use this one by Garmin and I love it) for your hike, load the GPX file below into your device to navigate the hike. For help on loading the GPX file, read this article on converting and transferring to a Garmin GPS.

Also, don’t rely on electronics as your sole means of navigation. There’s a basic printable PDF map below, and I strongly picking up a good topo map too.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Lambertville Wing Dam Hike Video

Lambertville Wing Dam Hike Directions

lambertville wing dam hike

What to Expect

Turn by Turn Hike Directions

lambertville wing dam hike trailhead
The trailhead is in the middle of Lambertville, close to Lambertville Station. Just put the trailhead address into Google Maps and you should be fine.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail
The actual Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail that you take to the wing dam is well marked and easy to follow
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail sign
When you start on the trail in Lambertville, there are some interesting informational signs detailing the history of the canal.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail
The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail winds it’s way behind houses in Lambertville, and eventually crosses a creek.
lambertville wing dam hike
The canal builders had to bridge the canals over creeks and streams. The bridge also serves as a spillway to prevent the canal from overflowing.
lambertville wing dam hike
About halfway on the hike, you approach a lock. Cross the walkway over the lock to your right.
lambertville wing dam hike
You’ll continue to hike down the canal trail, on the right in this picture. These locks helped overcome elevation changes as the canals made their way upriver.
lambertville wing dam hike
These waters are stocked with trout, and also are home to bass, perch, carp, and catfish. The wing dam is a popular place for bass fisherman.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail
The hike down the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is straight and pleasant.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail
The turn-off to the dam is small and easy to miss. Look for this mile marker and bench, and hike right down to the river.
lambertville wing dam hike
The trail down to the wing dam is not an official trail, but is well worn from locals.
lambertville wing dam hike
Head down the trail to the concrete wing dam, avoiding any spurs down the river bank.
lambertville wing dam hike
And here you are, the Lambertville wing dam! Walk to the end of the dam and enjoy the river. Again, it’s not safe to swim in any of the water here. After you’re done exploring the wing dam, turn around and head back the way you came.

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.

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