Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

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Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

New Jersey

(609) 924-5705

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Overview

The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding. The canal and towpath are part of the National Recreational Trail System. The 70-mile linear park is a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests.

With its 19th-century bridges, bridgetender houses, past and present locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction for history lovers. The upper reach of the feeder canal wanders through quaint New Jersey towns along the Delaware River such as Stockton and Lambertville. The main canal passes the Port Mercer canal house, through the charming village of Griggstown to Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. Canoes can be rented at Griggstown and Princeton from private concessionaires. Nearly 36 miles of the main canal and 22 miles of the feeder canal still exist, with many historic structures along the canal.

Map of Delaware & Raritan Canal (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.471472, -74.603454

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat launch at the Bull's Island Recreation Area for the Delaware River. There are no motor restrictions on the river, but all the New Jersey boating regulations apply.

  • Bicycling

    The Six Mile Run Reservoir Site is a perfect place for a bike ride.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted the entire length of the canal. Anglers can find bass, sunfish, catfish, perch and pickerel within the canal, as well as trout.

  • Hiking

    The towpath and multi-use trails are great for all ages and physical abilities. In addition to the canal trail, visitors can access trails at the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site, Kingston greenway and Cook Natural Area Trails from the park office located in Kingston as well as one trail found within the Bull's Island Natural Area.

  • Historic Sites

    The park's staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs throughout the year. Visitors also enjoy the Bridge tender's House, wooden bridge, and mill site, all reminders of the area's active past. Several annual events are held at the house. Another destination is Prallsville Mills, a charming nineteenth century mill complex containing both grist and linseed oil mills.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses are welcomed on the multi-use trails throughout the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic table and grills are located at some of the access points and near a few of the historic sites. Informal picnicking is allowed along the canal.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing.

Park Partners

Delaware River Mill Society

The Delaware River Mill Society sponsors concerts and other programs at Prallsville Mills, Route 29 in Stockton, New Jersey.

(609) 397-3586

Directions

Driving

Parking is available in designated parking lots along the canal towpath. The main canal runs from Trenton to New Brunswick with a break at the Route 1 crossing. The feeder canal stretches from Trenton north to Frenchtown along the Delaware River.

The park office is located at 145 Mapleton Road. From Route 1 Exit at Route 522 east (Ridge Road) heading towards the town of Kingston for approximately 1 mile. Make a left turn onto Division Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Academy Street (Academy Street becomes Mapleton road). The park office and Mapleton Preserve is located .2 miles on the left side of the road across from the Mapleton Nurseries.

From Route 27: Turn onto Academy Street at the traffic light in Kingston (across from the Kingston Cemetery). Academy Street becomes Mapleton road as it heads towards route 1. The park office and Mapleton Preserve is located .3 miles on the left side of the road across from the Mapleton Nurseries.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(609) 924-5705

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