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Do the PA/NJ Canal Loop -

A National Trails Day Bike Ride and Picnic

Saturday, June 6

10 a.m.

Meet at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3292 River Road (PA Route 32), New Hope, PA 18938. (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge)


Looping has become our tradition for National Trails Day. Once again, we'll be doing our part to officially enjoy America's vast network of recreational trails by biking on not one trail, but two. Join the Friends and the Delaware Canal State Park staff for a 10-mile bike ride on the towpath trails of both the Delaware Canal in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Raritan Canal in New Jersey.

Bring your bike and let State Park Educator Ian Kindle lead you on a guided tour. The route will follow the Delaware Canal towpath south to New Hope, then cross over the river bridge to connect with the D&R towpath trail in Lambertville, NJ. From Lambertville, bicyclists will head north to Stockton, NJ then cross that bridge back over to Pennsylvania for the trip back to the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. A free picnic lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert will be waiting there in the scenic canal and riverside picnic grove created by the Friends.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting the Friends at 215-862-2021 or friends@fodc.org.




"Getting to Know All About Us"

A Towpath Meet and Greet

Sunday, June 7

12 to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3292 River Road (PA Route 32), New Hope, PA 18938. (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge)

We're headed out of town and to the country for the Friends' second Meet and Greet. It will be held at the picnic grove that lies between the Canal towpath and the River at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. Come for a free picnic lunch and bring your friends to see what all the canal and the friends have to offer.

Join us in the picnic grove that exemplifies what the Friends can accomplish. The Recreation Area is named for Virginia Forrest, one of the citizen leaders in the effort to have the Canal designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The picnic grove itself was created by the Friends over the past several years. Volunteers cleared trees, brush, and brambles to open the view out to the River and create enough space for picnic tables and grills, which the Friends' purchased and had installed. Daffodils and Virginia Bluebells were planted by volunteers to brighten

the landscape in the spring.

During the picnic, the Friends' Board of Directors will be happy to tell you all about what is in store for the Canal and our organization. Bring your bicycles or wear your walking shoes for your own Sunday afternoon Canal adventure afterwards.

Please RSVP by June 1 for this free event. Call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.























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