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Explore the Canal from a New Vantage Point - the Water!

Paddling on the Canal

Sunday, August 3

10 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 3 p.m.


Meet near the General Sullivan Picnic Pavilion in the northern section of Washington Crossing Historic Park. Use the park entrance on River Road opposite Aquetong Road, and the travel over the Canal to the parking area between the Canal and the River.


Join the Friends and State park Educator Sarah Berg for a gentle paddle on the Canal. There will be two sessions - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each will venture south to the Bowman's Hill stop gate and then north through the widewaters toward New Hope. There will be plenty of wildlife to see and history, both Revolutionary and Canal, to experience.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak and personal floation device. Note: All the equipped Park kayaks already have been reserved for this event.

Registration is required by July 31. Please call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Hope to see you on the Canal - in a boat!


Up on the Dike; Down on the Towpath

A Short Loop Walk in Morrisville

Sunday, August 24

2 p.m.

Meet in the parking area on the east side of North Delmorr Avenue across from the Actors' NET of Bucks County Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Route 32) in Morrisville, PA 19067. The parking spaces run along the base of the River Dike and are located just south of the intersection of Route 32 and West Trenton Avenue.


Morrisville is the only town along the Delaware River in Bucks County that has a dike protecting it from flooding. The dike serves its intended purpose well and also provides a popular pedestrian pathway. High on top, cool breezes blow, and the view is impressive. The gold dome of the New Jersey state capitol gleams; the Trenton skyscrapers soar. Two famous structures span the River - the Trenton Makes - The World Takes Bridge and the historic Calhoun Street Bridge.

On our two-mile walk, we will follow the loop that encompasses both the River Dike pathway and the Delaware Canal towpath. We'll head south on the towpath and hear stories of Morrisville's fascinating past - from its 1624 settlement as a Dutch West India Company trading post to the growth spurt that accompanied the opening of the Canal. At Bridge Street, we'll see the statue of Robert Morris, for whom the town is named. Morris, America's founding capitalist and financier of its Revolution, resided in Summerseat, the colonial era mansion on the hill. Next we'll walk along the River Dike where the falls, which mark the end of tidal water, are evident, and the sound of the rushing water refreshes. From the Dike, we'll return to the Canal and enjoy some lemonade.

Please bring along drinking water and any other summer walking gear that you may need. The walk will be held in sun or light showers. If the weather is in doubt, check for a go/no go message show in the Coming Events block on the homepage of this site.



We're Connected

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail

Tuesday, September 9,

7:30 p.m.

The Community Room in the Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church, 35 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA 18950.

Just as the Delaware Canal was once a part of an extensive interstate commercial transportation network, today the Delaware Canal is a part of a vast trail network that reaches to the Poconos, Philadelphia and far beyond, eventually even to Maine and Florida.

John Brunner, the Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner for the Appalachian Mountain Club, will present an illustrated program featuring one of the more recent trail connections to the Delaware Canal.

The Highlands Trail is a 130-mile-long, "rugged footpath" that extends from the Hudson River near Storm King Mountain, through New Jersey, to the Delaware River (and Delaware Canal) in Reigelsville, PA. The Appalachian Mountain Club and its many partner organizations envision extending this trail across the Pennsylvania highlands Region from the Delaware River to the Maryland border.

John Brunner will describe this emergent trail network and discuss the common geological characteristics and historic sites found within Pennsylvania portion of the Highlands Region. The Region includes roughly 1.9 million acres in thirteen counties (Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, Lehigh, Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, and York). The Appalachian Mountain Club hopes to collaboratively protect and connect the many assets of the region and create "close-to-home" recreational opportunities.

Come to this program and find out where new adventures lie.


You're Invited!

The Fourth Annual

Friends of the Delaware Canal

Art Show

featuring the works of local artists

Opening Reception

Friday, September 12

6 to 9 p.m .

Get a first look at the show, take the best opportunity to

buy outstanding works of art, and enjoy wine and

hors d'oeuvres.

See the Show on

Saturday, September 13

Sunday, September 14

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Rolling Green barn

at the intersection of Route 202 and Aquetong Road

New Hope, PA 18938

Don't miss this vibrant show and the chance to acquire art

created by our region's best.

The sale proceeds benefit the Friends' many efforts to

improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings.


Bucks County Rocks Hike

Saturday, September 13

10 a.m.

Meet at the Durham Lock parking area, 1407 Easton Road (Route 611), Kintnersville, PA 18930. The parking area is adjacent to the intersection of Routes 611 and 212.

You will have heard all about the proposed Pennsylvania Highlands Trail at our program on September 9. Now here's your opportunity to walk some of it. Join Sarah Berg, Delaware Canal State Park educator, and John Brunner, Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner for the Appalachian Mountain Club for a 5-mile hike from Durham Lock to Ringing Rocks, a unique Bucks County Park.

The leisurely paced walk will begin on the Delaware Canal towpath (D&L Trail) at the Durham Lock and Aqueduct. This area is immersed in history - colonial, industrial, canal and natural. On the journey south, the 300-foot-high Nockamixon Cliffs will rise up on the horizon. They are the dominant feature of a place that was once known as Narrowsville - for good reason. The geology of the cliffs is fascinating, as is the canal history here. It's difficult to imagine that a mill on the River, a bridge over the Canal, and several landside buildings all could have fit in the small sliver of land surrounding Lock 20. South of the historic Indian Rock Inn, walkers will leave the towpath and head inland on a 1.3-mile-long, moderately steep, wooded stretch of an ancient trail. Ringing Rocks, with its 8 acre boulder field and the County's largest waterfalls, is the walk's destination. The rocks here do indeed ring when struck with a hammer or another rock. A car shuttle will be arranged to take walkers back to the starting point at Durham Lock.

Due to the limitations of the ancient trail, the group size for this walk will be limited to 15 people. Registration is required; the sooner the better. To reserve your place, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Get to know some of Bucks County's most famous rocks on this walk!


Paddling on the Canal

Sunday, September 21

10 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the Intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley.

The Canal south of Black Rock Road is always scenic and surprising. Trees tower over the widest of the Canal's wide waters, and there is wildlife to spot. The Friends have had many walks along the towpath here, but now it's time to explore the area from a different vantage point - from the water.

State Park Educator Sarah Berg will be leading two sessions of paddling in

the Canal - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each will venture south through the widewaters area. The paddling will be leisurely, all the better to see the turtles, herons, geese, and ducks.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak and personal floatation device or you may borrow one of the equipped kayaks that the Park will have on hand. There will be 15 seats available in nine single kayaks and three tandems.

Registration is required for this activity. You may register by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. Please let us know by Monday, September 15. If you are planning to use the Park equipment, a $10 donation per person is requested. Family and young child discounts are available. Join us in the water!


Save the Date!



Sunday October 5

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal for a lively and informative trolley tour followed by food, drinks, and fun at the Black Bass Hotel.

Meet Julia Child in her Bucks County kitchen - Bon Appetit!

Encounter the unexpected along the lovely Cuttalossa Creek.

Visit the studio and pastoral property of Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber, and chat with his granddaughter Dana Applestein.

Find out how Lumberville got its name from Bill Tinsman, owner of the oldest continuously operating lumberyard in America.

Join up with friends, old and new, at the historic Black Bass Hotel for libations and choice selections of savories and sweets.

For more information or to make reservations on-line, visit www.fodc.org and click on the link on the homepage, or call 215-862-2021, or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Individual tickets are $150 each; patron tickets are $250 each.

2014 at a Glance


Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13 - See us at the Tinicum Arts Festival

Sunday, July 20 - Forks of the Delaware Short Walk

Sunday, August 3 - Paddling in the Canal

Sunday, August 24 - Short Walk along the towpath and River in Morrisville

Tuesday, September 9 - Program - The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail

September 12, 13, 14 - Art Show

September 13 - Pennsylvania Highland Walk

Sunday, September 21 - Paddling in the Canal

October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 - Canal Walks

Sunday, October 5 - Faces and Places

Tuesday, October 28 - A Haunting Evening in Yardley

Tuesday, November 11 - Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 4 - Holiday Party











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