Breaking News & Updates
Lehigh River Water Flowing Southward in the Canal
July 27, 2020
On Friday, July 24, following the installation of the new drop gate at Groundhog Lock (Locks 22-23) in Raubsville, the Delaware Canal State Park staff opened the bypass gate in Easton allowing Lehigh River water to enter the Canal. On Saturday, the water had flowed to and past Groundhog Lock to the waste gate at Mueller’s Store. There the water was released to control the new inflow. Today, the waste gate at Mueller’s was closed, and the water has reached Riegelsville and beyond. At Durham, it will be released into the Delaware River until the completion of the Tinicum Aqueduct project.
Intermittent Towpath Closure at Scudder Falls Bridge Continues Through July
June 24, 2020
SCUDDER FALLS AREA (MILE 16): The towpath may be closed intermittently in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, intermittently through end of July 2020. Closures may occur between 6am-5pm Monday through Friday; the trail will be open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be conducting work on the new bridge over the canal and towpath during these closures. For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.scudderfallsbridge.com or you can contact the toll-free info line at 855-495-7726.
Uhlerstown Covered Bridge Repair Project Completed
June 24, 2020
The repairs to the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge are finished. Both the towpath and Uhlerstown Hill Road are OPEN.
Forks of the Delaware Parking Lot to be Closed on Weekdays
June 23, 2020
The parking lot at the Forks of the Delaware in Easton – a trail head for both the Delaware Canal and the D&L Trail – will be closed Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3 and then Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10.
Stairs to Towpath at Centre Bridge to be Closed June 24 & 25
June 19, 2020
From the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission —
Travel impacts for pedestrians and bicyclists: The steel staircase that connects the
bridge’s walkway with the underlying canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side is scheduled to be closed – around the clock — Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25.
In the event of bad weather or other delays, the closure will be extended to Friday, June 26, as a makeup work day. The closure is needed so work crews can install a new concrete foundation beneath the stair facility.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to plan ahead and use the Lumberville-Raven Rock Toll-Supported Pedestrian Bridge to the north or the New HopeLambertville Toll-Supported Bridge’s walkway to the south as connection points for loop trips between the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath in New Jersey and the Delaware Canal towpath in Pennsylvania.
New Trailhead to Reopen on June 6
The facility, which has public bathrooms, is adjacent to the Delaware Canal near the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge’s Pennsylvania abutment. It is accessible from the Commission-owned park-and-ride lot at the corner of Taylorsville and Woodside roads in Lower Makefield, PA. Once reopened, the building will be accessible dawn to dusk seven days a week except when cleaning work is taking place.
The building, which the Commission owns and maintains, was closed temporarily in the interest of public health and safety due to fast-spreading coronavirus infections in mid-March.
Two Towpath Closures in Tinicum Township
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
From Devin Buzard, Delaware Canal State Park Manager –
We are anticipating an approximate 2 week (1 weekend) closure at the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge beginning May 11. This is for the bridge restoration crew, working for the County of Bucks, to safely work on the metal substructure.
In addition to Uhlerstown, it has come to my attention that towpath at the Tinicum Aqueduct has been fully closed for approximately 5 days, and it is anticipated that this closure with no detour will be in effect until the end of July.
This closure is required in order to sandblast and paint the metal structure of the aqueduct and foot bridge as well as to replace the decking and metal railing. This area presents a very high danger for injury or death to anyone attempting to enter the posted/restricted construction site. There is no safe detour for this closure and all towpath traffic must turn around.
Towpath to Close Intermittently at Scudder Falls
April 20, 2020
INTERMITTENT TRAIL CLOSURE: The towpath may be closed in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, intermittently through end of May 2020. Closures may occur between 6am-5pm Monday through Friday; the trail will be open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be conducting work on the new bridge over the canal and towpath during these closures. For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.scudderfallsbridge.com or you can contact the toll-free info line at 855-495-7726.
Towpath to Close at the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge
April 17, 2020
A contractor working for the County of Bucks, owners of the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge, will begin repair work on the bridge roof on Monday, April 20. The towpath will be closed for approximately four days. Thereafter, the towpath may be closed intermittently as other repairs are undertaken.
Signage will be placed at the towpath trailhead at Tinicum Park advising visitors to head south rather than north. The accesses to the north at the Giving Pond and Jugtown Hill Road will also be signed. Please remember that the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath in New Jersey is currently closed, so doing the Uhlerstown/Frenchtown – Bulls Island/ Lumberville PA/NJ Canal Loop will not be possible.
Tree Down Between Levittown Shopping Center and Haines Road
April 10, 2020
A large tree fell down across the towpath between the Levittown Shopping Center and Haines Road. It fully obstructs the trail. The State Park maintenance crew will tackle it next week, most likely on Tuesday.