Saturday, October 9th - Saturday, October 16th - Saturday, October 23rd | 9:00 A.M.
Starting on Saturday, October 9th a tradition returns!
This year, due to conditions created by tropical storm Ida, we will be unable to navigate northern sections of the towpath. For the safety and comfort of our participants.
we will start our walks at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area and work our way south.
So, instead of six walks spanning 58.9 miles, we will have three walks and cover nearly 30 miles of the southern end of the towpath. With the return of our annual walk, we’ll see the sights and learn about the Delaware Canal’s past, present and future while enjoying the company of good friends, new and old.
Join Jeff Connell from the Friends and enjoy the southern half of the Delaware Canal Towpath on the dates listed below:
October 9 – Virginia Forrest to Washington Crossing, Route 532 – 11.1 miles
Walk from Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3211 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938 (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge) to the entrance of Washington Crossing Historic Park located just south of the intersection of Route 532 and the Canal in Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Hear the tales of Hendrick Island. Admire the River vistas and homes in Centre Bridge. Peek in at the art colony at Phillips’ Mill. Delight in the quirky tapestry that is New Hope. See where canal boats crossed the river to get to New York and how the area has changed. Recall our country’s colonial history at the Thompson-Neely House and Soldiers’ Graves.
Lunch Break: Bowman’s Hill
October 16 – Washington Crossing, Route 532 to Quality Inn, Morrisville – 8.3 miles
Walk from the entrance to Washington Crossing Historic Park located just south of the intersection of Route 532 and the Canal in Washington Crossing, PA 18977 to the Quality Inn parking lot, 7 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067
Take in Taylorsville, as it was known in canal days. Learn about the unique David Library of the American Revolution while it’s still in Bucks County. Spy the ship mast that was used to unload coal boats in Yardley. Marvel at nature’s abundance at the wide waters. Hear the rich history of Morrisville.
Lunch Break: Black Rock Road Picnic Area
October 23 – Quality Inn, Morrisville to Riverfront Park – 9.5 miles
Walk from the Quality Inn parking lot, 7 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 to Riverfront Park, 150 Basin Park, Bristol, PA 19007
Trek through industrialized Bucks County and find out how the coming of U.S. Steel changed the landscape. Appreciate the Canal as a green oasis. Use the new tunnel. Spot the landmark Grundy Clock Tower. Our Canal adventure will end at the Delaware River where canal boats waited in the basin to be towed to Philadelphia.
Lunch Break: Levittown Parkway
The Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. on each Saturday. You are invited to walk on any or all of the dates. Bring a light lunch and beverage each day and wear comfortable shoes. Transportation back to the starting point will be accomplished by carpooling.
If you wish to park at the end point in the morning, please let us know and arrive by 8:15. We will provide carpooling to the starting point. The Walks are free, and donations are welcome. Bring a friend!
Each walk is limited to 25 people. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-862-2021 to make your reservations. Masks recommended for those who are not vaccinated.
The hikes will be held unless it’s storming. If in doubt, check for a go/no go message on the www.fodc.org homepage. Any changes due to road closures will be updated on here and our Facebook Page.