Canal Walk 2019
The segments are shorter this year!
Over the Canal Walk’s 32-year history, we’ve heard many a comment, “I’d love to go, but I just can’t walk that far.” Those wishes for shorter walks will come true this year. The Canal’s 58.9 miles have been divided into six sections, rather than the traditional five. The change was made because available parking at the northern end became farther and farther away from Easton AND we like happy feet.
As always, 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. We plan to start in Easton and walk to Bristol without impediments, knock on wood.
The Forks of the Delaware River Recreation Area, 210 South Delaware Avenue (Route 611), Easton, PA 18042 to the PA Fish and Boat Commission parking lot, 1440 Easton Road (Route 611), Riegelsville, PA 18077.
9.49 miles: Our journey will start where Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company boats entered the Delaware Canal. Imagine the endurance and determination of the shad that make their way through the many chambers of the fish ladder. Tour Groundhog Lock with its unique power house. Spy the delicate Roebling Bridge in Riegelsville.
Lunch Stop: Groundhog Lock
PA Fish and Boat Commission parking lot, 1440 Easton Road (Route 611), Riegelsville, PA 18077 to Tinicum Park, 963 River Road, Erwinna, PA 18920
10.9 miles: Pass Durham, home to the famous furnace, limestone cave and history-making boats. Be dwarfed by the Nockamixon Cliffs at the Narrows. See two authentic camelback bridges. Step back in time in Uhlerstown, the “best preserved canal hamlet in America.”
Lunch Stop: Homestead Store
Tinicum Park, 963 River Road, Erwinna, PA 18920 to the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3211 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938 (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge)
9.6 miles: Admire the village of Erwinna. Understand how canal water is handled at the Tinicum Aqueduct. Learn how Smithtown, plows and the famous Walking Purchase are connected. Cross the Tohickon Creek on the Canal’s longest aqueduct. Find out whether Devil’s Half Acre deserves its name. Be charmed by Lumberville.
Lunch Stop: Former Kinsman Co.
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
11.1 miles: 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 Stop: Bowman’s Hill
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
8.3 miles: 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 Stop: Black Rock Road Picnic Area
Quality Inn parking lot, 7 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 to Riverfront Park, 150 Basin Park, Bristol, PA 19007
9.5 miles: 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 Stop: Levittown Parkway
All walks start at 9 a.m. sharp!
Return to the starting point is accomplished by carpooling.
Walk any or all of the segments. The walks are free and registration is not required. Donations to the Friends will be gratefully accepted and go towards Canal improvement efforts. Becoming a member is even better!
For more information, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail email@example.com