• Aqueduct and towpath, Delaware Canal (Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor)photo credit

    Lower Delaware

    National Wild and Scenic River PA,NJ

Canals & Towpaths

Morris Canal NJ
(formerly 102 miles between Phillipsburg NJ and Jersey City NJ; operated 1831 to 1915; now largely abandoned or destroyed) (More on the Morris Canal)

Delaware & Raritan Canal NJ
(formerly 43 miles between Bordentown NJ and New Brunswick NJ; operated 1834 to 1923; now used for water supply by the State of New Jersey)

Delaware Canal PA
(60 miles; operated 1834-1932; the most intact canla nd towpath in the country, with nearly its entire 60-mile length accessible and fully watered)

Lehigh Canal PA (Lehigh Navigation)
(46 miles between Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) PA and Easton PA; operated 1820-1942, the last functioning towpath canal in the country; sold to various public and private organizations for recreational use)

Other Mid-Atlantic Canals,
including the Delaware and Hudson Canal,
on the website of the
National Canal Museum
Easton PA

Did You Know?

A young boy walking behind two harnessed white mules

... experienced mules did not need to be driven by someone on the towpath; they would slack off and speed up on signal from the boatman. A new mule or "greenie," though, might turn out to be a "sitdowner" -- a reaction understandable to those hiking all of the Lower Delaware River's 60-mile towpath. More...