• 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 boatman's horn, used to signal lockkeepers

... that at its peak in the 1850s, the inland waterway system of this country included over 4,000 miles of canals and "navigations." Most are abandoned today, but the lore of the canal boaters lives on at Delaware Canal State Park PA on the Lower Delaware River, and at other National Park sites. More...