Trail Guides
Lambertville/Delaware and Raritan State Canal Park

Mt. Hope Street, Lambertville, NJ
Phone: (609) 397-2949

OWNER:  NJ Department of Environmental Protection

DIRECTIONS:  From Route 29 North or South, exit into the center of Lambertville on Bridge Street/Route 179. Turn Left into the Lambertville Station Restaurant parking area before the bridge to New Hope, PA. Bear Left in the parking area and continue to follow the road along the Left side of the Inn at Lambertville Station. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park (D&R Canal State Park) parking area is behind the inn on the Right. To access the trails, walk back to Bridge Street, turn Right, pass the restaurant, and look for signs for the D&R Canal State Park.   Map
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ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open sunrise to sunset year-round. Those who wish to leave their cars behind can bicycle the trail that hugs the river and canal for some 16 miles north to Frenchtown or 11 miles south to Trenton, stopping at any number of scenic vistas, historic sites, fishing locations and wildlife viewing spots. Hiking, mountain biking and boating on the canal are also allowed on the D&R Canal path. Visit the park website or contact the office to obtain a park map, which will indicate additional parking areas along Route 29.

Stop and ScanSITE DESCRIPTION:  Beginning in historic Lambertville, this relatively easy driving route follows a portion of the Delaware River Scenic Byway (www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/scenic/) and visits several natural areas along the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal State Park. The D&R Canal was one of the busiest transportation routes in America for nearly 100 years after its completion in 1834. Much of the original main and feeder canal remains intact --thanks to preservation efforts-- and wildlife abounds. Many basking turtles including the painted turtle and red bellied turtles can been soaking up the warm rays of the sun along the canal. After scanning the river and examining the flora on the river’s edge, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Lambertville. Visit the town’s website, listed above, to learn more about events, restaurants, galleries and places to stay in this lovely riverside village.

A CLOSER LOOK:  Along the way to the next stop on this trail, a well-tended historic farm museum is available for exploration. The Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum is one mile north of Bridge Street on Route 29 North, on the Left. The museum is open starting the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October, on Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to noon. Group and school tours can be arranged throughout the year by calling 609-397-2752. Learn more at www.holcombe-jimison.org.

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