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Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor- These two 19th century canals and their associated early railroads opened up the rich anthracite coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania and fueled the Industrial Revolution. The Delaware Canal, a state park, is a national historic landmark. Portions of the Lehigh Canal are designated a national recreation trail and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hugh Moore Canal Museum in Easton provides information and interpretation for both canals.

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Description - A walk along the 60-mile long towpath of Delaware Canal State Park is a stroll into American history. Paralleling the Delaware River between Easton and Bristol, this diverse park contains an historic canal and towpath, many miles of river shoreline and eleven river islands. From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to Delaware Canal State Park will enjoy the ever-changing scenery along its corridor.

Delaware Canal State Park has two designated state park natural areas - Nockamixon Cliffs and River Islands. These areas contain threatened or endangered species and are unique natural environments. Visitors are welcomed to explore these areas, but are asked to abide by the old saying, "take only pictures, leave only footprints." Camping within a natural area, including the river islands, is prohibited. The 60-mile long Delaware Canal towpath runs from Easton to Bristol and is a National Heritage Hiking Trail.

Delaware Canal State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Attractions - A walk along the 60-mile long towpath of Delaware Canal State Park is a stroll into American history. Paralleling the Delaware River between Easton and Bristol, this diverse park contains an historic canal and towpath, many miles of river shoreline and eleven river islands. From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to Delaware Canal State Park will enjoy the ever-changing scenery along its corridor.

The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. The canal remains today with almost all of its features as they existed during its century of commercial operation.

Through its connection with the Lehigh Navigation Canal at Easton, the Delaware Canal helped to develop the anthracite coal industry in the Upper Lehigh Valley. The canals provided a convenient and economical means of transportation coal to Philadelphia, New York and the eastern seaboard.

Even before the canal was closed to commercial activities, many people used this waterway for recreational purposes. Fishing and canoeing were favorite sports. Since becoming a state park in 1940, people have flocked to this area each year to hike the towpath, canoe in the canal or picnic along its banks.

Delaware Canal State Park has two designated state park natural areas - Nockamixon Cliffs and River Islands. These areas contain threatened or endangered species and are unique natural environments. Visitors are welcomed to explore these areas, but are asked to abide by the old saying, "take only pictures, leave only footprints." Camping within a natural area, including the river islands, is prohibited.

Recreation - The 60-mile long Delaware Canal towpath runs from Easton to Bristol and is a National Heritage Hiking Trail.

In the Delaware River, canoeists can launch from public access areas in PA and NJ to enjoy the water trail which includes scenic views of River Islands and Nockamixon Cliffs natural areas.

Although Delaware Canal State Park has no overnight facilities, camping and cabins are available close to the park. For information on rental cabins contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300. For information on camping contact Bucks County Parks at 215-757-0571.

Delaware Canal State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. Programs are offered year-round.

The Visitor Center in New Hope gives insight into the history of the canal, and serves as the headquarters for the Friends of Delaware Canal. While at the visitor center, take a mule drawn canal boat ride to learn about life in the canal in the 1860's. For information on mule boat rides, call 215-862-0758.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Delaware Canal State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - There are numerous access points along the 60-mile length of Delaware Canal State Park. The park follows the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol, paralleled by Pennsylvania Routes 611 and 32.


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Contact Information:
Delaware Canal State Park, 11 Lodi Hill Road , Upper Black Eddy, PA, 18972, Phone: 610-982-5560
, delaware.sp@a1.dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor - These two 19th century canals and their associated early railroads opened up the rich anthracite coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania and fueled the Industrial Revolution. The Delaware Canal, a state park, is a national historic landmark. Portions of the Lehigh Canal are designated a national recreation trail and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hugh Moore Canal Museum in Easton provides information and interpretation for both canals.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

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