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​Biking at Delaware Canal State Park

60 miles of trails

The 60-mile Delaware Canal towpath runs from Easton to Bristol and is part of the Delaware and Lehigh (D and L) Trail -- the foundation of the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Once trod by mule teams pulling boats along the canal, the towpath is used today by:

  • Walkers
  • Joggers
  • Bicyclists​​​
  • Cross-country skiers
  • Bird watchers

Loop with New Jersey Delaware and Raitan Canal State Park

Across the Delaware River, the 70-mile-long Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in New Jersey is one of the most popular recreation corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and horseback riding.

The canal and park are part of the National Recreation Trail System.

Together, the Delaware Canal State Park and Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park form a series of looping trails connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey via five bridges.

Loop trail connection bridges are in the Pennsylvania towns of:

  • Uhlerstown
  • Lumberville
  • Center Bridge
  • Washington Crossing
  • Morrisville

The 30-mile stretch of parallel trails allows visitors to choose among 11 different options of length and distance. Each loop leads visitors through quaint towns, scenic river views, and wooded forests.

By parking in one of several areas located along the loop trail, visitors have easy access to the canal towpaths in both states, and can ride, walk, or jog a complete loop back to their car.

A perfect extended weekend could include riding the trails by day and staying overnight at one of the many bed and breakfasts along the way.

Biking Rules and Regulations

Pennsylvania state law requires all bicyclists under the age of 12 to wear an approved helmet.

All traditional bicycles (bikes) and electric bicycles (e-bikes) are permitted on state park roads and any trails designated for biking or mountain biking.

Biking is prohibited on designated hiking-only trails and any roads or trails marked as prohibited for bikes.

All riders are required to maintain safe speeds at all times and comply with recommended and/or posted speed limits.

E-bikes must follow all e-bike guidelines.