Hiking at Delaware Canal State Park
60 miles of trails
In addition to the D&L Trail, a short footpath encircles the Giving Pond.
Delaware Canal State Park Trail Map (PDF)
Delaware Canal Towpath
59 miles | Easiest hiking | Point-to-point trail | Mile markers
Recreations permitted: hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing recommended, snowshoeing recommended
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, potable water, picnic tables, benches
The ADA accessible Delaware Canal Towpath runs from Easton to Bristol and is part of the D&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 a variety of trail users. Stroll back in time with historic structures or visit the Locktenders house in New Hope.
Giving Pond Trail
1.3 miles | Easiest hiking | Loop trail | No blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none
The trail found at the Giving Pond Recreation Area offers opportunities to observe wildlife in nature and a scenic view of the pond itself with fishing opportunities along the way. Crossing paths with the Delaware Canal Towpath, it's also possible to access the towpath from this trail.
Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.
Trail Route Type
Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.