TRAIL CLOSURE: The towpath will be closed in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, from November 27, 2018 to December 18, 2018. The closure will be in effect Monday through Friday during this time period with the towpath open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be performing work on the I-95/I-295 bridge over the canal during this closure. For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.drjtbc.org/project/scudder-falls or you can contact the park office at 610-982-5560.
*CANAL DRAWDOWN NOTICE* The park will begin a drawdown of water levels in the canal to conduct several repair and preventative maintenance projects in two areas of the park. Canal levels will be dropped from Mill Creek Road south to Bristol Borough so that a collapsed culvert under Haines Road can be repaired and replaced. Water levels from Centre Bridge to New Hope will also be lowered so that vegetation removal can take place along the canal prism and to help facilitate the bridge replacement project at Phillips Mill. Drawdown of the canal must take place before October 15th due to regulations established by the PA Fish and Boat Commission to protect the eastern redbelly turtle. During the drawdown, park staff will be on site removing and relocating fish, turtles, and/or other species of concern to a safe location should they become stranded in a section of the canal with low water. If you have any questions, please contact the park office.
TRAIL CLOSURE – Visitor Safety
Starting October 1, 2018 and lasting until further notice, a short distance of the towpath in Erwinna will be closed due to a PennDOT bridge repair on River Rd (Rt 32) which spans the canal. This closure will be located in the vicinity of the Sand Castle Winery and the Golden Pheasant Inn. River Road will also be closed to all traffic in this area, as well as the parking lot adjacent to the canal.
Please call the park office if you have any questions 610-982-5560.
TRAIL CLOSURE---A construction project has begun on the replacement of the Phillips Mill bridge in Solebury Township. As a result of this project the towpath will be closed between Lower Limeport Bridge and the pedestrian bridge at Canal Park in Solebury Township. The trail closure will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 and will remain in effect until the project is completed. Thru-travelers may exit the towpath at Lower Limeport bridge (Hal Clark Park) onto River Road and re-enter via the Malcom Crooks bridge in Canal Park, Solebury Twp ( and vice versa). This closure is for public safety due to heavy machinery and vehicles that will be accessing the bridge via the towpath.
Delaware Canal State Park
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
A 90-acre pond
Many miles of river shoreline
11 river islands including the Morgan Hill group (3), Loors, Whippoorwill, Old Sow, Raubs, Lynn/Frog/Rock group, and Hendricks
From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to Delaware Canal State Park enjoy the ever-changing scenery along its corridor.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
The park office is open specific hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
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.
GPS DD of Park Office: Lat. 40.54957 Long. -75.08476
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.
Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Although Delaware Canal State Park has no overnight facilities, camping and cabins are available in nearby state, county, and private campgrounds.
For information about rental cabins, contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300. For information about camping, contact Bucks County Parks at 215-757-0571.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Delaware Canal State Park offers a wide variety of environmental, recreational, historical, and interpretive programs. Participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources through:
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are also available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered year round. For more information, contact the park office.
The Locktender’s House in the popular destination of New Hope gives insight into the history of the canal, and serves as the headquarters for the Friends of Delaware Canal. While in New Hope, take a mule-drawn canal boat ride to learn about life on the canal during the 1860s.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
In an Emergency
Call 911 and contact a park employee.
Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and the park office.