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Update 7/17/2020

     All state park beaches are open. Beaches and associated parking areas will be limited to 75 percent of normal capacity in green counties. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.

     Reservable boating facilities, restroom facilities, pavilion rentals, park offices, visitor center exhibit halls in day use areas, family campsites, organized group tenting, amphitheater, cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts are OPEN. Masks are required to be worn in park offices and any other indoor public space. Masks are also requested to be worn during your visit throughout the park when you are unable to adequately social distance.

     Events and public educational programs have resumed. Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited. Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited. Masks are required to be worn at all events and programs. Please call the park office before you visit with questions.

     As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, group cabin camps will remain closed for 2020.

Social Distancing (7/17/2020)

All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.

     Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. If you are sick, stay home.

     The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.

TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATES (updated 6/24/20):

UHLERSTOWN AREA (MILE 40):  The towpath under the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge has REOPENED

TINICUM AQUEDUCT AREA (MILE 37):  The towpath at the Tinicum Aqueduct is currently closed 24/7 for visitor safety.  This closure is due to the ongoing repair project at the aqueduct, and is expected to last through the end of July, or until the repair project has completed.  This section of the trail will NOT be open weekends.  Please reference the park map and plan ahead, as there is no safe detour route.

SCUDDER FALLS AREA (MILE 16):  The towpath may be closed intermittently in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, intermittently through end of July 2020.  Closures may occur between 6am-5pm Monday through Friday; the trail will be open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be conducting work on the new bridge over the canal and towpath during these closures.  For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.scudderfallsbridge.com or you can contact the toll-free info line at 855-495-7726.

Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.

 
 

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 50-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.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 

Directions

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.

No Camping

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.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Delaware Canal State Park offers a wide variety of environmental, recreational, and historical programs. Participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources through:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Guided walks
  • Evening programs

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.

Locktender’s House

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.

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.

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Delaware Canal State Park