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Address: New Hope, PA
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A small stretch of the Delaware River: great for canoeing.

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Nice but no water to it any more just a nice walk along the old canal. Pretty to see and is a quiet walk.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ocean City, New Jersey
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Ocean City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice but no water to it any more just a nice walk along the old canal. Pretty to see and is a quiet walk.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I walked along the canal while staying in New Hope. It is very beautiful and peaceful to walk along. Really lovely. We did however, visit during a time of drought so the canal itself barely had water in it. It certainly wasn't flowing. Still a very lovely walk and canal.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One can learn a good bit of history biking or walking these old towpaths on either side of the Delaware River, using bridges to make loops, like the bridge between New Hope and Lambertville. The views are lovely, as well, not to mention the shopping, particularly the antiques shops in Lambertville. Bring a bike lock, so that you can hook... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

My wife and I decided to take a 5 mile walk on a spectacular Fall day. We walked on the New Jersey side which borders New Hope. The path along the canal is great for biking, running, or as we decided to do, walk. The path offers a quiet atmosphere in the shade between the trees and the canal. Along... More 

1 Thank jonahNJ
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

There is a walkway/bikeway along the canal that is very popular. A museum provides historical information about the canal and the days when mules towed barges along it.

1 Thank Harvey L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I felt so bad for the poor animal pulling the ferry down the canal. It looked completely worn out. The ferry goes so slow you could walk it faster and at a leisurely pace. I guess it's fun for younger kids. The smell isn't great either, but it does add to the history of the area.

Thank pamelab567
Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

What's not to like? The canal runs for many miles and the tow path is lovely for walking, running and cycling. Never boring, there are restrooms along the way and bridges for crossing and making your return. The NY side is better maintained than the PA side both in terms of the canal and tow path.

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Naples, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is where General Washington crossed the river to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. Where the United States began!

Thank GeneYeager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Definitely worth a stop if in the area. It was interesting to see this old canal system. There is a nice walking path along the canal. I wouldn't make a special trip to see the canal, but if you are going to New Hope or Lambertville, definitely plan to include the Delaware Canal in your plans.

Thank happytraveler49
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

I remember coming here as a little girl to see the river barges being pulled by mules on the ground. Unfortunately, that has gone away, but I loved being back here to such a quaint and vibrant town with lots of restaurants and shops, on the banks of the Delaware Canal.

Thank Anne M

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