The Friends of the Delaware Canal are embarking on their 34th annual Canal Walk, in which they will walk almost all of the 58.9 miles of the Delaware Canal. Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 24, nearly the entire course of the canal will be explored over six consecutive Saturdays.
Hikers and walkers have the opportunity to learn about the area’s past and future while taking in the autumn scenery of the canal and Delaware River corridor. Jeff Connell, a board member of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, is leading the group with stories about the canal, highlighting sites of historic and environmental significance along the route. This year’s walk will be a bit shorter than the traditional 58.9 miles because of some towpath closures along the way.
The six segments of the walk are:
Sept. 24: Forks of the Delaware Recreation Area, Easton to Mueller’s Store, Easton – 7.6 miles
Oct. 1: Mueller’s Store Easton to Ringing Rocks Trailhead, Upper Black Eddy – 6.5 miles
Oct. 8: Delaware Canal Park Office, Upper Black Eddy to #2 Bridge, 2 Bridge Lane, Point Pleasant (use Pipersville, PA for GPS) – 7.8 miles
Oct. 15: Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, New Hope to Buckstone Farm, Washington Crossing – 9.8 miles
Oct. 22: Buckstone Farm, Washington Crossing to Quality Inn, Morrisville – 9.8 miles
Oct. 29: Quality Inn, Morrisville to Bristol Riverfront Park, Bristol – 9.3 miles
The walks begin at 9 a.m. Participants are invited to walk on any or all of the Saturdays and are asked to bring a light lunch and beverage on each day. Transportation back to the starting point will be accomplished by carpooling.
The walks are free; however, donations are welcome. Pre-registration is requested and can be done at fodc.org/event/2021-annual-canal-walk. For more information, call 215-862-2021, visit fodc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.