The D& R Canal Towpath is the perfect place for a family friendly ride with spectacular views of the Delaware River and the canal. The path is surfaced with compacted grit, providing a smooth enjoyable ride. Enjoy traveling alongside the Delaware River past historic lockkeeper houses, stone arched culverts and a range of wildlife. During the warmer months, be on the lookout for eagles, herons and swans.
You can start your ride in Frenchtown, Stockton, or Lambertville. The Frenchtown to Lambertville Route is approximately 15 miles in each direction. In Frenchtown, you may leave your car in the park and ride lot at Front & Bridge Streets. The Bridge Cafe, Maria’s, Early Bird Espresso and Sunbeam General Store are all worthwhile stops before you begin your ride. Lunch and dinner spots include The National Hotel and the The Frenchtown Inn. Frenchtown also offers great shopping from the arts to clothing.
At about mile 9, you’ll reach Bull's Island where there are plenty of restrooms and hiking trails. Cross the footbridge and you will be in Lumberton, PA which offers its own towpath. A fun thing to do is cross over the bridge, get onto the PA side towpath heading south and end in New Hope, Lambertville’s sister city. An easy walk across the free bridge and you can get back on the NJ side.
You can also begin your ride in Stockton, a few miles south of Frenchtown. Street parking is available. Cravings, The Stockton Market, Stockton Food Store and Via Ponte are all great locations for a snack, coffee or a full meal. The Prallsville Mill, a short distance from the center of town, offers art galleries, restrooms, and a ton of history.
As you continue south, you will reach Lambertville. Spend some time exploring the city’s many art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops. Stop in to Pure Energy Cycling & Java House, the local bike shop for supplies, repairs, coffee or “bicycle talk”. Also, check out bikelambertville.com for more local cycling information.