Friday, July 27, 2007

Weekend Escape 4 - The Delaware Canals

Speaking of the Delaware Canal it is this week's Weekend Escape.

This weekend favorite has been diminished in recent years by seemingly annual "100 Year Floods" in 04,05 and 06. Global Warming, suburban sprawl, who knows? But you don't have to wait for the repairs to enjoy the middle Delaware River, the trail on the NJ side is just fine
and there are portions on the PA side that are still rideable.

Getting There - NJ TRANSIT discontinued there twice weekday 608 bus to Lambertville but the canals are still very accessible by Public Transportation. You can take the R3 to Yardley but the R7 and RiverLINE trains to Trenton Station allows you to explore the another 3
miles of the Delaware Canal from Morrisville and offer some unexpected tourists sites in Trenton and extra lodging option especially when the B&B's in Bucks County are full..

As mentioned the Trenton Marriott is a full service hotel less than a mile from the Trenton Train station in Downtown Trenton. Across the River adjacent to the Canal is the Holiday Inn Express in Morrisville. Further upstream is The Inn at Lambertville Station. Inquire about bicycles before you make your reservation.

Too numerous to mention here, the regions appeal to New Yorkers has created a huge market and best of all some of them are adjacent to the Canal. Look for B&B's in Lambertville, New Hope, Frenchtown, Upper Black Eddy and Milford.

Camping - Due to flood damage the Bulls Island Campground has only a limited number of sites so it's important to reserve online

Large Groups can arrange for camping at Washington Crossing State Park at the above website.

From Doylestown you can ride the scenic twelve miles from the R5 Train Station or you can connect to Trans-Bridge bus NY to Bethlehem Service which stops in New Hope, Lambertville and even Frenchtown. Trans-Bridge supposedly charges $7 for an unboxed bicycle but I have not seen that levied on anyone that I know. But be prepared to pay or rejected if the luggage bay is full.).

Here is a review of a trip some of us took to the Canal via train and bus in 2004.