• The park is open sunrise to sunset
  • Main office in Kingston open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Park programs offered throughout the year by the D&R Canal State Park Naturalist, Historian and/or an Affiliated Friends Organization
  • Pre-registration usually required to participate in most scheduled programs unless otherwise noted
  • Canoe rentals in Griggstown and Princeton from May-October
  • On-site parking
  • Picnic areas
  • Partially ADA accessible
  • Towpath along the canal for recreational activities
  • Free

Delaware and Raritan Canal

145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540


The Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal is a 70-mile linear park that encompasses 5 counties and 22 municipalities. It is one of Central New Jersey’s most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, kayaking, running, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The canal and park are part of the National Recreation Trail System and the East Coast Greenway. Most of the original nineteenth-century canal system remains intact today and is a reminder of the days when freight delivery depended upon a team of mules and steam-powered boats. Historic structures and small towns dot the canal route as it runs parallel to the Delaware River and across central New Jersey. The canal passes through historic New Jersey towns such as Frenchtown, Stockton, Lambertville, Titusville, Trenton, and Bordentown, skirting past Princeton and on through the villages of Kingston, Griggstown, Blackwells Mills, East Millstone, and South Bound Brook before ending in New Brunswick. In 1973, the D&R Canal and many of its historic structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places; a year later it became a New Jersey State Park.


  • Go for a jog or bike ride along the canal towpath
  • Explore historic New Jersey towns that dot the canal route
  • Rent a canoe or Kayak in Griggstown or Princeton from May-October

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