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Trail Section: Morrisville – Bristol

Status: Obstruction within trail section, see description

Distance: 9.1

***CANAL DRAWDOWN NOTICE*** Beginning October 1, 2017,

Beginning October 1, 2017, construction will begin on installing a pedestrian tunnel through the Conrail embankment in Morrisville, where years ago the rail tracks had been built over top of the canal and towpath, effectively creating a dead end. This project will resolve one of the last three remaining obstructions to the towpath and will allow users to continue safely through Morrisville and Falls Township.

As part of the construction of the pedestrian tunnel, it will be necessary for the contractor to install a temporary crossing and pipe on the south side of the embankment. In order to install this, the canal needs to be drained. Due to restrictions surrounding the red-belly turtle, a drawdown of water in the canal must be completed by October 1 to minimize any impact to the turtles.

Effective immediately, the park will begin the drawdown from Morrisville south in order to be complete by October 1. Water will be released from the waste gate near Maple Ave. in Morrisville. Water flow will be reinstated once the contractor is completed with all necessary work in the canal.

During the drawdown period, park staff will once again be monitoring the dewatered stretches for fish in need of rescue. The park appreciates the help of neighbors and visitors, and welcomes notification of locations where fish are in need of rescue. Please contact the park office at 610-982-5560 with any questions or comments.

There are a few obstructions through this section that prevent the D&L Trail from being a continuous path. In Morrisville Borough, many partners led by Pennsylvania Environmental Council are working to design and construct a safe pedestrian crossing at Bridge Street. Additional obstructions and safety concerns exist at Tyburn Road and Route 13 crossings in Falls Township, Penn Central Railway crossing South of Route 1, and Bristol Pike in Bristol Borough. Please see the PDF maps below for obstruction detour information.

This D&L Trail section connects Morrisville to Bristol, two of the Landmark Towns of Bucks County. Stop in the towns for a bite to eat, a cold drink, or shopping in a cycling store. This section is part of over 50 miles of the D&L Trail designated as National Recreation Trail within Delaware Canal State Park from Easton to Bristol near Philadelphia. For more information specific to the D&L Trail along the Delaware Canal please refer to the Delaware Canal State Park and Friends of the Delaware Canal websites.

Pennsylvania Avenue and Bridge Street Detour

Southbound: 1. From D&L Trail turn left onto North Pennsylvania Avenue, 2. Turn right onto Bridge Street, 3. Continue to bridge that crosses canal and, 4. Cross the street heading south, descend stairs, and continue onto trail

Northbound: 1. From D&L Trail ascend stairs and turn right onto Bridge Street, 2. Continue along Bridge Street and then make left onto North Pennsylvania Avenue, 3. Continue to bridge that crosses canal and descend bank toward D&L Trail

276 and Bristol Pike Detour

Southbound: 1. From D&L Trail  turn right and continue south on sidewalk adjacent to Route 13 Bristol Pike, 2. Cross Route 13 Bristol Pike using crosswalk at Green Lane intersection, 3. Immediately after use same intersection crosswalk to cross Green Lane, 4. Continue South on Green Lane until it intersects the D&L Trail, 5. Turn right onto D&L Trail and continue South

Northbound: 1. Turn left onto Green Lane from the D&L Trail, 2. Cross Green Lane at Route 13 Bristol Pike Intersection, 3. Then at same intersection cross Route 13 Bristol Pike using same crosswalk, 4. Use sidewalk along Route 13 Bristol Pike and continue north, 5. Turn left onto D&L Trail and continue North.

Penn Central Railway Crossing and Tyburn Road Crossing Detours

Unfortunately, there are no safe detours to bypass either of these obstructions. Trail users are still encouraged to use these sections of trail as “out-and-back” trips, but should be warned that these obstructions cannot be detoured safely.

Download a PDF map of this section

Things to Do

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Bristol Cultural & Historic Foundation

Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving over 300 years of Bristol's history and increasing cultural opportunities for all residents of the community. It promotes historical reference through educational programs, and conducts tours which attract... More

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Delaware Canal State Park

The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. Mule- drawn canal boat rides and the Lock Tender’s House Visitor Center are at New Hope. Paralleling... More

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Historical Society of Bensalem

The Historical Society of Bensalem Township was founded and incorporated in 1977 and has collections of pictures, postcards, deeds, books and other artifacts pertaining to Bensalem’s history and surrounding areas. The Society's biggest event is the annual Civil War Reenactment in... More

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4

Mansions Along the Delaware

Visit the country estates of Andalusia, Glen Foerd, Pennsbury Manor and Grundy Mansion (available upon request). An elegant bus tour with step on guide, dressed in period costume, will accompany you on your journey as you tour three centuries of... More

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Neshaminy State Park

Neshaminy State Park is located along the Delaware River in lower Bucks County. The park takes its name from Neshaminy Creek, which joins the Delaware at this point. The park measures 339 acres, and the picnic areas and swimming pools... More

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Pennsbury Manor

The construction of the original manor was an expression of Penn's belief that life in the country was more wholesome than in the worldly atmosphere of crowded cities. Pennsbury Manor is filled with the spirit of this kindly, devout humanitarian,... More

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7

Silver Lake Nature Center

The Silver Lake Nature Center is part of the Bucks County Park System and is operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Major highways and public transportation easily access the Center, a 235-acre complex within the Mill Creek Valley... More

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8

Summerseat

Summerseat is perhaps most famous for being the Headquarters of General George Washington from December 8th to 14th, 1776. Summerseat was built in the 1770s for Thomas Barclay, a Philadelphia merchant, and acquired by Clymer in 1806. The two-story brick and stone... More

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