Warning – This is a narrow section of historic canal towpath that has a dirt surface. Near Hope Rd. there are rough sections after heavy rains due to stormwater runoff. The trail is still passable, but has a short, but very rocky section that trail users should use caution when crossing. Trail users have the option of using the boat access road and passing under the railroad trestle to bypass this section if they prefer. Please pay careful attention on the access road to vehicles towing trailers and the recent stone resurfacing. (June 2020 Update)
This section of trail follows the historic canal towpath from Farmersville Road to Route 33 Access Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Launch. The Rt. 33 Access is owned by the PA Fish and Boat Commission and it was developed for fishing and boating activities. The agency allows the public to utilize the property/parking lot as a courtesy for access to the local trail system for walking, dog walking, bike riding and similar activities.
Heading toward Bristol, trail users should carefully cross Hope Road near the entrance to the private property of Bethlehem Boat Club. Turn left (away from the Bethlehem Boat Club entrance) and follow Hope Road for only 100 feet then turn right to continue along the narrow towpath beside the canal.
Please use caution when crossing Hope Road and the Bethlehem Boat Club access road, as there may be trucks with trailers traveling through. The section between Hope Road and the Route 33 Boat Launch is unimproved and quite narrow. Please use caution, stay to the right, and be respectful of other trail users.