Due to blocked roadways and other damage resulting from Hurricane Isaias on 8/4/20, Delaware Canal State Park access points and day use facilities may be inaccessible to the public. Many trees have been reported blocking the towpath and the adjacent Route 32 and SR611. Please consider alternate recreation plans as park staff and local emergency crews are actively clearing obstructions.
In order to continue south on the D&L Trail from downtown New Hope, continue past the historic locktender’s house, dismount bicycles, and turn left to descend the stairs toward Main Street (Route 32). At the bottom of the stairs cross Main Street (Route 32) and head south along the sidewalk away from the downtown for about 300 feet. Enter the road to the left and continue south. Continue south parallel to the canal along the towpath, through the parking lot, turn left across the canal bridge at Lock 11, and continue south along the D&L Trail.
This section of the D&L Trail connects the town of New Hope with Washington Crossing Historic Park (Upper Park). New Hope offers restaurants, shopping and B&B accommodations. Further south at the next trailhead, users can visit the upper part of Washington Crossing Historic Park including Thompson-Neely Homestead and Bowman’s Hill Tower. Near Bowman’s Hill Tower is Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, a non-profit that showcases a diverse collection of native plants on 100 acres of fenced forest with 2.5 miles of hiking trails. 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.