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Delaware River hiking

May 1st 2008 8:44 pm
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April 30,2008
Dad and I had a great day of hiking today on the canal towpaths on both sides of the Delaware River. We arrived at Washington Crossing state park in New Jersey early in the morning . Dad parked the car and we proceeded to cross the Delaware River bridge into Pennsylvania. It was sunny,but a chilly wind was blowing as we began our hike. Reaching the PA side of Washington Crossing state park,we hiked across some fields and soon came to the canal towpath. This we followed for about 5 miles. It parallels the Delaware river and affords sweeping views of the river in spots! The towpath here is a tad rough in spots as it was subjected to a few floods of the Delaware river recently,but isn`t really too difficult to hike. We hiked up to New Hope and crossed the bridge there into New Jersey. It had warmed up nicely by now and we hiked along the towpath on the Jersey side. We soon passed the wing dam about a mile below the New Hope bridge. Here there is a set of foaming rapids! Dad and I walked out onto the concrete surface of the wing dam which extends out into the Delaware river. It was flooded over in spots,but the water was only moderately chilly, so we just walked thru it. Dad posted a new video on my page "New Hope Rapids" showing views of the rapids from the wing dam. We then hiked onward,and detoured off the towpath into a field where a side trail led is to a secluded spot by the river. Here we had our lunch in warm sunshine while enjoying the tranquil river views. We then rejoined the canal towpath and hiked back to Washington Crossing park,detouring onto some trails that wind thru the park. Dad located another Geocache here,a hard one to find that had eluded him on previous attempts. He met another geocacher here and together we located the cache. We then returned to our car. A very nice spring hike!


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