A riparian hike along the D&R Canal

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The Lock Tender's House in Kingston, NJ in 1908 and in 2013. Not many changes! (upper picture from Visitor Center)

Last year, at the end of July I hiked along the feeder of the Delaware & Raritan Canal, better known as the D&R Canal. (See here for the blog about that event). As can be seen in that blog, the 1834-built D&R Canal linked the cities of Trenton and New Brunswick. This section was 71 kilometers (44 miles) long. In order to get the water into that canal an extra canal, a so-called feeder canal, of 35 kilometers (22 miles) was constructed.

In my previous hike I explored (a part of) the feeder section. Today it was time for the main section. I started in the village of Kingston where the canal has a hiking trail at each bank. The main trail follows the whole canal.

Picturesque houses along the D&R Canal
I only hiked 10 kilometers / 6 miles (one-way) to Griggstown, and back.

In Kingston the Lock Tender's house and the adjacent little telegraph office are still present and look almost the same as they did in 1908, 105 years ago! The canal has been maintained very well. Unlike similar canals such as the C&O Canal the canal is still filled and water is flowing in it. The only modification made is that the lock doors have been replaced by concrete dams making it impossible to run a barge over it. Yet for kayaks, which can be lifted out of the water, the water way is still a go.

After my yesterday's heavy fern-plow hike in the Catskills this hike was a very easy one. The trail was practically level. The views were pleasant maybe slightly boring. I saw several blue herons and a turtle. And, at the end of the hike again hundreds of mosquitoes saw me, and turned me into their dinner buffet.

More pictures below.

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The Lock Tenders House in Kingsto…
The Lock Tender's House in Kingst…
Picturesque houses along the D&R C…
Picturesque houses along the D&R …
The D&R Canal
The D&R Canal
The lock in Kingston NJ
The lock in Kingston NJ
One of the more friendly animals I…
One of the more friendly animals …
One of the more friendly animals I…
One of the more friendly animals …
The D&R Canal
The D&R Canal
On of the ancient mile marker show…
On of the ancient mile marker sho…
The D&R Canal
The D&R Canal
This bunk house in Griggstown once…
This bunk house in Griggstown onc…
The wooden bridge at Griggstown
The wooden bridge at Griggstown
Another friendly animal on my rout…
Another friendly animal on my rou…
Some nice flora too!
Some nice flora too!
The canal hike, starting from the …
The canal hike, starting from the…
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photo by: mdalamers