Hope, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams
Dunn today joined the Friends of Delaware Canal to celebrate the Delaware Canal
State Park Towpath as Pennsylvania’s 2022 Trail of the Year.
“We are delighted to honor this diverse, historic trail as
Pennsylvania’s 2022 Trail of the Year and are pleased to celebrate the
multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities it provides,” Dunn said. “This
trail and the Delaware Canal corridor continue to be a destination for so many
people looking to spend time outdoors. I am hopeful that even more people
become aware of this wonderful area and seek out this gem of a trail because of
58.9-mile Delaware Canal State Park Towpath passes through 18 municipalities in
Bucks and Northampton counties. The towpath, where the mules once trod pulling
canal boats along the Delaware Canal, provides a level trail for walking,
jogging, biking and horseback riding. Boat accesses allow for canoeing and
kayaking. In winter, ice skating and cross-country skiing are also popular
along the towpath and canal.
Pennsylvania Trails Month and DCNR encourages residents to get outside and
spend time on a trail to help improve health and wellness. ExplorePaTrails offers details on more than 650 trails
covering more than 12,000 miles in Pennsylvania.
of the Delaware Canal, the award recipient, works in partnership with Delaware
Canal State Park, which manages the canal and towpath. The Friends group
assists with development and maintenance along the towpath, as well as helping
to raise funds and awareness for the canal and towpath.
group uses the Canal Tenders volunteer program to watch over and care for
sections of the towpath, and they also initiated a Canal Action Team to work on
larger maintenance projects along the trail. This year marks the 40th
anniversary of the Friends of the Delaware Canal.
of Delaware Canal are proud to celebrate Delaware Canal Towpath as
Pennsylvania’s 2022 Trail of the Year,” said Michael Ginder, executive director
of the Friends of Delaware Canal. “The towpath has much to offer with a rich
history and has seen an increase in visitors the past couple of years as more
and more individuals spend time outdoors. The Trail of the Year recognition
will allow the Friends to build on that increased visitor momentum as well as
bolster the work we do to ensure the towpath trail is usable over its entire
The Towpath is part of the Delaware and Lehigh
National Heritage Corridor,
which is 165 miles long and traverses five counties in eastern Pennsylvania.
The Towpath is also in the Lehigh Valley Greenways and Schuylkill Highlands
The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates the Trail of the Year
to help build enthusiasm and support for trails across the state, and to raise
public awareness about the value of the Pennsylvania’s land and water trail
network. Pennsylvania continues its tradition of being a leader in trail
development by providing its citizens and visitors with an amazing network of
trails. DCNR has established a goal to have a trail within 10 minutes of all
Pennsylvanians in an effort to close the gaps in this network and bring trails
closer to everyone.
Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is charged with implementing the
recommendations of the Pennsylvania Trails Strategic Plan to develop a
statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation,
transportation, and healthy lifestyles for all. The 20-member DCNR-appointed
committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises
the commonwealth on use of state and federal trail funding.
Visit the Friends of the Delaware
Canal website for more
information about the organization.
Visit DCNR’s website for more information about Delaware
Canal State Park.
MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315
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