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Route Overview

The route for the 40-mile walk (estimated between 38-40 miles) starts at the Trenton Transportation Center then after a short walk to the Calhoun St. Bridge (along the Delware River), follows the East Coast Greenway trail - which in turn follows the Delaware and Raritan Canal. This trail is well-established and marked. The East Coast Greenway Trail actually merges with the D&R following its main Northeastern towpath nearly all the way to New Brunswick. Once near the Rutgers Campus you'll veer off the trail for just a mile or two and head to the New Brunswick train station to finish.

Since 2016, the Great Canal Walk is broken into 2 parts. Traditionally, we walked from Trenton to Princeton (Spring Ahead Walk, 12-miles) in late Winter as a warm up to the longer walk. As the walk grew over time, more walkers would walk the Spring Ahead Walk then do the rest with an easier start in Princeton, where they had left off. So, to accommodate a trend we are officially starting the second part in Princeton - at an hour earlier than previous years. This allows a less demanding Great Canal Walk event at 28 miles where we are hoping more walkers make the entire distance. But, of course, you may stick with tradition and walk from Trenton to New Brunswick by starting at 7:00 am in Trenton and walking the entire route.

You are invited to join us in New Brunswick at Tumulty's and old Irish bar for some needed food, drink and cheer. This is, of course, optional depending on how you feel at the end of a long day. This has been our last stop and is a few short blocks from the train station.

Timulty's Pub
361 George St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901(732) 545-6205


The East Coast Greenway trail is an ambitious 3,000 mile trail project that crosses the entire state in a northeasterly direction. The course is very accessible and not far from mass transportation but there are limited stops. Amtrak and NJ Transit run trains nearby this section of the Greenway. We suggest you have a backup driver available and/or consider mass transportation routes in your planning. Using mass transportation, of course, is a better environmental choice.

See Transportation considerations for TR2NB40 for more details on connecting along the trail.