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Towing A Message: Walk a Towpath for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - In the early 1800’s, before there were railroads, a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York. Now, plenty of people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists.

Locally, thanks goes to conservation efforts and the New Jersey State Park System, the Delaware & Raritan Canal

Prep for the Great Canal Walk with the Spring Ahead Walk

The FreeWalkers recently announced the Spring Ahead Walk scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2013 which is a 12 mile walk and a good practice distance for Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org) on April 6, 2013. This walk can help condition walkers for the future event and for planning resources and stops along the way, The 12 miles will take about 4 hours at a comfortable pace. This same segment is part of the D&R Canal route and can be applied to the Cross Jersey Challenge. Walkers partiipating will get a good feeling of the trail for the starting portion of 40-mile event as well as test their

WALK THE GREAT D&R CANAL ON APRIL 6, 2013

Starting from the Delaware River, trace the footsteps of this 175 year old waterway and transportation system across Central New Jersey - from Trenton to New Brunswick. The Great Canal Walk is a forty-mile, one-day long distance event that is a superb physical and mental challenge and the first event in a series of walking events aiming to walk across New Jersey following the East Coast Greenway.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding.

Take a New Journey on an Old Canal for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - Before there were railroads, automobiles and airplanes a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York.

Today, people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists. The Delaware & Raritan Canal continues as a one of the state’s most beloved recreation resources.

To experience the beauty

Take the 2015 Walking Challenge: Walk the Canal and the Entire State

Princeton, March 5, 2015 For the fifth year in a row, the FreeWalkers of New Jersey are inviting everyone to join them on a 40-mile one-day journey by foot along the D&R Canal held this year on April 11th. This historical man-made waterway is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational parks. The "Great Canal Walk" follows the main canal section from downtown Trenton through Lawrenceville and Princeton, as well as the charming villages of Kingston, Griggstown, Blackwells Mills and East Millstone, ending up in New Brunswick.

The D&R Canal was originally built across central New

Join a Naturally Historic Walk Along the D&R Canal on April 9, 2011

Starting from the Delaware River, trace the footsteps of this 175 year old waterway and transportation system across Central New Jersey - from Trenton to New Brunswick. The TR2NB40 - Great Canal Walk, a forty-mile, one -day long distance walk, is a superb physical and mental challenge and the first event in a series of three walking events aiming to walk across New Jersey following the East Coast Greenway.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding.

No More Barges but Plenty of Beauty

The Delaware and Raritan hasn’t been a working canal since the 1930s, but it’s still earning its keep as a very long state park. AS American canals go, the Erie, which famously linked Buffalo to Albany in the early 19th century, gets all the glory. But at its peak in the 1860s, the V-shaped Delaware and Raritan Canal running through central New Jersey was no pipsqueak transportation system. One year it even outdid the Erie in tonnage carried. And since the early 1970s the narrow waterway has been the centerpiece of a 70-mile-long state park popular with bikers, walkers, fishermen and boaters. See full NY Times July 29, 2010 article.

FreeWalkers to Walk 100 miles Across State in 2011 in Support of East Coast Greenway

The FreeWalkers recently announced a new program called the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge which requires walking 100 miles across the entire state in 2011. The public is invited to walk the first Cross-Jersey Challenge Event called the “Great Canal Walk: TR2NB40” walking along the Delaware and Raritan Canal from Trenton to New Brunswick on April 9, 2011.

Geat Canal Walk Practice Walks Scheduled for March

The FreeWalkers recently announced two practice walks this month in anticipation of the Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org) on April 9, 2011. Practice walks are informal group walks used to prepare the group for longer, more challenging events. The walks serve the purpose of conditioning walkers for the future event and for planning resources and stops along the way, The first practice walk is scheduled for Sunday, March 20th starting in Trenton and ending in Princeton will be about 12 miles and taake about 4 hours at a comfortable pace.. The second, goes from Princeton to Bound Brook and is a 16 to 20 mile trek taking up to 6 hours. Walkers partiipating int he practice walks will get a good feeling of the trail for the final 40-mile event as well as test their endurance.

Walking to a deeper appreciation of NJ open spaces

From THE STATE WE'RE IN by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation, March 4, 2011

Land is its own best advocate. Few indeed are those who can walk through the Garden State's spectacular natural areas and not want to see more land saved. This spring, let the land speak to you: Join the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge!

The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge invites people to walk 100 miles across the state - from Trenton to New York City. The idea springs from a partnership between the FreeWalkers (www.freewalkers.org), a long distance walking group, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance (www.greenway.org).

Accept the Challenge and you can join any - or all - of three group walks along different sections of the trail, or complete the 100 miles at your own pace and schedule. Each section of the Cross-Jersey Challenge has its own website, complete with routes, maps, descriptions and frequently asked questions.

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