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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

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

Updated! Lighting Up the Trail

on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 23:23

As the day grows long and the sun sets daylight will diminish and it gets dark a little after 7:00pm assuming good weather. That leaves almost 2 hours of walking and most of the walk was on the canal towpath. The towpath, in the final 10 or so miles, runs parallel to well-traveled roads but is still physically isolated with the canal separating the towpath from the mainland. So, walking can continue for several miles without the ability to cross over, it's oddly dark and isolated, yet very close to commercial areas such as Easton Avenue.

The main point for walkers that expect to make this

Great Walk Along a Great Canal

Wednesday, April 13 by silvia, West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance

Hats off to all 50 or so people who took part in TR2NB40 — a 40-mile walk from Trenton to New Brunswick along the D&R Canal on Saturday. Not all walked the entire route, but it sounds like everyone had a good time. We received two reports, one from WWBPA trustee Michael Ogg and another from WWBPA member Loretta Rice.

 “It was fun talking with others and learning about other walks such as The Great Saunter on May 7, a walk round Manhattan.

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.