Discovering the Historic and Natural Resources of the Delaware River Valley

The Delaware River Heritage Trail is envisioned as a 60-mile-long loop highlighting the cultural and natural resources along the upper portion of the scenic Delaware River estuary. The trail will link 24 communities, from Trenton to Palmyra on the New Jersey side and from Morrisville to Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood in Pennsylvania. The trail is a component of The Circuit, a 750-mile network of biking and pedestrian trails in the greater Philadelphia region. The Delaware River Greenway Partnership and a bi-state advisory committee of government and nonprofit representatives coordinated initial planning for the trail. DRGP focuses on Heritage Trail interpretation, which includes trail signage and this website.

Trail construction will be done by county and municipal government agencies. In New Jersey, Burlington County completed work on the first segment of the trail in 2013. The 2.8 mile segment links portions of Bordentown Township, Fieldsboro Borough and Bordentown City via on-road paths and sidewalks with directional and interpretive signage. A trailhead kiosk was constructed on Bordentown Beach, at the end of West Park Street in Bordentown.

Above Tacony on the Pennsylvania side, most of the proposed route is co-terminus with the East Coast Greenway and, north of Bristol, with the towpath of the Delaware Canal State Park, part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. .

The Roebling Company\'s Kinkora Works Roebling Village Historic District Florence Township Griffin Pipe Products Company Francis Hopkinson House The Camden & Amboy Railroad Point Breeze Historic District Bordentown City Borough of Fieldsboro Mansfield Township The Bordentown School Bordentown Township Burlington City Burlington Island Beverly City Edgewater Park Township Delanco Township Riverside Township Borough of Riverton Borough of Palmyra Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

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The Delaware River Heritage Trail is a member of The Circuit

This project was made possible by grants from the Duckworth Family Trust; the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program, administered by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. DRGP acknowledges with gratitude the assistance provided by staffs at these libraries and reference collections: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Burlington County Library, Burlington County Historical Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Hunterdon County Library, Jerseyana Collection/New Jersey State Library, New Jersey Historical Society, New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, Riverside Historical Society, Special Collections and University Archives/Rutgers University,Trentoniana Collection/Trenton Public Library, and Winterthur Library.

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