CANAL WATCH ACTIVITIES FOR 2018
D&R CANAL WALKS THROUGH HISTORY
Saturday, May 19 -- 10:00 a.m. History Bike Tour on the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and
back, 10 miles round trip. Explore the structures along the D&R Canal with Canal Watch trustee Bob Barth.
Meet at the locktender’s home in Kingston. Bring water; helmet required. Allow three hours. Questions?
Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 20 -- Canal Road will be closed between 10:00 and 4:00 between Butler Road and Blackwells
Mills Road for Franklin Township’s “Walk and Roll.” Enjoy a day with friends and family along the scenic D&R
Canal with no cars!
Saturday, June 2 -- Bordentown Bluffs, Stanton Avenue, Bordentown, NJ. Start time: 10:00 a.m. Prescription
for Better Health, RWJ Hamilton, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, and the NJ State Parks offer a series of
1st Saturday walks for those not generally comfortable outdoors or alone on trails without a walking
companion. Walking is a great benefit for the body and mind. Taking exercise out into nature augments
these benefits, so that getting to better health may be just a walk in the park! Come discover the Abbott
Marshlands with a knowledgeable guide. This walk will be led by Stephanie Fox, the D&R Canal State Park
Naturalist and Mary Leck, Professor Emeritus of Rider University. We are hoping the mountain laurel will be
in bloom and there will be beautiful vistas of the Abbott Marshlands. www.abbottmarshlands.org
Sunday, June 3 – 8:00 a.m. Birdwatching walk. Meet at the historic Van Wickle House off Easton Avenue at
the foot of DeMott Lane, Somerset section of Franklin. See and hear Baltimore and Orchard orioles and
other nesting songbirds as we walk along the Delaware & Raritan Canal. (GPS: 1289 Easton Avenue,
Somerset NJ 08873.) Leaders: Barbara & George Dawson, 732-249-2670; email --
Sunday, June 3 – 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch Annual Meeting at the Griggstown Muletenders Barracks. Joe
Donnelly of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will present “The Delaware River Bridges.”
Questions? Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or email@example.com. The GPS address is 4
Griggstown Causeway, Princeton (but the building is in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township, not in
Sunday, June 3 -- Pedal and Paddle along the Canals. The Delaware Canal State Park, D&R Canal State Park
and the Delaware River Greenway Partnership is joining forces to host a PEDAL AND PADDLE along the
There are limited amount of spaces and the cost is only $15.00/person~What a deal! Registrants need to
bring their own bike but kayak and life jackets will be provided. Your spot will NOT be saved until you
complete the registration at:
Days Details: Participants will meet and the event will begin at Prallsville Mills. The “Pedal” portion of the
event will leave from the Mill, travel south and over the bridge to the PA side. We will pedal up the Delaware
Canal to the Tohickon Creek Aqueduct, and then back down to the Bulls Island Recreation Area. After the
pedal, lunch break and safety instruction at Bulls Island, and participants will complete the “Paddle” portion
back down the D&R Canal to Prallsville Mills. Registrants will need to bring their own packed lunch for the
Sunday, June 10 – Canal Walk and Roll: Canal Road will be closed from 10:00 to 4:00 from Route 518 to the
Griggstown Causeway. Enjoy a day with friends and family along the scenic D&R Canal with no cars! Discover
why the D&R Canal was one of the most successful canals in the U.S.
Saturday, June 16. Hike 5.3 miles from Fireman’s Eddy to Prallsville Mill (the meeting place) or choose the
2.6-mile walk to the Holcombe-Jimison Farm. The tour will include the historic remnants of the feeder canal
outlet lock to the river, other historic canal structures and expansive views across river. Leader: Pamela V’
Combe, firstname.lastname@example.org Or 609-635-2783.
Saturday, June 16 -- Journaling and Exploring Nature
Nature Exploration and Journaling at Point Breeze -- Famous for its picturesque landscape, wonderful
gardens, extensive art collection, and large library, Point Breeze was central to American intellectual and
cultural life in the Delaware Valley. Join the D&R Canal Naturalist, Stephanie Fox for a nature walk at the
Divine Word, whose missionary now sits on the Point Breeze property. We will cover the terrain that once
Charles Lucien Bonaparte observed, studied and sketched wildlife and the landscapes. Participants will
provided with a nature journal and given hints and techniques on how connect closer to nature by
sketching and the written word. This is a family friendly event and designed for beginner journal keepers to
explore their creative side.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY CONTACTING DOUG KIOVSKY AT GEORGESILVERFOX@AOL.COM
THERE IS $5.00 CHARGE. Program is sponsored by the Bordentown Historical Society and NJ State Parks.
Please visit http://bordentownhistory.org/index.html for other programs provided by Bordentown Historical
• What to bring
Journals will be provided for participants to take home
• Important to know: Registration Required: Registration is open from March 19 – June 15, 2018 or until all
openings are booked. To register, email Doug Kiovsky at email@example.com. There is $5.00 charge
for this event
Sunday, July 8 – Canal Walk and Roll: Canal Road will be closed from 10:00 to 4:00 from Route 518 to the
Griggstown Causeway. Enjoy a day with friends and family along the scenic D&R Canal with no cars! Follow
the footsteps of George Washington after the Battle of Princeton and learn about his spy John Honeyman
(See bottom of next page.)
Saturday, July 21. Hike 5.3 miles from Fireman’s Eddy to Washington Crossing (the meeting place) or choose
the 4.1-mile walk to Church Road in Titusville. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, firstname.lastname@example.org Or 609-635-
Sunday, August 12 -- – Canal Walk and Roll: Canal Road will be closed from 10:00 to 4:00 from Route 518 to
the Griggstown Causeway. Enjoy a day with friends and family along the scenic D&R Canal with no cars! (See
bottom of next page.)
Sunday, September 16 -- Canal Road will be closed between 10:00 and 4:00 between Butler Road and
Blackwells Mills Road for Franklin Township’s “Walk and Roll.” Enjoy a day with friends and family along the
scenic D&R Canal with no cars!
Saturday, October 13 -- East Millstone Canalfest, Market Street, East Millstone. http://franklinfoodbank.
Saturday, October 20 – 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 3-mile
walk on the D&R Canal towpath between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and Zarephath. Please meet at
Canal Park in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at Madison Street. We will
enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we identify various wildlife and vegetation. Please RSVP by
email to Jessica Hunsdon at email@example.com or call/text her at 732-993-4505.
Saturday, October 27. Hike 6.2 miles from Washington Crossing to Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in
Cadwalader Park (the meeting place) or choose the 2.4-mile walk to Scudder’s Falls. The tour will pass by
Wilburtha and Upper Ferry Road and will include historic canal structures: several stop gates, a spillway, an
aqueduct, and other historic features. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-635- 2783.
Friday, November 9 - 7:00-11:00 p.m. Star-gazing along the canal. Griggstown Star Gazing. Join us at the
Griggstown Grassland Preserve for an evening of stargazing. The planet Mars will be visible in the south.
The Andromeda Galaxy, the farthest object that can be seen with the unaided eye, will be high in the sky. We
will be looking at star clusters, open clusters and planetary nebulae in the Milky Way. The Grassland
Preserve is located at 1091 Canal Road in Griggstown. Space is limited. Please register by contacting Wayne
Saturday, November 17. Hike 4.5 miles from Whitehead Road to Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in
Cadwalader Park (the meeting place) or choose the 2.5-mile walk to the Trenton Battle Monument. Leader:
Pamela V’Combe, email@example.com or 609-635-2783.
Saturday, December 8. Hike 5.6 miles from Griggstown to East Millstone (the meeting place) or choose the
3.5-mile walk to Blackwells Mills. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-635-2783.