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Join the Friends for Morris Canal walk, take canal boat ride

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal for “Following the Route of the Morris Canal,” a 4.5-mile guided walking tour, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Forks of the Delaware River Recreation Area, 210 S. Delaware Ave. (Route 611), Easton.

Bob Barth, an enthusiast of New Jersey’s canals, will lead a round-trip walk that will begin at the Delaware Canal guard lock. From there, the massive stone arch entryway to the Morris Canal can be spied across the Delaware River in Phillipsburg, N.J. Two bridges in Easton will be crossed – the first over the Lehigh River, the second across the Delaware River into Phillipsburg.

Activists are making great headway in developing the Morris Canal Greenway, an initiative to preserve the canal right-of-way, mark its route, and create trails and parks. In Phillipsburg, walkers will experience the fruits of these efforts.

Participants will stay on Main Street’s sidewalk to view the top of the stone arch entryway, and then follow the route of the Belvidere Delaware Railroad to the sites of Port Delaware and Inclined Plane 11 West. The turning point will be Greens Bridge, even though there is much more to explore on the Morris Canal.

The presentation is free, and no reservations are required.

Walkers will be back in Easton in time to attend a canal boat ride and dinner on the Lehigh Canal in Easton. Benefiting the D&R Canal Watch, the event includes a mule-drawn boat ride, a three-entrée buffet, and entertainment by Roy Justice. The boat will lock through the Abbott Street Lock. For tickets and information, visit

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