Autumn on the Delaware: In Washington's Footsteps (Trenton - New Hope walk)
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Autumn on the Delaware: In Washington's Footsteps (Trenton - New Hope walk)

Autumn on the Delaware: In Washington's Footsteps (Trenton - New Hope walk)

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Trenton Transit Center (start)

72 South Clinton Avenue

Trenton, NJ

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 17 mile walk from Trenton to Lambertville, NJ

Autumn on the Delaware: Enjoy the stunning fall foliage along the Delaware River!

This route shadows, in reverse order, the movement of George Washington's troops in December 1776. We will pass the Old Barracks in Trenton, where the Hessian troops that Washington defeated in the critical Battle of Trenton were posted. We will venture along the Delaware Canal through Morrisville and Yardley before reaching Washington Crossing, where we will have the opportunity to cross the Delaware, tour historic buildings and take a mid-walk break. Bowman Hill is believed by some to be the location of the lookout point Washington used to prepare for safe crossing. The tower atop Bowman Hill offers an amazing view for about 15 miles around, particularly at this time of year. The New Hope Ivyland Railroad is along the way and offers fall foliage tours of the area on antique trains. We finish in New Hope and Lambertville, with their many galleries, shops and eateries. A great area for comfy overnight lodging in preparation for the next day's walk!

Points of Interest

  • Mill Hill Park

  • Old Barracks

  • NJ Capitol

  • Morrisville levee / Trenton skyline

  • Washington Crossing tour/buildings

  • Revolutionary soldiers' graves

  • Bowman Hill Tower

  • New Hope Ivyland Railroad

  • New Hope's Main Street

  • Lambertville's art and antiques

Event carpooling and logistics to be arranged.

The "Autumn on the Delaware" series of walks follows the Delaware River and its canals at its most colorful time of year, and is designed to support our fellow cross-country ultra-hiker, Jim Gregoire, get across PA and NJ as he tries to complete a South-to-North walking excursion along the East Coast. He has been walking about 15 to 20 miles each day for many weeks. We figure the FreeWalkers can help him get through his walk with some spirited company for at least these four days. We will publish other days in Jim's itinerary so you may coordinate with him if you desire. Make plans to join us any day you can.

Autumn on the Delaware series:

Thu Oct 20: Pennypack Trail - 21mi Philadelphia (Fox Chase) to Bristol PA - Along the Pennypack Creek and the East Coast Greenway

Fri Oct 21: Bristol Stomp - 16mi Bristol to Trenton NJ - Along the Delaware Canal, a repeat of our March event

Sat Oct 22: In Washington's Footsteps - 17mi Trenton to Lambertville/New Hope - Towpath walk with stops at Washington Crossing and Bowman Hill

Sun Oct 23: River Town Tour - 17mi Lambertville to Frenchtown NJ - through Stockton, Lumberville and Point Pleasant


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