Calendar of Events

The following programs are run by the D&R Canal State Park and/or an affiliated friends organization. Pre-registration is required to participate in any of the listed events unless otherwise noted (see registration instructions under the program descriptions). You'll be required to provide a contact name, email address and phone number in the event of cancellation as well as the number of people planning to attend the program (please indicate number of adults and children).

Please note that programs begin at varied times and locations which are included in the descriptions below and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, insufficient interest or other unforeseen circumstances. A MINIMUM OF 4 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS are needed to avoid program cancellation due to lack of interest. Call the park office at (609) 924-5705, or the contact person noted, if in doubt about a program's cancellation.

Upcoming Park Programs

Wednesday Evening Walks; Join us to decompress after a long day of work!

The first four of our 2022 SPRING and SUMMER Programs are here! Make sure to register to secure your spot (15 participants maximum per walk)

Our new Wednesday Evening Walks is a series of spring into summer leisurely after work ambles along the canal towpath and nearby areas. Each section of the canal has a unique character and history; come enjoy some outdoor time and learn a bit about the historic and natural resources of each location from our our seasonal trail interpreter. These easy mid-week walks will last about 60 to 90 minutes and progress at a comfortable pace. All walks will return to the original meeting location (as indicated in each description below). Wednesday Walkers will meet at the parking areas listed for each of the programs at 5:30 PM.

Participates will be required to register via the Eventbrite link below each listing (name, contact phone number,  email and number of attendees will be required). Registered participants will be contacted if program is to be canceled due to inclement weather, insufficient interest or other unforeseen circumstances. Upcoming walk descriptions, dates and locations are listed below.

Wed., April 27

Washington Crossing State Park to Titusville Loop - 2.4 Miles

Join our trail interpreter for a leisurely walk and unwind at the end of the day! Come hear about the unique relationship between the canal and this riverside hamlet. Registered participants will meet at the northern end of the Washington Crossing State Park’s riverfront parking area, near the towpath ramp, at 5:30 PM Click here for map.

Wed., May 4

Colonial Park Gardens To East Millstone - 2.0 Miles

Join our trail interpreter for a leisurely walk and unwind at the end of the day! Enjoy late spring blossoms and visit the newly restored East Millstone Bridge Tenders Station. Upon returning to the Colonial Park Gardens, we’ll pass through the area’s outstanding arboretum. Allow extra time to visit the Rose Garden. This walk begins at Colonial Park in Somerset. Registered participants will meet at Colonial Park Garden’s Parking Lot F, near the Lilac Garden at 5:30 PM. Click here for map.

Wed., May 18

Fireman’s Eddy to Belle Mountain via the Restored Meadows - 2.5 miles

Learn about the area’s historic quarries and communities while walking along the NJ Sourland’s border. Then return through the expansive grasslands which were restored through the efforts of many agencies and organizations. Registered participants will park at the Fireman’s Eddy lot (follow the canal bridge road into the wooded area). Click here for map.

Wed., June 1

Mapleton Preserve - 2 miles

Join our trail interpreter at 5:30 PM for a leisurely walk around the former Princeton Nursery grounds, returning along the D&R Canal trail. Learn about the area's historic and natural resources and it’s current relationship to the D&R Canal State Park. Registered participants will meet at the D&R Canal State Park's Kingston Office parking lot located at 145 Mapleton Road. Click here for map.

This program is fully registered but interested participants can sign-up for the waitlist via the Eventbrite link here.

Register for this walk via Eventbrite

 Lunchtime “Walk & Talks” - Join us for a leisurely lunchtime walk! (15 participants maximum per walk)

We've added monthly lunchtime walks to our programming schedule. These are a series of FREE lunch hour outings along the canal towpath and nearby areas. These leisurely walks located at various places within the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park will last about 90 to 120 minutes and progress at a comfortable pace. All walks will return to the original meeting location (as indicated in each description below). Lunchtime "Walk and Talk"registrants will meet at the parking areas listed for each of the programs promptly at 11:30 AM. For those interested, bring a bag lunch which will be eaten as a group after the walk. Bring your own portable chair, if desired.

Participates will be required to register via the Eventbrite link below each listing (name, contact phone number,  email and number of attendees will be required). Registered participants will be contacted if program is to be canceled due to inclement weather, insufficient interest or other unforeseen circumstances. Upcoming walk descriptions, dates and locations are listed below.

Thursday, June 15

Smell the Roses at Colonial Park Gardens and Walk to East Millstone - 2.0 Miles

The roses are in bloom! Come join our trail interpreter at lunch time, bring a bag lunch and plan to take time to smell the roses! Enjoy these beautiful early summer blossoms with us and then afterward we will walk the D&R towpath to East Millstone to visit the newly restored Bridge Tenders Station. Upon returning to the Colonial Park Gardens, we’ll pass through the area’s outstanding arboretum. This will be a leisurely mid-afternoon outdoor program, so plan to be with us a few hours. This lunch hour “walk and talk” will begin at Colonial Park in Somerset. This walk begins at Colonial Park in Somerset. Registered participants will meet at Colonial Park Garden’s Parking Lot F, near the Lilac Garden at 11:30 AM. Click here for map.

Register for this walk via Eventbrite