The Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Towpath Trail is one of several gateways from which you can explore the Abbott Marshlands. This trail follows the old canal for about 3 miles through the very heart of the marsh. Access Points can be found on Lamberton Road, from the Scenic Overlook on Route 295, and in historic Bordentown at the historic Outlet Lock No. 1, an old entrance to the canal from Crosswicks Creek.
Flora and Fauna Highlights
Wading birds such as herons and egrets are common in the marsh. You might also catch a glimpse of a red-tailed hawk, an osprey or even a bald eagle. Listen for Carolina and marsh wrens. In winter, ducks can be seen in the canal. The New Jersey Audubon Society classifies the Abbott Marshlands as a Very Important Bird and Birding Area.
Typical wetland plants and animals here benefit from the tidal freshwater ecology. Look for cattails, arrow arum, and yellow pond lilies growing in the canal. Out in the water you might see turtles sunning on logs. Colorful butterflies and dragonflies are likely to cross your path.
Hints for Hiking and Biking the Trail
The trail is flat, of low difficulty and has a crushed-stone surface. Plan at least 2 hours for
a 6-mile roundtrip. Bicycling permitted. (Motorized vehicles not allowed.) At the trail’s southern end near Outlet Lock No. 1 is a bridge, shared with NJT’s River Line Light Rail, which crosses Crosswicks Creek to historic Bordentown. There are many historic sites and numerous eateries and shops within walking distance for visitors to enjoy.