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Delaware Canal State Park- A walk along the 60-mile towpath of the Delaware Canal is a stroll into American History. The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid 19th century. Mule drawn canal boat rides and the Lock Tender's House Visitor Center are at New Hope.

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Description - The Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor are two 19th century canals that are attributed to opening up the passage that powered the Industrial Revolution. Beautiful scenery and rich natural resources laid the foundation for what has become a mecca for recreation and cultural celebrations. Warm summer months and winter holidays are times for special events with music, artisan wares, walking tours and more. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy cross-country skiing, snowboarding, bicycle races, skateboarding and canoeing.

Attractions - Settlement patterns, from Native Americans to today's immigrants, continue to change the patterns in the tapestry known as the D&L National Heritage Corridor. It began because of the magnificent scenery and the discovery of the widest range of natural resources found anywhere in the world. Unmatched extraction of natural resources changed the landscape but nature prevailed in many places, erasing any sign of industry and in some cases even of the communities that once existed. Unsurpassed recreational opportunities lead one through bucolic countrysides, rugged mountains and lush valleys as well as through teeming communities filled with over 50 types of ethnic flavor. Visit sites offering a look into these stories, recreation of every type, breathtaking scenery and a trail system that links many of the attractions together. Enjoy ethnic and musical celebrations, walking tours through communities with rich and colorful histories and museums describing the industries, people and wildlife that share this special place.

Recreation - While many of the smaller museums are open seasonally, there are always events happening throughout the five county area. Most of the larger special events happen during the warmer months but around Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays there are many special events and musical celebrations. Recreational and special events take place in season, with sports such as skiing, snowboarding, bicycle races, skateboarding and canoeing.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Delaware Canal area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (above 23 Celsius).

Location - One Landing / Visitor Center is currently open, in Easton, Pennsylvania. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Located on the Delaware River, Interstate 78 and 22 pass Easton and Interstate 80 passes through Carbon and Luzerne Counties, an hour to the north of Easton. Interstate 81 intersects Interstate 78 an hour's drive to the west. Call for specific directions. While visiting Two Rivers Landing in Easton, plan to visit the Crayola Factory and the National Canal Museum in the same building.


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Contact Information:
Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor, 10 East Church Street, A-208 , Bethlehem, PA, 18018, Phone: 610-861-9345
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Additional Information:
Delaware Canal State Park - A walk along the 60-mile towpath of the Delaware Canal is a stroll into American History. The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid 19th century. Mule drawn canal boat rides and the Lock Tender's House Visitor Center are at New Hope.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

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Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor - Official agency Website

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