Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River


The largest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River runs past forests, farmlands, and villages, and it also links some of the most densely populated regions in America. Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can travel along the narrow 30-mile corridor on both sides of the river. The lower Delaware River and its tributaries are dotted with watercraft like inner tubes, canoes, kayaks, pontoons, speed boats, and personal water craft. Visitors (with licenses) can fish for striped bass, shad, and game fish like walleye pike and muskellunge. The park includes three Pennsylvania tributaries, the Paunacussing, Tinicum and Tohickon Creeks.

The river corridor also offers spectacular autumn foliage, dramatic natural ice sculptures in the winter, and spring's natural migration of birds. Beautiful views of the river and canals are complimented by the scenery of the historic riverside towns and mills. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have designated the routes that flank the river as scenic byways.

The lower Delaware River has never been long off the nation's mind; it lies between two of the great colonial cities of the nation: New York and Philadelphia. Nationally recognized historic districts and sites line the river, with monuments to the heritage and early industry of a new and growing nation. At Washington Crossing visitors can "cross the Delaware." Not to do battle, but to see the sites on both sides of the river.




Lower Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is located between Easton PA/Phillipsburg NJ/Interstate 78 on the north and Washington Crossing PA/Washington Crossig NJ/Interstate 95 on the south.

Routes along the river:
Pennsylvania: Routes 611 & 32
New Jersey: Routes 519 and 29