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FODC hosts “The Tunnel Trek” on June 9th

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal for “The Tunnel Trek,” a 3.6-mile round-trip walking tour, on Sunday, June 9th at 2:00 p.m.  Meet in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, 7 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067.

The Conrail embankment in Falls Township is a peril no more.  A culvert pipe still carries the Canal’s water through the embankment, but towpath users no longer have to detour around it.  No resorting to the “hill climb” or rushing by the active railroad tracks.

On this trek, walkers will test out both the tunnel and the new detour trail at Tyburn Road. Starting near Bridge Street in Morrisville, hikers will head north to view the last obstruction on the towpath and talk about plans for a solution.  Coming into view as walkers head south under Route 1 will be a place that illustrates in what low regard historic places like the Canal were held in the 1950’s.

The stretch of Canal between Route 1 and Tyburn Road has much industrial and commercial activity on either side of it, yet the Canal remains a green oasis with tall trees, ducks, geese, and great blue herons.  When walkers reach Tyburn Road, they’ll use the new detour trail built by the DCNR regional construction crew – another great improvement.  

Ten years ago, it seemed unimaginable that the Conrail embankment and Tyburn Road obstructions would be overcome —- and now they’re history.   Come walk and celebrate this achievement! This event is free and reservations are not required.  Donations are gratefully accepted and go towards Canal improvement efforts.

The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, not-for-profit organization working to restore, preserve and improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings.  Its primary goals are to ensure that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol and that the towpath trail is useable over its entire length.