D & H Canal Park at Lock 31 - Hawley, PA
The D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 has 16 beautiful acres to explore. The site features the historic Daniels Farmhouse (circa 1820s), the D&H Canal, and Canal lock 31. Throughout the park you can read the many interpretive signs giving a brief history of the site. A walk along the towpath reveals many local tree varieties (some rare!), beautiful scenic views and many species of wildlife living along the Lackawaxen River. The park is open dawn to dusk.
The Delaware & Hudson Canal is a 108-mile-long civil engineering achievement, built over three years largely by hand.The D&H Canal was conceived by the Wurts brothers as a means to transport anthracite coal from their Pennsylvania mines to the Hudson River at Kingston, New York, from where it was shipped downriver to New York City. This 108-lock waterway operated from 1828 until 1898. After 70 years of operation it no longer was practical to transport the coal and other materials on the canal when compared to using the railroads. In 1898 the last coal boat made the trip from Honesdale to Kingston. After the canal was closed it was drained and the canal land was sold and split up.
If you would like more information on the park and its events, please contact the Wayne County Historical Society for details.
Canal Park has handicap-accessible parking and ADA approved blue stone side walks leading to the Daniel's Farmhouse. Foot bridge over Lock 31 and towpath are wheelchair accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. All animal waste must be bagged.
Time Period Represented
Dawn to Dusk