New Multi-Use Trail Opens Along C&D Canal
October 18, 2013Location: Delaware City, Delaware
Governor Jack A. Markell (right) unveils trail sign named for Michael N. Castle (center)
Bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts joined Governor Jack A.
Markell, U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper, U.S.
Representative John Carney, and other Delaware officials for a
ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the C&D
The new $6 million Michael N. Castle Trail stretches nearly nine
miles along the north bank of the C&D Canal. Designed as a
multi-use pathway, not only bicyclists and pedestrians but also
equestrians and anglers have been accommodated. Upon its
completion, the trail will extend 16 miles between Delaware City,
Delaware, and Chesapeake City, Maryland.
Markell remarked, "This pathway is going to be enjoyed by
generations to come. ...I can't wait to get out here."
The trail is a key part of the First State Trails and Pathways
Initiative led by the Delaware Department of Transportation and the
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,
encouraging outdoor recreation and ecotourism. The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, which owns and operates the canal, also is a strong
partner to the project.
The trail is officially named for Castle, who served two terms
as governor and nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He
was the guest of honor at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
JMT provided a variety of services, from planning through final
design of the project. Learn more about our involvement here.