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The Heritage Trail, a 60-Mile Dream, Becoming a Reality on the Delaware River

The Heritage Trail would loop around either side of the Delaware River, from Trenton, New Jersey, down to Philadelphia and back, exploring historic sites and a variety of neighborhoods and parks all along the way.
August 25, 2016, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Nearly two decades after the National Park Service proposed a 60-mile bike and pedestrian trail along a part of the Delaware River, the dusty plans are picking up steam," reports Jan Hefler.

"So far, studies have been commissioned on both sides of the river, and signs have been planted in areas where sidewalks, roads, and paths have been linked to create several fragments of the trail," according to Hefler. Importantly, the trail has had some major funding victories in recent months. Burlington County received a $2.3 million federal grant and Trenton received $300,000 in federal funding.

The National Park Service first pitched the idea for the Heritage Trail in 1998, with the hopes of someday connecting it to an "urban Appalachian Trail," spanning the East Coast, from Florida to Maine.

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Published on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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