Affiliate of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Attractions & hours

Welcome to beautiful Hugh Moore Park, home of the National Canal Museum! While visiting the park you will be on the banks of the Lehigh River, one of Pennsylvania’s most scenic waterways. You see will locks and other historic structures along the Lehigh Canal, 19th century industrial ruins, as well as the park’s centerpiece, the Josiah White II canal boat. Take a voyage on the Lehigh Canal and listen while an authentically-dressed crew gives you an oral history of regional canals. It’s a memorable trip through history for all ages!

National Canal Museum/Emrick Center

The National Canal Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals. The museum features hands-on exhibits that educate and entertain parents and children alike.

Practice harnessing a mule and steering a boat! Learn about the men, women and children who lived and worked on the canals, and discover how they used simple machines like levers and pulleys to make their job easier.

canals-watertableHours of Operation
June 7 through Aug. 31, 2014:
Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 2014:
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Canal boat tours are 45 minutes long and leave the dock at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Admission (includes Canal Boat Ride and Emrick Center)

Adults: $12
Seniors and members of the military: $11
Children (3-15): $9
Children under 3: Free

Group Rates (15 or more)

Adults: $10
Seniors and members of the military: $9
Children (3-15): $7

Locktender’s House

An easy walk up the towpath brings you to the Locktenders House, the Guard Lock and the feeder gate.

On weekends during the boating season, Bob, the volunteer locktender, will show you around the Locktender’s House and introduce you to the way locktenders and their families lived in the early 20th century. He may even let you help open a lock gate!

Relax in the garden and enjoy the view of the Lehigh River, or take a short stroll along the riverbank to a group of interpretive panels that will tell you more about navigation on the Lehigh in the 19th century.

Locktender’s Garden

Blue Lobelia, Magic Lily, Jack in the Pulpit — these are among the beautiful plants you will find when you stroll down the towpath to the Locktender’s House. All native to the region, the flowers bloom at various times of the year to keep the garden lively from spring through fall and attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Picnic Facilities

The portico of the Emrick Center is available to rent for picnics and parties of up to 50 people.  Contact Loretta at 610-923-3548, ext 221 for rates and reservations.

The large and small pavilions in Hugh Moore Park can be reserved by calling the City of Easton Parks and Recreation Department at  610-250-6711.

D&L Trail

The D&L Trail in Hugh Moore Park connects walkers, bicyclists and runners to the region’s national significant heritage. It travels along the Lehigh Canal to the Locktender’s House and Garden. Beyond the Park, the D&L Trail connects you to historic downtown Easton and nearby communities like Freemansburg and Bethlehem. Going further, the 165-mile network extends from Wilkes Barre, through the mountain of northeast Pennsylvania in Carbon and Luzerne counties, along the Lehigh River through the Lehigh Valley, and along the Delaware Canal and Delaware River through Bucks County to Bristol.

Emrick Center

emerickThe Emrick Center is the home of the National Canal Museum and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Built in 2006 thanks to a generous donation from local resident Mrs. Elaine Emrick in memory of her husband Peter, the 14,000-square-foot two-story brick building now houses the Canal Museum’s exhibits, offices and state-of-the-art archives and library. The offices are also located on the second floor of the building.