Just Imagine the Discoveries You Can Make Along the Byway
Naturally fun outdoor recreation
Since the D&R Canal is an integral park of the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway, there’s plenty of recreational fun–on land and water. Hike, birdwatch, fish, photograph, kayak, canoe, sightsee, horseback ride or cycle while enjoying the scenic views. During your trip to the canal, stop by the Griggstown Bridgetender’s House that serves as the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is open on weekends from April through October.
Discover the rich history of the Valley
The Millstone Valley holds abundant history from the first inhabitants, the native Lenape, to the Revolutionary War, World War I and World War II. Visit the historic sites and villages along the byway—each with its own unique history. And learn about a time before railroads when the D&R Canal bustled with activity. The byway lies within the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and part of the byway is on the Washington-Rochambeau National Heritage Trail.
Immerse yourself in historic village and local culture
Seemingly frozen in time, the architecture design styles you’ll find along the byway include Dutch and English Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, Carpenter Gothic, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, and Craftsman. And with an array of one-of-a-kind stores, you’re sure to find something special.
Local Cuisine and Lodging
A community with strong agrarian roots, the byway offers delicious and fresh produce to snack on as you explore. If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, the local neighborhood eateries are great places to stop by with the family.
What to Do on Your Byway Adventure
Built in the 1830s, the Blackwells Mills Bridgetender’s House was home to generations of bridgetenders who opened the swing bridge when canal boats came through.
Six Mile Run
Hiking, biking, horseback riding
This 3,037-acre tract of land has scenic landscapes and offers pleasant walking and biking trails through forests and along streams.
In 1842, the Griggstown Reformed Church was built as the First Protestant Dutch Church of Griggstown. The one-room schoolhouse was restored by the Griggstown Historical Society and can be toured by appointment.
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway Visitor Center and Griggstown Bridgetender’s House
Visit the Byway Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays 1–4 p.m. from April through October to learn about the area’s natural and cultural treasures.
Griggstown Lock 9 and Locktender’s House
View the historic Locktender’s House and the beautiful scenery around it.
This is the site of General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters where he awaited the news that the Treaty of Paris had been signed.
General George Washington held a conference with his officers here and decided to turn left and proceed to Morristown instead of New Brunswick, a decision that likely prevented a critical American defeat during the Revolutionary War.
The Kingston Locktender’s House was built in 1834. Adjacent to the Locktender’s House is the tollhouse/telegraph station and the lock itself. Restrooms are located in the parking lot and are available seasonally May–October.
Canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, birding, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, sightseeing
Canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, birding, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and sightseeing are just some of the things you can do at the D&R Canal State Park.
A scenic overpass across the Millstone River bridging River Road and Canal Road. Restroom open seasonally June–September.