DeMott Lane Footbridge

This entrance is convenient to the Quailbrook section of Somerset. The actual entrance is a wooden footbridge across the canal. Footbridge at DeMott Lane over Delaware and Raritan Canal to the towpath
Footbridge to the towpath at DeMott Lane
The footbridge is located at the end of a single lane paved access road. The access road, a northern continuation of DeMott Lane, is shared with the Van Wickle House, built in 1722 and now owned by The Meadows Foundation. The access road also marks the eastern border of the athletic fields of Rutgers Prep, a private school (pre-K-12).

Note: The footbridge was washed out on Sunday, August 28, 2011, due to the flooding following Hurricane Irene. A replacement project was announced in June, 2012. Towpathguy no longer lives in the area so please provide progress reports.

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On a bike or in a car the best way to get to the access road is to come down DeMott Lane and just go straight -- use the middle lane (marked as a left-turn lane). From Easton Avenue westbound (towards 287) turn right at the light. If you miss the turn, go past Rutgers Prep and use the jug-handle at Willow to make a u-turn and follow the instructions in the next sentence. From Easton Avenue eastbound (towards New Brunswick) take the jug-handle at DeMott. Turn left at DeMott and enter the access road from the middle lane. There is a sign "Towpass Access" at the Easton Avenue end of the access road. The sign is attached to the bottom of the sign for The Meadows.

There is a sidewalk/bikepath on the south side of Easton Avenue. DeMott Lane is rideable and on the west side of the street there is a sidewalk/bikepath from Amwell Road which, unfortunately, ends about 100 yards short of Easton Avenue.

There is angle parking at the end of the access road for about 8-9 cars and more parking at the Van Wickle House, just to the right.

Finally, in the canal to the right of the footbridge is a small floating dock. This makes a good spot for launching a kayak or canoe. Now (Sept., 2008), the floating dock is loose at one end and is a little difficult to reach -- the D&R Canal office has been notified and will send a repair team.

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