Girdling the waist of New Jersey like a shimmering sash is a historical and natural wonder whose fame is long overdue.
It is the Delaware & Raritan Canal. It was the busiest and most important canal that most people never heard of and is now the busiest state park and longest bike trail that many people don't know.
Sometimes called the "mystery canal" because few documents survive of its building and century of service, the D&R Canal is finally getting some respect. This summer, a series of anniversary programs will promote the canal credited with bringing the Industrial Revolution to New Jersey and the unique park it has become.