Monroe Township Bikeway
Great for a family ride up to competitive traing.
5/25/2012 11:46:08 AM
I’ve logged hundreds of miles on this trail. This trail is all paved asphalt and well maintained. At 6.5 miles each way, it’s one of the longest off-road paved trails in the State, if not the longest. The trail is marked every .25 miles with a line and the distance from the beginning point in Monroe Township. If you begin the trail from Monroe Township, there is plenty of parking in the Municipal Lot. If you begin in Glassboro, you will be parking in a dirt lot. Starting from the Monroe Township side, the trail will begin directly next to the Heritage’s Dairy store. The trail is very open as you pass by the little league fields, a tomato sauce packing facility Richman’s Ice Cream and the Williamstown Middle School. At about 1.25 miles in the trail get canopied by trees protecting you from the harsh sunlight. Be prepared - you are now traveling through the swampy area and there are plenty of tiny bugs all around you, so wear sunglasses or eyewear. At about around the 5.25 mile marker you will come to a stop sign. Directly on your right will be Moore Avenue. Directly on your left is an entry point to the Glassboro Wildlife Management Area. It is nearly 3,000 acres of protected land and has dirt trails which run throughout. The dirt roads are well maintained and are safe for a Hybrid tires. Continuing on the paved trail Monroe Trail, it will end at Delsea Drive. If you look to your left there is a Rita’s Water Ice. That provides a nice break for water ice or a pretzel.
This is also an incredible ride to do at night, as this trail does not close. Provided you are wearing clear eye wear and have front and rear lights on your bike you will be fine. If not, the ride is pitch black because even the moonlight doesn’t shine through the trees. You will get to hear all of nature and see the animals very close to you. It is not uncommon to see deer crossing within feet of your bike, or just standing there watching you.
Elephant Swamp Trail
Great scenery but poor markings and surface conditions
5/21/2012 12:46:22 PM
I did this ride with my 9 year old son. The scenery on this trail is great. You pass through the swamps and over creeks. You are almost always shaded by the trees. There are plenty of park benches along the way if you want to stop and relax. The roads you cross over have very little traffic so you can cross feeling safe. Two bad things about the trail - 1. the riding conditions are difficult in some areas thanks to the people with ATV's tearing up the gravel and packed dirt road. As a result, many portions of the gravel portion where rocks were packed in are now loose and difficult to travel over. 2. You have to be very perceptive to where the trail crosses over. At some points may think the trail is ending, but it really crosses over and may change to a dirt.gravel or grass path. For me, the most difficult spot to follow the trail was going North at Railroad Avenue and Route 538. A local resident showed me that you go through the parking lot, cross the street, cross over about 150 feet of grass and then re-enter the path on a grass path between the woods. There's also a crossover at the Monroeville Fire Company that you have to go through their parking lot and to the left rear of the property to continue. Bottom line - start the trail at an end point and use your GPS to track how far you went. If you are stopping before you hit about 5.4 miles then the trail still continues.