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  • Atlantic County Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 7.56 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 7.5-mile Atlantic County Bikeway offers a relaxing escape from the crush of traffic surrounding Atlantic City, the beachfront gaming and resort town. The trail is situated 9 miles west of Atlantic City, near the nexus of the heavily traveled ...
  • Barnegat Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 9.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder

    The Barnegat Branch Trail will eventually travel nearly 16 miles from Barnegat Township to Toms River on the abandoned Barnegat Branch Division of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Currently, 3 disconnected segments of trail have been completed ...
  • Bayshore Trail (Henry Hudson Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Sand

    NOTE: The Bayshore Trail is currently open, however, storm damage has made trail conditions primitive with wet and muddy patches. Users should exercise caution and watch for construction vehicles in some locations. See the Monmouth County Park ...
  • Bedminster Hike and Bikeway

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 2.8-mile eastern phase of the Bedminster Hike and Bikeway allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely traverse part of Bedminster Township by crossing over I-287 and US 206/202 via a series of three bridges. The trail runs between The Hills ...
  • Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder

    The Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail passes through hardwood forests and affords views of the valley below to the right. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ DEP for a fee. What is now the trail was ...
  • Black River County Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    In the mid 1800s Chester, New Jersey, was the home of the iron ore industry; railroads shipped the ore all over the county. With the end of the industry, however, the rail lines were abandoned, turned into trails, and the area is now managed ...
  • Black River Wildlife Management Area Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    This trail goes through the Black River Wildlife Management area along streambeds and forest. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ DEP for a fee. The trail follows the right-of-way of the former Chester Branch ...
  • Boulevard Trolley Line Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    This 2.1-mile long paved path runs directly adjacent to (about 30-40 feet off of) the Boulevard in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and follows the exact route of a former trolley line operated by the Morris County Traction Company. While more similar ...
  • Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    This is a pleasant, flat trail that parallels the Capoolong Creek.
  • Cold Spring Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.72 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially opened the Cold Spring Bike Path in Lower Township on December 4, 2002. The 2.72-mile bike path runs from Sandman Boulevard to Sally Marshall Crossing in Atlantic Electric's right-of-way ...
  • Columbia Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Columbia Trail strings together forests, farms and parklands as it stretches 15 miles among the small towns of High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley and Washington. Most of the corridor parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River. After ...
  • Cooper River Park

    State: NJ
    Length: 5.15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 346-acre Cooper River Park is found on both the north and south shores of Cooper River Lake. The urban park offers bike and pedestrian paths, as well as other recreational facilities. There is a 3.8-mile loop from Cuthbert to Route 130 and ...
  • Corson's Inlet Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.33 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Corson's Inlet Rail-Trail begins at the parking lot off County 619 (by the bridge) in Corson's Inlet State Park and runs for a short distance across the upper dunes above the beach. There are plans to extend the trail a short distance farther ...
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 68 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Note: Periodically parts of the trail become impassable from floods and other damage. For updates on trail conditions, visit the Canal State Park website. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail follows the towpath of the canal, which ...
  • Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway packs enough history, scenery and activity in its 5.2 miles for an all-day adventure. Manasquan cyclist Edgar Felix lobbied his town to acquire a portion of the inactive Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad ...
  • Elephant Swamp Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Gravel, Sand

    The Elephant Swamp Trail is built on top of the former railroad bed that once ran from Glassboro to Bridgeton, NJ. Elk Township maintains the easement through Elephant Swamp, and the trail passes among streams, wetlands and farm fields from ...
  • Estell Manor Park Trails

    State: NJ
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Dirt, Sand

    Estell Manor Park, 3.5 miles south of Mays Landing, New Jersey, has an extensive system of trails for mountain biking, hiking and walking, and includes a 1.8-mile, fully accessible boardwalk that takes visitors through wetlands and coastal forest ...
  • Freedom Trail Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Freedom Trail Bikeway will eventually be a 10-mile route linking parks and open spaces throughout South Brunswick Township in northern New Jersey. The trail follows a former rail line through woodlands, wetlands, and neighborhoods. Currently, ...
  • Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail, formerly known as the Blackwood Railroad Trail, is a paved bicycle/pedestrian path in Blackwood, Gloucester Township. The bikeway is constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way and connects ...
  • Great Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Great Valley Rail Trail, built on the former Lehigh & New England Railroad, offers an unpaved, natural experience through quiet woodlands between the townships of Hampton and Frankford. Although only 3.5 miles long, the rail-trail connects ...
  • Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

    This trail is in an area rich in geological history. Zinc and Iron Ores were transported along this branch from mines in the area that operated for over 200 years. The trail is scenic with a slight uphill climb. In Ogdensburg you can experience ...
  • Henry Hudson Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel, Sand

    NOTE: A section of trail from Popamora Point to the Atlantic Highlands Marina has been reopened after storm damage, but the trail is primitive in this section and there may be icy, wet, or muddy conditions. Please also watch for construction ...
  • Historic Smithville Park Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Historic Smithville is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. From its beginnings as a small mill town on the Rancocas Creek, Smithville became one of New Jersey's major woodworking industrial areas between the 1860s ...
  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is a 1.5 mile walkway along the bank of the Hudson River in Jersey City. The walkway offers stunning views of Manhattan as well as access to a number of ferries and hotels.
  • John N. Balis Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.51 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The John N. Balis Bikeway is a half mile paved trail along a former rail corridor that now serves as an electrical transmission right of way in the suburban community of Runnemede. The southern end of the trail begins at the northeast corner ...
  • Johnson Trolley Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Johnson Trolley Line has two sections, north and south, which are split by Interstate 95; there is talk of building an overpass to link the two segments. The Trenton-Princeton Traction Company ran the old trolley, known as the "Fast Line," ...
  • Karamac Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Dirt

    The Karamac Trail is a short walking trail that starts under the Interstate 80 bridge on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The trail follows an old railroad right-of-way; there is a railroad mile marker just a few yards from the southern ...
  • Kingston Branch Loop Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Kingston Branch Loop Trail is a trip up one side and down the other of the scenic tree-lined Delaware and Raritan Canal. The eastern half of the loop follows the bed of the Rocky Hill Railroad and Transportation Company, which began operation ...
  • Landsdown Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Landsdown Trail runs 1.8 miles between Lower Landsdown Road and W. Main in Clinton. The trail passes among open fields, woodlands and wetlands and provides access to the South Branch of the Raritan River for those wishing to drop a line ...
  • Lawrence Hopewell Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 17.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    Lawrence Hopewell Trail currently runs for 17 miles on public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell townships, about five miles north of Trenton. Trail planners hope to complete the trail, which will form a 22-mile loop, in 2014. The ...
  • Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

    The system of trails in Loantaka Brook Reservation are open to hikers, cyclists and equestrians, although the trails are marked as to which uses are permitted on each segment. Loantaka Brook Reservation has four distinct areas: Seaton Hackney ...
  • Merchantville Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Merchantville Bike Path is a short, paved trail in Merchantville Borough. For more information, contact the borough at 856-662-2474, extension 101.
  • Middle Township Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Middle Township Bike Path runs for 4 miles, between Cape May County Park and the community of Whitesboro. Along the way, trail-goers can access the park’s zoo, Atlantic Cape Community College, Davies Sports Complex, and the 4-H Fairgrounds. One ...
  • Middlesex Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 3.5-mile Middlesex Greenway connects the towns of Edison, Metuchen, and Woodbridge in northeastern New Jersey. The paved pathway, which follows the route of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad freight line, is part of the East Coast Greenway, ...
  • Monroe Township Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 6.36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Monroe Township Bikeway is a 6.36-mile connection between the suburban communities of Glassboro and Williamstown. In Glassboro the trail passes through the dense forest of the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area and then transitions ...
  • Morris Canal

    State: NJ
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    In the early 1830s the Morris Canal opened across northern New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Newark, and later to Jersey City on the Hudson River. It provided a thoroughfare for the county's farm products to reach metropolitan ...
  • Ocean City Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Ocean City Bike Path offers a short, paved route through the center of Ocean City and allows visitors a glimpse into the history of this interesting seaside town. The trail parallels Haven Avenue and, north of its end at 25th Street, bicyclists ...
  • Ogden Mine Railroad Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    This trail is located in the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation which is a unit of the Morris County Park Commission. The trail follows an abandoned railroad bed through hardwood forests, past ponds, swamps and wetlands. At the southern end, the trail ...
  • Oxford Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Oxford Bikeway is a .9 mile long pave trail constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The trail can be accessed at three points. To the north the trail ends at Pequest Road, however there is no place to park a car at this location. ...
  • Parkside Trail (Camden Greenways)

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Parkside Trail is a just tiny segment of the larger Camden Greenways, a proposed system of trails currently under construction. When complete, the greenway will follow along a portion of the Delaware River, Cooper River and Newtown Creek ...
  • Patriots' Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 35 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Patriots' Path covers roughly 35 miles of terrain and is open to mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hiking. The multi-use trails links parks, open space, recreational facilities, historic sites and other points of ...
  • Paulinskill Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 27 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

    For a dose of rural scenery, head to the northwest corner of New Jersey, where this 27-mile rail-trail cuts a nearly uninterrupted path along the banks of the Paulins Kill, a Delaware River tributary that gives the trail its name. (Kill is from ...
  • Pemberton Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Located about 25 miles east of Philadelphia, the Pemberton Rail-Trail is an excellent example of grassroots activism resulting in the creation of a community-based rail-trail. The Pemberton Rotary Club was largely responsible for creating the ...
  • Pequest Wildlife Management Area Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

    This trail is much better suited to walking than to biking. It provides excellent access to the Pequest River which is stocked with trout. Not all of the bridges across the river have been decked and consist only of the original railroad ties. ...
  • Pleasantville to Somers Point Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 7.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This is a true community trail: four small cities are tied together by this 6.5-mile corridor, each maintaining their short section and calling it a different name. Starting in Somers Point, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, a large, bright ...
  • Port Norris Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    This community trail begins at the intersection of Main and Pearl streets in the town of Port Norris, near the mouth of the Maurice River. It connects Port Norris with Bivalve. At one time the area was a center for the oystering industry. The ...
  • Ramsey Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Ramsey Bike Path is a recreational path built on the former Paterson to Suffern trolley line right-of-way. The path extends along a north-south route from one end of Ramsey to the other. Restaurants and shopping within walking distance from ...
  • Randolph Trails

    State: NJ
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Randolph Trail system covers 16 miles of pathways through five parks, the Clyde Potts Reservoir watershed and 2,000 acres of pristine open space. The trails link schools and neighborhoods and also connect to Patriots' Path at Combs Hollow ...
  • Saddle River Area Bike Path - Bergen County

    State: NJ
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Saddle River Area Bike Path in Bergen County stretches for nearly 6 miles along a 577-acre linear park system that hugs the banks of the Saddle River and its tributaries. There are actually five park areas linked by the multi-use path, which ...
  • Sandy Hook Multi-Use Pathway

    State: NJ
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The multi-use pathway spanning the length of New Jersey's Sandy Hook peninsula offers beautiful views of the ocean, as well as shady sections through maritime forest. A bird observatory and wildlife observation decks along the way allow you ...
  • Seashore Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Dirt

  • Stockton Station Park Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short Stockton Station Rail-Trail runs through a city park in Camden between Westfield Avenue and Pleasant Street. The path follows an old railroad corridor, and the park itself was once the site of an apartment complex.
  • Sussex Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Sussex Branch Trail got its start in the late 1840s as the narrow-gauge, mule-drawn Sussex Mine Railroad, whose primary purpose was hauling iron ore from the mines in Andover to Waterloo Village on the Morris Canal. The railroad was eventually ...
  • Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway

    State: NJ
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    DESCRIPTION: The Created by Union Forge Heritage Association in 2007,Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway is a 7 mile trail that winds its way through High Bridge criss-crossing a number of historical sites and beautiful scenery. This is ...
  • Thomas F. Hampton Trail (Crossley Preserve Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Sand

    The 1.5-mile Thomas F. Hampton Trail was for a past executive director of the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust. Now an interpretive nature hike, the trail occupies the former rail bed of part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In the 1800s, Crossley ...
  • Traction Line Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In June 1986, the Morris County Park Commission dedicated this recreation trail that runs parallel to the New Jersey Transit Line railroad tracks. The path utilizes a little over three miles of right-of-way that might have been an overgrown, ...
  • Trolley Line Trail (NJ)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Trolley Line Trail is a 2.5 mile paved pathway between Rabbit Hill Road and Penn Lyle Road in West Windsor. The trail is on the right of way of the former Fast Line electric trolley that connected Trenton and New Brunswick in the early 20th ...
  • Union Transportation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Union Transportation Trail runs for 4 miles between Millstream Road and Davis Station Road; it's the County's second rail-trail, accommodating equestrians, hikers, walkers, joggers and cyclists. When complete, the trail will cover 8.6 miles ...
  • United States Avenue Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    United States Avenue Trail, which is also know locally as the "Green Trail" travels through a primarily wooded landscape between Foster Avenue and Egg Harbor Road in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. At the Foster Avenue end, the trail starts in front ...
  • West Essex Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 2.84 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Gravel

    The West Essex Trail follows a short distance (just under 3 miles) of the former rail bed of the Caldwell Branch on the old Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The trail runs between the Essex–Passiac county line in Little Falls and Arnold Way in Verona. ...
  • Wharton Rail-Trail (part of Patriots' Path)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    A short rail trail with two covered bridges occupying a portion of the former Mount Hope Mineral Railroad right-of-way in Wharton, NJ. In the future this trail will be linked with the Rockaway Township segment of the Patriots' Path.
  • Wildwood Crest Bike Path

    State: NJ
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Wildwood Crest Bike Path is a one-mile bike path that runs along the beach from East Cresse Avenue to East Rambler Road.
  • Wood Duck Nature Trail (Wallkill River NWR)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The Wood Duck Nature Trail, appropriately named for the secretive duck, was made possible through the hard work and dedication of refuge volunteers. This beautiful trail now extends about 1.5 miles on a former railroad bed ending at the Wallkill ...
  • Woodbine Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Woodbine Railroad Trail occupies the right-of-way of a former Pennsylvania and Reading railroad line. For more information contact the Borough of Woodbine at 609-861-2153.

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