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 Atlantic City Expressway and the Garden State Parkway. Quieter two-lane roads paralleling each end of the bikeway provide convenient trail access.
Wide swaths of mowed grass flank the clean, well-designed trail. Strategically planted trees provide a welcome buffer from the roads, and the 15 secondary road crossings are clearly marked for trail users and motorists. The trail periodically curves around utility poles, incorporating overhead electric lines into the design.
Starting at the Shore Mall, the trail passes through a corridor of trees. About 0.5 mile from the start, the trail runs between Reega Avenue to the north and West Jersey Avenue to the south. The adjoining landscape is a mixture of residential neighborhoods and undeveloped woodlands. A few benches make great rest spots, but places to stock up on supplies are scarce. Be sure to bring your own food and water.
Parking and Trail Access
The eastern trailhead is at the north side of the Shore Mall parking lot. From Atlantic City follow SR 322/40 (Black Horse Pike) west toward the Garden State Parkway. Cross under the parkway and turn left into the Shore Mall. Turn right and follow the outside lane of the parking lot to the north side and look for designated Atlantic County Bikeway parking.
The western section of the trail lies between the east- and west-running sides of Atlantic Avenue. The trailhead is between Atlantic Avenue and at the intersection of 19th Street. Follow Atlantic Avenue west to reach the trailhead. Parking is available on the south side of the 19th and Atlantic intersection.
There is additional parking just east of Mays Landing at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and English Creek Avenue.
A great, straight trail that's very well maintained. A lot of crossroads, but only one that I'd consider "serious" with a lot of traffic, and that's at English Creek Road. Just follow the light signals and you'll be fine. The others are mostly entrance ...
There are many local cross streets on this trail, so keep an eye out. Some of the approaches to these streets are on a bit of an incline, so that would hope to slow you down. I do believe that the trail will gradually find its way westward little by little; ...
Very nice trail, hope it gets extended east and west
This trail is a prototypical New Jersey cyclng experience, an arrow-straight shot through pine trees and marshlands. It provides a very nice corridor of quietude in a busy region. That same quality, as noted in another review, means it's bereft of any ...