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 to a sidewalk than a traditional off-road rail-trail, this path still provides an ideal surface and a safe alternative away from motor vehicles for walkers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters and the disabled.
In addition to being a great place to exercise, the path serves as a history tour. It has breathtaking views of the many Colonial, Georgian and Spanish-style homes which are on the Boulevard, many with lawns that reach back to the lakes that give the borough of Mountain Lakes its name.
The pathway is known as a cool place in the hot summer months, with its large old shade trees, along with towering rhododendrons and mountain laurel, offering plenty of shade.
Parking and Trail Access
From Rt. 80 West, get off at Cherry Hill Rd. Take that to Rt. 46 and go left (west). Go up to the second light and turn right. The trail starts at the first light across from the firehouse.
There is no dedicated parking area for trail users. Please park legally in parking lots or along side streets in the surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you.
Trail is actually 1.9 miles
Had a nice hour or so this Spring
My wife and I rode this "trail" in April this year. There is a playground halfway bordering a lake that you can visit. As others have said, its like a big sidewalk - that said we had a nice warmup and it was interesting.
David and Donna
"The paved surface of the Boulevard Trolley Line Path is quite smooth. I inline skate there year round, after the usual seasonal surface clean up. Note the big hill in the middle of the path. The many cross streets keeps one on their toes. It's an enjoyable ...