Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway

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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 for a trail. The first 2 miles of the bikeway opened in 1971, and in 2006 the trail became the first dedicated segment of the 55-mile Capital to Coast multiuse trail that will span New Jersey from Trenton to the beach community of Manasquan.

Heading west from Manasquan—a mere 2 miles from the Atlantic coast—the trail passes residential neighborhoods before arriving at Orchard Park recreation complex. There is limited parking for trail users adjacent to the park.

After crossing SR 35, the trail is flanked by less densely populated residential areas and commercial enterprises. A 2-mile connecting trail on the north side of the bikeway provides a rolling, winding side trip to the Wall Township Municipal Complex.

After passing under SR 34, the trail surroundings become more rural, with deeper forests and open fields. Beyond Ramshorn Drive lies Allenwood and a welcoming general store with refreshments and trailside tables. Two consecutive pedestrian bridges leapfrog trail users over the roaring eight-lane Garden State Parkway. Then the trail transitions back into open farmland followed by a golf course and driving range.

The trail ends at Allaire State Park, where a world of diversions await: tour historical Allaire Village for a look at a 19th-century iron-making community or hop a ride on the antique cars of the steam-powered Pine Creek Railroad. The park provides additional hiking and biking trails, plus campsites if you need a little more time before rolling back to modern times on the Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trail in Manasquan, take the Garden State Parkway to SR 34 South. When you reach the traffic circle, take the third exit for SR 524 East. Turn right on North Main Street in Manasquan; a municipal parking lot is on the left. The trail begins across the street from the parking lot.

From the Garden State Parkway, take the exit for New Jersey Route 138 East. Turn right onto Allenwood Road. Turn left onto 18th Avenue. Turn right onto Balleys Corner Road. Turn left onto Allaire Road (County Road 524). The entrance to the municipal complex is the first left.

To access the trail from Allaire State Park, from I-195, take the exit for SR 547 and Allaire State Park. Proceed north and turn right on SR 524 toward Allaire State Park. Turn right on the park entrance road for the park office. The trail begins in the northeast corner of the large parking lot on the left.

Contact:
Town of Manasquan
201 East Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
732-223-0544
www.manasquan-nj.com

Reviews

Great for singles

   June, 2014 by teejan

I love this bike path, I usually ride alone, a single woman, and never feel un-safe. There are a few inclines, but not huge long hills, there are only a few places where you have to cross a road and the scenery is beautiful, a 10 in my book read more

What a nice ride

   April, 2014 by gwitherow

I hadn't ridden in a while, and this was the ideal trail to start on. We started in Allaire State Park. The asphalt surface made the ride a lot smoother. There are plenty of benches along the way to take a little break, which was very welcome for my first ...read more

Excellent family trail, lots of options

   January, 2014 by jhayes7974

We generally start in Allaire State Park, but during the summer will park in one of the many lots along Rt. 524 (to avoid the park fee). You can still ride into the park. As you head south, you can take the Wall Twp. bike path, which ends at the Wall ...read more