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 Manasquana mere 2 miles from the Atlantic coastthe 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.
Town of Manasquan
201 East Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
All Sandy downed trees gone now - open road!
I rode this trail today and I am happy to report that trees and other debris that blocked the path in the area between the Golf Course and Allaire State park have all been cleared. This trail is becoming my favorite among those I visited in New Jersey.
A winter ride
As of 1/27/2013 most of the Sandy Superstorm downed trees have been cleared. However there is one spot between Hospital Rd. and the golf course that is blocked by numerous trees and will require you to portage your bike over and around this spot. Biking ...
I rode this with my husband and 6-1/2-year-old twins. We started in Allaire State Park and rode all the way to Manasquan--there is a Dairy Queen just around the corner from this end of the trail, by the way, a nice place to stop for a breather--and back. ...