Henry Hudson Trail

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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 vehicles as adjacent neighbors have been granted permission to use them on the trail to repair their storm-damaged property. Visit the Monmouth County Park System website for updates on the repair work.

The 22-mile trail traverses a relatively flat grade, traveling through a varied urban and natural environment. The tree-lined trail passes among wetlands, streams and fields and is divided into two sections: the northern and southern sections. The two sections are not yet linked but you can follow an on-road route to connect.

Northern Section: This section travels east to west, from the Aberdeen-Keyport border to the Middletown-Atlantic Highlands border. It roughly parallels Route 36 (to the north). Plans are underway to develop an on-street bicycle route that connects Popamora Point to the Highlands Bridge at Sandy Hook. In Atlantic Highlands, after a short gap, trail-goers will find the 2-mile, paved Bayshore Trail, stretching from Earle Pier east to Popamora Point, that is considered part of the Henry Hudson Trail system.

Southern Section: This section, referred to locally as the Monmouth Heritage Trail, runs approximately 5 miles from Freehold to Marlboro (at Stevenson Road near Big Brook Park) then picks up again at Station Road, about 1 mile north. From Station Road, the trail continues another few miles to Aberdeen at Church Street. This final section will eventually be linked to the northern portion of trail. As of now, an on-street bicycle route connects Church Street to the Matawan Train Station.

The trail is open from dawn to dusk. Dog must be on a leash. There is one restroom in Atlantic Highlands at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center on Route 36, open every day from 8 a.m. to 1/2-hour before dusk. There are no other restooms or water fountains on the trail itself.

Parking and Trail Access

Northern Section: Parking is available in five areas. 1) Aberdeen/Keyport, intersection of Gerard Avenue/Clark Street-Lloyd Road/Broadway; 2) Union Beach, Wilson Ave.-Morningside Ave.; 3) North Middleton, McMahon Park on Atlantic Avenue; 4) Atlantic Highlands at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Route 36, Leonardo (300 feet west of Avenue D); 5) Highlands, at Popamora Point, Shore Drive.

Southern Section: Parking is available in three areas. 1) Aberdeen/Keyport, intersection of Gerard Avenue/Clark Street-Lloyd Road/Broadway; 2) Matawan, Broad Street-Church Street; 3) Freehold, Dutch Lane Road. Another parking area will be added in Big Brook Park.

For more specific directions to each parking area, view a local county map of the trail at http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2525.


What a view although a but bumpy

   October, 2014 by scubamomnj

My husband and I also parked in the Gerard Avenue lot in Matawan and headed east. Parking was plentiful and there was a port-a-potty (in pretty bad shape) in the lot as well. We walked across the street and put on our rollerblades at the entrance of ...read more

An Absolute Gem

   September, 2014 by mikey710

I have the good fortune of living adjacent to one of the southern section's trailheads, so I get to use the HHT every day. The southern section is peaceful and shaded, passing through open fields and woods and across brooks and streams. Deer and rabbits ...read more


   September, 2014 by njviking

We started in Aberdeen and went to the end of the Bayshore trail. 28 mile round, we did a little site seeing. The Northern HHT is a little over 10 miles one way. After a couple side streets, that are well marked, you can continue your ride on the bayshore ...read more