The Landsdown Trail runs 1.8 miles between Lower Landsdown Road and W. Main in Clinton. The trail passes among open fields, woodlands and wetlands and provides access to the South Branch of the Raritan River for those wishing to drop a line (state license required). The trail runs through part of the South Branch Reservation, 1,000+ acres of wildlife habitat and recreation.
The trail follows part of an old rail corridor once used as a spur for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which was built in 1881. The line was mainly for passenger rail but goods such as graphite and milled grains were also transported through here. The old trail station at the northern end of the trail was converted into a lumber store.
Parking and Trail Access
There is no official trail parking in Clinton; use public parking. The trailhead is next to the lumber company. At the south end, park on Lower Landsdown Road. The park area is open from sunrise to sunset; no restroom facilities.
Nice ride and connects to Capoolong trail!
Wife and I took this trail on July 6th, then connected to Capoolong (take a google map printout blown up at the junction to be sure you can find it - Capoolong is not well marked at this trailhead.)
The trail passes pretty terrain, and is well maintained. ...
High and dry!
"I visited this trail following several days of steady rain in the area and was pleasantly surprised to find it completely dry. Many unpaved rail trails in Northern NJ get quite muddy at times; this one is a rare exception.
A designated trail users’ ...
New and nice!
"This trail was just opened in the last month. It is just under two miles long, and the surface is excellent for walking or bike riding. The surface is level hard-pack with some fine gravel on the surface. Areas through cuts have been trenched on both ...