Monroe Township Bikeway

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The Monroe Township Bikeway is a 6.36-mile connection between the suburban communities of Glassboro and Williamstown. In Glassboro the trail passes through the dense forest of the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area and then transitions through quiet residential neighborhoods and community open spaces. The trail follows the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line that served the New Jersey shore points of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May. The Seashore Line did not follow a stream valley like so many eastern rail corridors; the result is a trail that is arrow-straight for long distances.

Beginning in Glassboro the trail cuts east and passes a few commercial and industrial properties before it enters a hardwood forest within the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The heavy tree canopy helps keep this section of the trail cooler during summer. The forest thins out to a single-file line of trees on both sides before crossing Monroe Avenue. After the street crossing, the trail returns to a heavily wooded forest for the next 1.5 miles.

The Monroe Township Bikeway emerges from the forest at the edge of a residential neighborhood. The route becomes more open, as it passes residential neighborhoods for about 0.5 mile before returning to forested shade. After crossing North Tuckahoe Road, you pass the Williamstown Middle School complex, with ball fields and a football stadium. The trail crosses Clayton Road and runs parallel to Railroad Avenue for a short distance, and you pass community ball fields.

The trail reaches an unassuming end at Blue Bell Road across the street from the Williamstown Police Station. A plaque at the Williamstown end of the bikeway designates it as the George F. McDonald Sr. Memorial Bike Path. McDonald served as mayor of Williamstown from 1975 to 1978. A convenience store at the end of the trail is perfect for stocking up on refreshments before returning to Glassboro.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Williamstown Middle School (561 Clayton Road) on the east end of the trail.

Reviews

osborn2ride

   July, 2014 by laretha

I did this trail and the Elephant trail on my trap over from Wilmington De. What a nice ride this was. I was on my trusted Mt Bike with a Town & Country tire. This is a family friendly trail with a few road crossings, most have signs telling you to walk ...read more

short but sweet

   April, 2014 by scibek

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Sunday Link

   March, 2014 by thoma

The Monroe trail is part of my Sunday loop from Blackwood. The path is wide enough and the shade cover path is a welcome encounter for me on hot Sunday afternoons. Throw in a refresher stop at Heritages and the Monroe trail makes for a nice addition to ...read more