This trail is much better suited to walking than to biking. It provides excellent access to the Pequest River which is stocked with trout. Not all of the bridges across the river have been decked and consist only of the original railroad ties. At the eastern end of the trail in Buttzville at the intersection of US Route 46 and NJ Route 31 is an interesting configuration of two abandoned railroad bridges one passing over the other. Accessing the old rail bed at this location requires a hike down a steep embankment from the parking area. The trail parallels US Route 46 Between NJ Route 31 and Pequest Furnace Road, two rail lines ran parallel to each other, one low along the banks of the Pequest River and the other further up the hillside. Just before Pequest Furnace Road the upper line turned off to the south. A portion of this line is now the Oxford Bikeway. There are remnants of several old abutments on the west side of Pequest Furnace Road. The bridge crossing the Pequest River at this location is decked. There is a large parking area on the east side of Pequest Furnace Road. A diversion along the trail is the State of New Jersey's Pequest Trout Hatchery where there are exhibits and a network of hiking trails. Parking is available at this location as well. The eastern end of the trail is at Pequest Road in Townsbury.
Parking and Trail Access
From Interstate 80, take Exit 19, New Jersey Rout 517. Proceed south towards Hackettstown. In Hackettstown turn right onto US Route 46. In Buttzville at the intersection of Route 31 there is a dirt parking area on the right. A path leads down to the rail bed. Better parking and trail access is available further east on US 46 at Pequest Furnace Road or the Pequest Trout hatchery.
"It's been almost three years since my last trip to the Pequest WMA trail. Its former state was the reason for the lapse. The trail is now a trail! It has been completely cleared of all vegetation, ties and rails. It is now an excellent trail with two ...
" The only parking area for this trail is just off Rte 46 at the entrance to the Pequest Hatchery, just before crossing the Pequest River. The trail goes north of here for just over 1 mile, but is mostly overgrown. The section immediately south is densely ...