This is a true community trail: four small cities are tied together by this 6.5-mile corridor, each maintaining their short section and calling it a different name. Starting in Somers Point, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, a large, bright sign welcomes you to the Somers Point Bike Path. The trail then heads north through Linwood, Northfield and Pleasantville. Atlantic City is about a dozen miles northeast, and the area leans toward an urban setting. Frequent street crossings require caution.
Most of the trail travels through residential neighborhoods and the schools, parks and playing fields in between. Students use the path as a safe walking route between home and school. Residents of the trail's neighborhoods frequently walk it for exercise or take their babies for a ride along in strollers. Lightly traveled neighborhood roadsand busier Shore Road to the eastparallel much of the bike path, so a meal is never far away. A few short wooded sections provide a change of pace from the residential neighborhoods that make up most of the path's viewscape.
From the municipal building in Somers Point, at the intersection of West New Jersey Avenue and 1st Street, the bike path heads north, parallel to 1st Street and passing areas of primarily commercial properties. Beyond Maryland Avenue the area on each side of the bike path is primarily residential.
Just after passing over Ocean Avenue, the bike path enters Linwood (and is occasionally called the Linwood Bike Path), which consists primarily of residential neighborhoods. The bike path takes the center of a wide median that divides Wabash Avenue; the eastern side is one way north and the western side is one way south.
The bike path enters Northfield just before crossing Oakhurst Avenue. More residential neighborhoods flank the path. A large recreational complex provides ample parking, trailside, between West Devonshire and Edgewood avenues.
Enter Pleasantville, the most urban of the communities, after passing over West Ridgewood Avenue. The trail continues to West Decatur Avenue and extends across the inactive railroad bridge that crosses the Black Horse Pike. After crossing the Black Horse Pike on the railroad bridge, the trail extends another .75 miles along an active rail line to Devins Lane.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach Somers Point from US 322/40 (Black Horse Pike), take US 9/New Road South 2.2 miles. Turn left on West Mill Road. Turn right on Shore Road and go 4.3 miles. Turn right onto West New Jersey Avenue. Turn right onto 1st Avenue. Parking is on the right.
To reach Pleasantville, US 322/40 (Black Horse Pike) in town becomes West Verona Avenue. Turn right onto South Main Street. Proceed one block and turn right onto Decatur Avenue. There is limited curbside parking.