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Explore the best rated trails in Scotch Plains, NJ, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Timp-Torne Trail and Heritage Trail (NY) . With more than 128 trails covering 959 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Pennypack Trail

Overall very good trail but an exception…

May, 2024 by carlschrass_tl

This is, generally, an enjoyable ride, an unexpected green oasis in a congested urban landscape. However, at the southern end, between Torresdale Av. and State Rd., the trail is in pretty poor condition, especially in the amount of mud that has been allowed to accumulate on it. That stretch just projects an indifference on the part of the city to what was a really nice civic resource when it first opened.

Old Putnam Trail

Short ride through Van Cortlandt Park.

May, 2024 by steve.schwinn

Road this fully paved trail, known as the Putnam Greenway in Van Cortlandt Park, in connection with the South County Trailway as an out-and-back starting from the Tarrytown Lakes Park Parking Lot on Neperan Road (1 mile connector trail to the junction of the North and South County Trailways). About a 35 mile round-trip. Trail is in very good shape but a bit narrow considering it’s busy with runners and walkers, especially on weekends. Be sure to check out the very impressive Grand Central Stones along the way.
Part of the Empire State Trail.

South County Trailway

Great trail with seamless trail connections at both ends!

May, 2024 by steve.schwinn

Road this fully paved trail in connection with the Old Putnam Trail (also known as the Putnam Greenway) as an out-and-back from the Tarrytown Lakes Park Parking Lot on Neperan Road (1 mile connector trail to the junction of the North and South County Trails) to the south end of Van Cortlandt Park. About a 35 mile round-trip. Trail is in very good shape with only a few root heaves. Note that the Old Putnam Trail is significantly narrower and busy with runners and walkers, especially on weekends.

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Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

terrible trail

May, 2024 by ktrischitta

The most unkempt trail I’ve ever ridden. This trail is not maintained at all and after the first 4-5 miles it turns into a completely overgrown trail that no one would find a joy to ride. Whoever is in charge of this trail should resign!! Worst ever…don’t waste your time!!

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

great view the whole time

May, 2024 by smashwin111

This and the Erie Path on the other side of the river are relatively flat, and I rode both easily on a hybrid. The view on either side of the river is really nice the whole time, because your are just elevated enough to see the river clearly the whole time. Also Tarrytown is a nice stop. I did this in two legs - Yonkers to Tarrytown, and Tarrytown to Croton Reservoir. The reservoir at the end is a nice destination.

Henry Hudson Trail

Great Views

May, 2024 by jorgeosoria

I completed 26 miles this morning with beautiful views of the jersey shore..Trail is paved and can be completed on a road bike. Trail splits twice and it is quite confusing as to where the trail picks up again. Make sure you have you phone for map details or plan ahead. Other than that a nice trail.

Bronx River Greenway

Almost perfect for cyclist

May, 2024 by toddwrobinson_tl

We started in Bronxville and the beginning of the trail was a bit "annoying" with a bunch of people walking. We weren't sure if we would enjoy this trail...boy did that change. The trail to Kensico Dam was full of surprises, the good kind. A bunch of twist and turns with some fun hills. We'll be going back! We grabbed some sandwiches in Bronxville (Lange's Delicatessen) after our ride before heading home. A perfect day, 24 miles roundtrip.

Plainfield Township Recreation Trail

Nice Trail, well maintained

May, 2024 by llchips7

This was a well maintained trail with sprinkled with many benches throughout the route. The trail is mostly paved except for a mile of the northern most section. Many scenic bridges across the creek.

D&L Trail

D & L from Jim Thorpe

April, 2024 by bsnicholson63

Rode 10 miles north from Jim Thorpe parking lot today. Very nice ride along the Lehigh River. Parking lot was 2/3rds full so easy to off load bikes and pay the $8 at the kiosk. Trail is well marked and easy to navigate. The only issue is the compacted stone has turned into several inches of loose sand in some areas. Between miles posts 110-112 it was most noticeable. My wife and I have regular 2 inch mountain bike/cruiser tires, so the sand slowed us down but did not stop us. Roadbikers may have more trouble. All in all it is a great section and worth Another vists. And some really nice old trains to He k out.

Wharton Rail-Trail (part of Patriots' Path)

looked good

April, 2024 by bc27b4z4qh

It looked good but there was no way to park and use the trail. ¿

D&L Trail

Narrow Gorge with Lovely Waterfalls

April, 2024 by aguttell

Truly a magical and wonderful place.

The wide crushed stone trail is nestled on a shelf between the Lehigh River and the vertical gorge wall of red/purple/brown shale and sandstone. The rushing river alternates between white water and calmer sections. North of Rockport, there are a number of remnants of the locks that were built with the local rock during the industrial revolution. The vertical gorge wall is exposed rock in many parts and covered with mountain laurel in others. The wider sections of the valley are forested with hemlock and hardwoods. Throughout the entire trail waterfalls and rushing streams cascade down the gorge wall and into the river. Even during the this rainy spring, the trail was puddle and mud free and in great condition from Glen Onoko to White Haven.

Thompson Park Trails

Moderately Sized Park

April, 2024 by z4g9gshqpr

Good for a light ride but better suited for runners and walkers. Excellent spot for children learning to bike.

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