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Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail

2.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder

Columbia Trail

15 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cynwyd Heritage Trail

1.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

D&L Trail

144.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

73.6 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Gravity Trail

4.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Great Valley Trail

4.3 mi
State: NJ
Dirt, Grass

Lake Iliff Trail

1.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Lawrence Hopewell Trail

19.2 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Newtown Rail Trail

2.55 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pennypack Trail

16.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Perkiomen Trail

20.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Plainfield Township Recreation Trail

6.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Grass, Gravel

Power Line Trail (PA)

5.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Rim Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Saucon Rail Trail

6.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Schuylkill River Trail

82.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

South Bethlehem Greenway

1.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Struble Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Sussex Branch Trail

21.2 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Accordion

Tyler State Park Trails

10.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Warrington Township Multi-Use Trail

2.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt

Back Mountain Trail

5.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Bedminster Hike and Bikeway

6.53 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt

Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area

3.7 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Forks Township Recreation Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt

Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

5.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

31.3 mi
State: PA
Gravel

Landsdown Trail

1.8 mi
State: NJ
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Lehigh and New England Trail

2.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Luzerne County National Recreation Trail

1.8 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Concrete, Gravel

Morris Canal Greenway

4.1 mi
State: NJ
Dirt, Grass

Nor-Bath Trail

5.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Patriots' Path

35 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Paulinskill Valley Trail

27.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Radnor Trail

2.41 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Randolph Trails

16 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Tatamy Trail

6.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway

7 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Johnson Trolley Line Trail

3.3 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Pequest Wildlife Management Area Trail

4.2 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail

7.3 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Karamac Trail

1.5 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Dirt

Black River County Park Trail

2.3 mi
State: NJ
Dirt

State Game Lands 326 Trails

6.1 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail passes through hardwood forests and affords views of the valley below to the right. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ...
NJ 2.1 mi Ballast, Cinder
Overview The Columbia Trail has the distinction of being named for a natural gas pipeline that runs beneath the 15 miles of the trail that spans rural northern New Jersey. The crushed-stone trail...
NJ 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The Cynwyd Heritage Trail runs between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA’s) Cynwyd Station and Bala Cynwyd Park and also connects the historic West Laurel...
PA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Overview The D&L Trail runs for more than 140 miles through Eastern Pennsylvania, from just north of Philadelphia to Mountain Top in the Poconos Region. It follows historical canal and railroad...
PA 144.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Overview Spanning 73.6 miles, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is the longest completed multiuse trail in the state and is described by many as the crown jewel of New Jersey trails....
NJ 73.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Constructed in 2012, the Gravity Trail is one of the newer additions to the extensive network of trails and greenways that criss-cross the Greater Reading metro area. The trail's unusual name comes...
PA 4.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Great Valley Trail, built on the former Lehigh & New England Railroad, offers an unpaved, natural experience through quiet woodlands between the townships of Hampton and Frankford. Although...
NJ 4.3 mi Dirt, Grass
This is the first phase of the proposed Lehigh & Hudson River Rail Trail. The second phase will connect Hillside Park to Kittatinny Valley State Park. It is hoped that there will be an eventual...
NJ 1.1 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) offers more than 19 miles of pathway on a developing loop through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, about 5 miles north of Trenton. The...
NJ 19.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Newtown Rail Trail will one day stretch from the Fox Chase neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia to Newtown Borough, connecting Bucks and Montgomery Counties by trail. Along the way, the...
PA 2.55 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview     The Pennypack Trail travels through wooded parks on the outskirts of Philadelphia, following the wooded banks of Pennypack Creek to its mouth where it joins the expansive Delaware...
PA 16.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone
Closure Notice: Northern portions of the trail are closed due to flooding. Stay up to date on this closure by visiting the Montgomery County page.  Overview The Perkiomen Trail spans 20.6 miles...
PA 20.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
You’ve heard of the Steel Belt and the Sun Belt. The 6.7-mile Plainfield Township Recreation Trail passes through an area known as the Slate Belt. The quantity and quality of local slate made this...
PA 6.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Grass, Gravel
Overview The paved Power Line Trail carries users between residential neighborhoods, parks, schools, and other destinations in Horsham Township. The 5.5-mile utility easement trail also heads north...
PA 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Rim Trail offers a 2.2-mile route in Hibernia County Park, following a former railroad bed along the West Branch Branywine Creek. This southeastern Pennsylvania excursion is one of a handful of...
PA 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Saucon Rail Trail connects four communities: Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township, Upper Saucon Township, and Coopersburg. The trail has a slight 1% grade traveling from north to south and is easy for a...
PA 6.9 mi Crushed Stone
Overview Once an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River (pronounced skool-kl) corridor now accommodates...
PA 82.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The South Bethlehem Greenway is a linear park that follows a former Norfolk Southern rail line through the southern neighborhoods of Bethlehem. The paved pathway begins just north of Lehigh University...
PA 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Chester County Parks & Recreation Department opened this trail in 1979 on part of a former Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way. Today the 2.6-mile trail attracts more than 125,000 visitors each...
PA 2.6 mi Asphalt
Overview The Sussex Branch Trail is a 21.2-mile trail that runs between Branchville and Byram in northern New Jersey. Following a former railroad corridor, the surface of the unpaved trail is a mix...
NJ 21.2 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Accordion
Tyler State Park, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, covers over 1,700 acres on the grounds of an old farm in a charming woodland setting. The park features a network of interconnected trails,...
PA 10.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Warrington Township Multi-Use Trail spans nearly 3 miles on the west end of town. The trail is part of an effort to make the community more pedestrian-friendly, connecting major points of...
PA 2.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Wilkes-Barre and Harveys Lake Railroad—the rail corridor that is now the Back Mountain Trail—was acquired from lumber magnate Albert Lewis by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1887. Lumber, ice,...
PA 5.6 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The 6.53-mile eastern phase of the Bedminster Hike and Bikeway allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely traverse part of Bedminster Township by crossing over I-287 and US 206/202 via a...
NJ 6.53 mi Asphalt
Overview  The Black River Wildlife Management Area Trail runs for 4 miles through streambeds and forests of the Black River Wildlife Management Area. The straight multi-use trail offers access to...
NJ 4 mi Ballast
This pleasant, flat rail-trail parallels Capoolong Creek through the Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area for nearly 4 miles. The surface is varied, so the trail is best suited for hiking or...
NJ 3.7 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Forks Township Recreation Trail follows the an old right-of-way of the former Lehigh & New England Railroad. Starting at the trail's midpoint behind the Riverview Country Club in Easton, you'll...
PA 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Like so many trails in this area, the Great Hazleton Rails to Trails occupies the former corridor of a railroad line that supported the local coal mining industry. After a half century of disuse, the...
PA 5.6 mi Crushed Stone
Please note: With a surface of large-sized gravel, the trail is not recommended for road bikes nor mountain bikes with no suspension.  The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail runs nearly the length...
PA 31.3 mi Gravel
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...
NJ 1.8 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The beautiful Lehigh and New England trail is a short, crushed-stone trail that follows a section of the former Lehigh and New England Railroad corridor just south of Tamaqua in eastern Pennsylvania....
PA 2.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Tracing nearly two miles of riverfront, the Luzerne County National Recreation Trail (also known as the Luzerne County Rail Trail) will eventually form a 16-mile pathway along an active railway. Chain...
PA 1.8 mi Cinder, Concrete, Gravel
In the early 1830s the Morris Canal opened across northern New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Newark, and later to Jersey City on the Hudson River. It provided a thoroughfare for...
NJ 4.1 mi Dirt, Grass
In 2017 the borough of Northampton added a single mile of asphalt to the nearly 6-mile Nor-Bath Trail, effectively extending the use of the trail by more than 100 miles in eastern Pennsylvania by...
PA 5.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Palmer Township Recreation Trail (a.k.a. the Towpath Bike Trail) is a terrific community asset for Palmer and Bethlehem township residents and a great destination for visitors as well. Three modes...
PA 7.8 mi Asphalt
Overview The Patriots' Path covers roughly 35 miles of terrain and is open to mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hiking. The multi-use trails link parks, open spaces,...
NJ 35 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Paulinskill Valley Trail follows a creek by the same name through a section of rural New Jersey with a strong German influence. In fact, the word kill is Dutch for “riverbed or stream channel.”...
NJ 27.1 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
This 2.4-mile paved trail provides a quiet, scenic escape northwest of Philadelphia, from Encke Park at Radnor-Chester Road to the shopping center at Sugartown Road and Route 30. The trail travels...
PA 2.41 mi Asphalt
The Randolph Trail system covers 16 miles of pathways through five parks, the Clyde Potts Reservoir watershed and 2,000 acres of pristine open space. The trails link schools and neighborhoods and also...
NJ 16 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Tatamy Trail begins in West Easton and heads north to Tatamy Borough, primarily along a former railroad corridor. On its southern end, it meets the Palmer Township Recreation Trail, which connects the...
PA 6.6 mi Asphalt
DESCRIPTION: The Created by Union Forge Heritage Association in 2007,Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway is a 7 mile trail that winds its way through High Bridge criss-crossing a number of...
NJ 7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Johnson Trolley Line has two sections, north and south, which are split by Interstate 95. The Trenton-Princeton Traction Company ran the old trolley, known as the "Fast Line," through this...
NJ 3.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
NJ 4.2 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
The Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail passes through the rolling green hills of the Schuylkill River Valley, from just outside of Tamaqua to Middleport. The trail runs immediately adjacent to US...
PA 7.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Karamac Trail is a short walking trail that starts under the Interstate 80 bridge on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The trail follows an old railroad right-of-way; there is a railroad...
NJ 1.5 mi Cinder, Dirt
In the mid 1800s Chester, New Jersey, was the home of the iron ore industry; railroads shipped the ore all over the county. With the end of the industry, however, the rail lines were abandoned, turned...
NJ 2.3 mi Dirt
Also known as the Mill Creek Trails, the State Game Lands 326 Trails meanders through a protected wooded area in Central Schuylkill County. The State Game Lands 326 (SGL) stretches across the...
PA 6.1 mi Dirt, Grass

Recent Trail Reviews

Goshen Road Trail

address

July, 2024 by 18spalma2015

(39.9958759, -75.4088718) Goshen Trail Parking Goshen Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

Wow. Was very bumpy. A couple of trees were down. Started at Dingmans ferry. Went north. Lots of hills! Had to stop at Zimmermans Farm Road. It got too narrow from there. Exhausted!!

July, 2024 by ebechtoldt

Wow. Was very bumpy. A couple of trees were down. Started at Dingmans ferry. Went north. Lots of hills! Had to stop at Zimmermans Farm Road. It got too narrow from there. Exhausted!!

Frick's Trail

Easy Stroll - Fully paved

July, 2024 by m_wetteland

Was a very easy stroll. The parking lot has about 5 spaces and the path is fully paved. The trail is entirely flat and nicely winds along the creek and then in and out of a neighborhood. I clocked it at 1.8 miles out and back. The 2 small bridges can be very slick when wet so take your time.

Accordion

Roaring Creek Watershed

Nice trail but a little rough

July, 2024 by formy3grls

The trail is very nice and mostly shaded but the trail is a little rough. It is very bumpy. Scenic with the reservoir view near the end of the trail. Somewhat buggy.

Perkiomen Trail

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

July, 2024 by hughes29187

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

Union Canal Trail

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

June, 2024 by timmunson

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

Columbia Trail

Great at 2 in the afternoon

June, 2024 by aussickerjohm38

Me and my older sister go on it at least twice a month and at in the afternoon the sun isn’t beating down on you but it’s still bright and sunny

Paulinskill Valley Trail

love this trail

June, 2024 by flywithme_tl

I did this trail in May after heavy rain and some me areas need attention but the things you see were worth the small problem areas such as water / mud . Not many places to go to and get food that I seen . Overall worth the ride very cool old steel bridge , streams and rivers .

Sussex Branch Trail

plenty of resources

June, 2024 by flywithme_tl

Great trail very picturesque plenty of eateries along the way , deli by 206 you can detour a bit into Kittantinny park take a nice ride through and come out by Andover airport & lake Andover watch the planes . Also some eateries in Andover overall nice ride but in May they were doing some work on a portion that is near Andover .

Great Valley Trail

Nice trail

June, 2024 by flywithme_tl

Nice short run trail views of bridges , water go under an overpass cool graffiti and at the end in Branchville plenty of eateries within a few tenths of a mile .

Power Line Trail (PA)

Horsham Powerline Trail Preview P1

June, 2024 by mrsdhord

June 3, 2024
HORSHAM POWERLINE TRAIL PREVIEW PART 1
Check out the Horsham Powerline Trail Preview Part 1. I started at the Jarrett Park parking lot, ran towards Norristown Rd, made a U-turn. I headed on the path back past Jarrett Park, up the hill, and made a right before the path gets to Babylon Rd on the section that heads towards the library. At the dead end, I made a right to head back up the alternative path from the library parking lot to Jarrett Park. Great time always while using the trail here. See my video of the run on youtube: https://youtu.be/yHqGfeiBuJo?si=9b0ayOoBU36DMM3q

Ironton Rail-Trail

Outdoor Museum

June, 2024 by jmcginnis12@gmail.com

Over the years, I've noticed that rail trails exist on a continuum when it comes to preserving the history of the earlier rail lines that they replaced. On one end are lines where the original RR infrastructure was dismantled or repurposed long ago and the only traces left are the greenway's name and a couple interpretive signs or kiosks, while on the other are trails that go all out highlighting the corridor's past with RR-themed signage, artwork and memorabilia, including restored rail cars and/or engines, old buildings, rock cuts, bridges and other historical sites.
Located in the north Allentown suburbs, the 9.2 mile long Ironton Rail Trail clearly falls on the latter end of this spectrum. As the description for the asphalt trail indicates, it was built along the route of the Ironton RR, a short line that initially hauled iron ore from local mines to the Lehigh River. After the iron ran out in the late 19th century, these mines were repurposed as limestone quarries and several cement manufacturing mills and kilns sprang up along the line, which extended from Ironton east along Coplay Creek to a point just outside Stiles. From here, the line split in two and looped around the towns of Stiles, Coplay and Hokendauqua, connecting to other railroads along the Lehigh riverfront. Cement production peaked in the early 20th century and the area entered a gradual decline, with the last mill ceasing to manufacture it by 1975. The RR was acquired by Conrail and taken out of service in 1983 and the tracks were pulled up 7 years later, in 1990.
Today, the Ironton Rail Trail follows this lasso-shaped route. The highlight of the 4 mile long western "Spur" of the trail is the crumbling ruins of several of the old concrete mills, now being reclaimed by nature and creating a beautiful, yet eerie landscape that gives the impression of a post-apocalyptic, lost civilization being found in the woods. Located about halfway along the Spur in Egypt, The Troxell-Steckel House & Farm Museum, meanwhile, gives trail users the opportunity to glimpse an earlier era of local history by preserving the house, barn and springhouse of one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch farms built in the area. Trees line most of the route of the trail, providing cool shade in the warmer months of the year, while the Whitehall Parkway serves as both a nature preserve and has its own small network of trails encircling the ruins of another mill complex.
Moving further east, the Spur of the trail passes beneath Route 145 and links to the 5 mile Loop portion at a junction just north of Stiles. As its name indicates, this portion forms a circular greenbelt around the suburbs of Stiles, Coplay and Hokendauqua. Highlights on the Loop include the historic cement kilns at Saylor Park, believed to be the last of their kind that are still standing, the remains of the Thomas Iron Works along the Lehigh River, the Beiry Yard, an old RR yard now converted to an open space area and the Tate Meadows preserve. Several homeowners have also used their proximity to the Loop to beautify their yards with small gardens and ornate fences and gates (stay on the trail and do not go on private property), further enhancing the scenery and an abandoned RR trestle that crosses the Lehigh River may eventually link the trail to the D&L and Nor-Bath trails in Northampton, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. Numerous examples of RR memorabilia along the trail include a small engine and maintenance handcar at the western terminus of the Spur in the North Whitehall Rec. Area, an old passenger car in the Whitehall Parkway and a caboose in Coplay, a phone booth used by RR maintenance workers and foundations of an old water tower, blacksmith shop and section house. Several old RR sidings, with the rails still intact, also attest to the corridor's industrial heritage.
Numerous kiosks and interpretive signage extensively detail the history of the numerous sights along the trail and more info can be found on the Ironton Rail Trail website. There are also numerous benches along the route, three larger pavilions and numerous smaller ones. Anyone who loves rail trails and history should check out this gem of a suburban greenway.

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