Bayshore Trail (Henry Hudson Trail)

New Jersey

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Bayshore Trail (Henry Hudson Trail) Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Monmouth
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: 1st Avenue (Atlantic Highlands) and Bayside Drive (Highlands)
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016558
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Bayshore Trail (Henry Hudson Trail) Description

NOTE: The Bayshore Trail is currently open, however, storm damage has made trail conditions primitive with wet and muddy patches. Users should exercise caution and watch for construction vehicles in some locations. See the Monmouth County Park System website for information on the repair work.

The 2-mile Bayshore Trail is known as the Atlantic Highlands segment of the Henry Hudson Trail. It extends from the marina on 1st Avenue in Atlantic Highlands to the end of Bayside Drive in Highlands, following an abandoned rail corridor along a steep, forested hillside. Sandy Hook Bay is on the north, making this trail, although short, a scenic little exploration.

The Bayshore Trail doesn't connect directly with the Henry Hudson Trail; to do that, you must pass through residential streets for just under a mile. From the west end of the Bayshore Trail, head west on Bay Avenue and turn left on D Avenue to a right on Kennedy Court. If you go under Route 36, you've gone too far.

The Bayshore Trail is paved on the west end in Atlantic Highlands. On the east end, however, the surface is hard-packed cinder and sand. From the Highlands end, you can follow the streets about 1.5 miles to the Sandy Hook Multi-Use Pathway.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking access for the Bayshore Trail is available in Atlantic Highlands on 1st Street by the marina. In Highlands, the path ends at Bayside Drive near the town's shopping district, where you'll find plenty of nearby parking.

Bayshore Trail (Henry Hudson Trail) Reviews

Not asphalt paved but in excellent condition. Enjoy.

Newly paved and open the whole length.

Yesterday, August 16 we decided to walk this trail. We found the trail completely closed for construction. The Popamora end by a sign only and the marina end by a full chain link fence gate. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. As an alternate, we drove the short distance to the HHT Activity Center to walk the northern end of the Henry Hudson Trail. We went as far as the bridge over Rt. 36 that leads to the Earle Pier. When we reached this point, my wife said I have had enough. Enough traffic noise from Rt. 36, enough bicyclists without the courtesy to announce their passing - "on your left", a few simple words to avoid injury for all, enough hard paved surface. We turned back and went to the marina to sit quietly by the water. My sincere hope is the area under construction is only being repaired and not paved over as is this section of the HHT. If it is paved, we will go back to the woods to find more natural trails for hiking.


This trail is currently under construction and is very rough in certain spots as they work to repair damage from a storm. The trail does offer great views as it winds along the bay coastline.

Easy smooth roads, beautiful areas.

The trail still shows the after affects of hurricane sandy. It is open and do-able. It was muddy with many small streams crossing the trail. The bridges have been replaced but, it needs more aggregate for a better ride. We were on mountain bikes so, we didn't mind. Not a trail for a road bike. The views of sandy hook bay are impressive. We packed in a couple sandwiches and some coffee for a picnic. There is a bench in the middle of the trail with an incredible view of the bay. There are also picnic tables at the beach by the sandy hook marina. The trail is only a couple miles long but, the views make it well worth it. We combined the bayshore trail with the Henry Hudson trail and started in Aberdeen. Next time we will combine it with the Sandy Hook bike path. I would give the trail 2 stars because, needs a more work. I gave it 2 extra for the view.

I have been riding my bike as well as running either from Atlantic Highlands to the Highlands or from Atlantic Highlands to Keyport for the past five years. The section to the Highlands was my favorite with the bay on one side and the cliffs on the other. That section from what I've heard will be opened by next year. You can also ride all the way to Rt. 33 in Freehold. Great trail with that section totally paved.

Wear waterproof shoes or boots. Be prepared for some mud and rough riding. Perfect for mountain bikes.

This was one great trail before Sandy. Dose anybody know if ether Monmouth County or the State of NJ are making any head way with rebuilding this trail. It was a very nice link between the Henry Hudson trail and the Sandy Hook path way. With out this link there is a very tough climb that is not at all family friendly.

This was one great trail before Sandy. Dose anybody know if ether Monmouth County or the State of NJ are making any head way with rebuilding this trail. It was a very nice link between the Henry Hudson trail and the Sandy Hook path way. With out this link there is a very tough climb that is not at all family friendly.

We moved from Canarsie, Brooklyn NY about 4 years ago and found out that, by moving to North Middletown NJ, we're only 5 blocks from the entrance to the Henry Hudson Bike Trail. I enjoyed the trail so much with my wife and 11 year old daughter, which spans from Highlands to Freehold, NJ (with some long street breaks between the Northern and Southern extensions), that I created a public map of the whole trail on Google last year. But Google now has the trail built into their Maps directions, which is really great! Unfortunately, Bayshore Trail was one of the most beautiful parts of the trail since it ran along side the Sandy Hook Bay - but it was wiped out during Sandy. We tried to go that direction several months after the storm but a gate closes off the trail at the Atlantic Highlands Marina so we had to turn back. I'm just glad we had the opportunity to experience it... and it motivated us to actually complete the Southern Extension, from Marlboro and Aberdeen to Freehold, which is also a wonderful ride. The full HH bike trail has some hills and bumpy trail areas to contend with, due to tree roots pushing the paved asphalt up. In our area, the Parks Dept. repaved a portion of the trail a few weeks ago and it feels terrific! I'll keep checking back on the Monmouth County Parks website to see if there are any updates to the Bayshore Trail to be repaired, hopefully for next summer.

Hurricane sandy has destroyed the boardwalk completely and the trail is virtually impassible. It will take time before this trail is fixed-up

Check the link below before you visit to get the latest update on the trails condition

So last fall there was a landslide that wiped out one of the trestles, but it was fixed in June (you can see the piles of mud on the upslope side). This is a pretty ride along the bay. However, if you are willing to go about 1/2 mile on a not-too-busy street, you can cross the bridge to Sandy Hook (there is a wide sidewalk and also a bike path). From there you can take a bike/walking trail to the very top of Sandy Hook. The lower half is open, but as you get further north you pass through groves of trees (with birds just chirping away). This is one of my family's favorite rides.

In the summer there is a farmers market in a park just off the street between the trail and the bridge, where we often pick up fresh Jersey Produce.

This is a short trail but a Gem of a trail. It is true to its name as it follows the bay from Atlantic Highlands NJ to Highlands NJ only two miles but the the whole two miles you can look over to the NY City ski line and the Verazano bridge. After talking to a local I found out that this trail was built about three years ago and just after it was finished they had a North Easter and it destroyed about of the trial. I has been rebuilt but the rebuilt part has not been paved. If you are in the area it is one great trail.

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