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This 2.1-mile long paved path runs directly adjacent to (about 30-40 feet off of) the Boulevard in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and follows the exact route of a former trolley line operated by the Morris County Traction Company.
While more similar to a sidewalk than a traditional off-road rail-trail, this path still provides an ideal surface and a safe alternative away from motor vehicles for walkers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters and the disabled.
In addition to being a great place to exercise, the path serves as a history tour. It has breathtaking views of the many Colonial, Georgian and Spanish-style homes which are on the Boulevard, many with lawns that reach back to the lakes that give the borough of Mountain Lakes its name.
The pathway is known as a cool place in the hot summer months, with its large old shade trees, along with towering rhododendrons and mountain laurel, offering plenty of shade.
From Rt. 80 West, get off at Cherry Hill Rd. Take that to Rt. 46 and go left (west). Go up to the second light and turn right. The trail starts at the first light across from the firehouse.
You can park at a small lot near the intersection of Boulevard and Lake Drive, near the episcopal church. You might be able to park at the church at the intersection of Boulevard and Pocono Drive, at St. Catherine's Church. You can also park legally in parking lots or along side streets in the surrounding neighborhoods.
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