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The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially opened the Cold Spring Bike Path in Lower Township on December 4, 2002. The 2.7-mile bike path runs from Sandman Boulevard to Sally Marshall Crossing in Atlantic Electric's right-of-way on the former West Jersey and Seashore Railroad Company rail bed.
The bike path includes an eight-foot wide by forty-foot long bridge over an intermittent stream. The trestle was designed to carry bike and pedestrian traffic. The bridge is located approximately 275 feet south of the US Route 9 entrance to Cold Spring Village.
From the Garden State Parkway take Exit 4 for New Jersey Route 47. Proceed west on Route 47 to US Route 9. Turn left to proceed south of US 9. At the intersection with Cresse Lane turn right on to Sally Marshall Crossing (also known as Sally Marshal Creek Road. The trail begins on the left.
Lower Township is working with Cape May County and Middle Township to construct the missing link between the two trails. When completed in Late Summer 2017 there will be an 11 mile path between Sandman Rd, Cold Spring Village and the Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Construction is happening to extend north to Church St in Middle Township, where it will link up with the Middle Township Bike Path, creating an 11 mile trail between Cold Spring and Cape May County Park/Zoo.
Nice flat paved path for a quick ride when we bring our bikes with us to Cape May. Has 40% shade. Not too busy. Just a few roads to cross but they are busy ones. You can park in the back of Historical Cold Springs Village in the old train station lot. My Aunt and Uncle told us about it when they were completing it. They bike and walk this frequently being that it is behind their house. A great quiet place away from the touristy Cape May town to go for a ride.
My wife, 3 year old(in a burley bike trailer), and I rode this path yesterday. The directions to the path are outdated. Sandy Marshall Crossing no longer exists, it was closed off with a guard rail over the railroad tracks.
There are 2 places to park your car if you are driving to the path. The first being at Historic Cold Springs Village(which the directions in this email do not point to). There is free parking and the path starts there. Or, you can drive to Pantry One (small convenience store) at 501 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204, and park in the gravel lot BEHIND the store (not in their parking lot).
The trail is 2.7 miles long and has .10 mile markers along the way. It is clean, and has decent shade. However, you do ride along a busy road for a bit, the scenery is just ok.
Lots of tree cover that is unkept and overgrown, unfortunately. I did see a half dozen people on bikes, but otherwise its a pretty quiet lonely path. There isnt much to do around there other than going to Cold Springs Village, so its rather out of the way for a 2.7 mile path.
I love this bike path but I am partial since I live near by. It has only two pitfalls. The first is it through two generally busy roads and A. its hard for drivers to see you and B. they are both busy intersections. Second pitfall is that there is a couple of stretches that run parallel to a road so you are deprived of a view. Though that particular road is kind of nice and there is an old cemetery to look at so it's not so bad. Otherwise the views are wonderful. there is a beautiful marsh pond that it runs along that in the spring and summer has gorgeous weeping willows growing beside it and some sort of flowering shrub is growing in the center of it. The entire set up is entirely natural. Its like something from a painting. The path is also marked every 10th of a mile which is nice. I just wish there was a way to connect this path to the middle township path.
Locals' Secret: On the southern end cross Ferry Road (watch traffic), continue along the back of Lower Township Elementary School sports fields, carry bike across railroad tracks at Nantucket Road (adjacent to school bus parking lot). Continue through lightly travel Tranquility neighborhood & find your way to the Intercoastal bridge leading into beautiful Victorian Cape May. Great biking town!
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