Freedom Trail Bikeway

New Jersey

Freedom Trail Bikeway Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Middlesex
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail end points: Monmouth Junction and Kingston
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7787615
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Freedom Trail Bikeway Description

Freedom Trail Bikeway will eventually be a 10-mile route linking parks and open spaces throughout South Brunswick Township in northern New Jersey. The trail follows a former rail line through woodlands, wetlands, and neighborhoods.

Currently, two short disconnected sections of the trail are complete in these communities of South Brunswick:

  • Monmouth Junction: A paved 1.4-mile pathway runs east from Stouts Lane, across New Road, then east and south to a parking lot on Ridge Road. Well-marked crosswalks have been added on New Road and Ridge Road to increase trail safety.

Parking and Trail Access

In Monmouth Junction, a parking lot is available at 600 Ridge Road. In Kingston, parking is available in the Cook Natural Area (1010 Ridge Road).

Freedom Trail Bikeway Reviews

I was on the Kingston portion of the Freedom Trail earlier today and looped back around through the Cook and Heathcote Preserve Parks via a 'test' boardwalk that was either never finished or fell into a state of disrepair...hmmm! At least there were a couple of nice bridges-one with some tree damage and the same tree still on top and the other one that looked like it was from the time the Freedom Trail was a rail line, not just between Monmouth Junction/Deans' Pond and Kingston/Rocky Hill but all the way to Trenton along the D&R Canal past downtown Kingston and downtown Princeton. Also, I wonder what the hold up is on the supposed bridging of the gap between the Monmouth Junction and Kingston segments of the Freedom Trail-it's been awhile since I've heard anything about bridging the gap on the Freedom Trail over U.S. Route 1-it was originally supposed to be a pedestrian bridge and a trail linking to the rest of the Freedom Trail at Stouts Lane in Monmouth Junction, which was not long ago extended to the final terminus at Ridge Road (for awhile it was only between New Road and Stouts Lane). Another proposal was to somehow go across U.S. Route 1 at Route 522/Promenade Blvd. and link the endpoint at Stouts Lane with the Kingston section of the Freedom Trail. Either way, the trail needs to be completed at some point. I'm not holding my breath, though. (PS-I was on the Monmouth Junction portion of the Freedom Trail twice-when it was completed between Stouts Lane and New Road and when it was finally extended from New Road to Ridge Road-it's a decent trail there but the Kingston portion is more interesting IMO)

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