Landsdown Trail

New Jersey

4 Reviews

View Trail Map
View Map
Send to App

Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 40,000 miles of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Landsdown Trail Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Hunterdon
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Lower Landsdown Rd. (Franklin Township) and W. Main/CR 513/SR 173 (Clinton)
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017706

Landsdown Trail Description

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 Raritan River for those wishing to drop a line (state license required). The trail runs through part of the South Branch Reservation, 1,000+ acres of wildlife habitat and recreation.

The trail follows part of an old rail corridor once used as a spur for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which was built in 1881. The line was mainly for passenger rail but goods such as graphite and milled grains were also transported through here. The old trail station at the northern end of the trail was converted into a lumber store.

If you're up for a longer hike or ride, from the southern end of the trail, it's just a short distance to another rail-trail which runs nearly 4 miles through the Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Parking and Trail Access

There is no official trail parking in Clinton; use public parking. The trailhead is next to the lumber company. At the south end, park on Lower Landsdown Road. The park area is open from sunrise to sunset; no restroom facilities.

Landsdown Trail Reviews

nice trail

Crushed rock - peaceful trail through woods and cornfields. Adjacent to Raritan River.

Nice ride and connects to Capoolong trail!

Wife and I took this trail on July 6th, then connected to Capoolong (take a google map printout blown up at the junction to be sure you can find it - Capoolong is not well marked at this trailhead.)

The trail passes pretty terrain, and is well maintained. When you combine it with the Capoolong trail, it makes for a nice half day trip!

High and dry!

"I visited this trail following several days of steady rain in the area and was pleasantly surprised to find it completely dry. Many unpaved rail trails in Northern NJ get quite muddy at times; this one is a rare exception.

A designated trail users’ parking area may now be found in Clinton; on a side street just east of the Cyrus Fox Lumber Yard’s main building. Signs are posted indicating no parking after sunset. There are one or two road shoulder parking spots at the Franklin Township trailhead.

There is one grade level street crossing along the route, but fortunately it is a limited use service road. All trail bridges have been reconstructed and include safety railings and sturdy concrete reinforced decks.

This is a nice trail, albeit too short to make it worthy of a long distance drive to visit."

New and nice!

"This trail was just opened in the last month. It is just under two miles long, and the surface is excellent for walking or bike riding. The surface is level hard-pack with some fine gravel on the surface. Areas through cuts have been trenched on both sides to keep the trail dry! There are 1/4 mile posts along the trail that make handy camera stands! There are also fine views of the Raritan River and all the bridges have concrete decks. Parking at Landsdown Road is very limited. In Clinton, at the north end, one would have to find legal in-town parking.

An added feature is the presence of the Capoolong WMA Trail just across the active Lehigh Valley Line at the southern end of the trail.

I rate this a 7 out of 10!


Nearby Trails

Go Unlimited Today!

  • FREE Account
  • View over 40,000 miles of trail maps
  • Post your trail reviews
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Get a free map in the app!
Register for FREE
Purchase Unlimited

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google

Log in with Apple


Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 40,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google

Register with Apple


Your account has been deleted.