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Cape May’s 8.9-mile Middle Township Bike Path and 2.7-mile Cold Spring Bike Path were fully connected in summer 2017. Riders can begin their journey at US 9/Sandman Boulevard in Lower Township across the street from the local elementary school and ride it just over 11 miles north to the Cape May County Park & Zoo. The trail pairing acts as a backbone for the 16 municipalities that surround it, and future spur trails will connect even more communities and local attractions.
The Jersey shore was a major vacation destination for residents of the Delaware Valley region throughout the early 20th century; the Middle Township Bike Path follows a former rail line that once serviced these tourists.
On its southern end, the Middle Township Bike Path begins in Erma, where you’ll notice many idyllic camping areas and wineries to the east and west. Heading north from there, you’ll pass through the Rio Grande community. The homes begin to grow scarce as you enter the woods through Middle Township. You may even run across a bunny or deer as you continue to the northern endpoint at the Cape May County Park & Zoo. If you are here in the spring or summer, you’ll enjoy a beautiful display of wildflowers and butterflies along the trail. Zoo admission is free, as is parking for cars.
To reach parking at the trail’s northern endpoint from Garden State Pkwy., take Exit 11 for Crest Haven Road. Head west on County Road 609/Crest Haven Road, and travel 0.2 mile until it becomes County Park Road and enters the zoo, where parking is available. From the Cape May Terminal, drive 2.8 miles on US 9 N/Lincoln Blvd./Sandman Blvd. to NJ 109 S. Turn right onto NJ 109 S, and go 1 mile. Merge onto Garden State Pkwy., and continue 10.6 miles to Exit 11. Turn left onto CR 609/Crest Haven Road, and follow it 0.2 mile until it becomes County Park Road and enters the zoo, where parking is available.
There is also a small parking lot at end of Railroad Avenue, north of SR 47, in Rio Grande. Steps from the path, it's a closer option for those staying in Wildwood.
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