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The Monroe Township Bike Path carries visitors through the tranquil woodlands of the Glassboro Wildlife Management Area as it connects the southern New Jersey suburban towns of Glassboro and Williamstown. The pathway is part of the Circuit Trails, an expansive regional trail network across nine counties, including Gloucester County, which will eventually encompass 800 miles of trails.
The borough of Glassboro’s name reflects the glassmaking industry that thrived here throughout the 19th century. In fact, the 6.3-mile paved trail owes its existence to that boom. The route follows the former corridor of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, which in 1933 acquired tracks originally laid by the Williamstown Railroad (later the Williamstown & Delaware River Railroad) in the 1870s and early 1880s. Originally conceived to serve the many glass and bottle makers in the area, the railroad later connected to other lines to carry tourists to the Jersey Shore destinations of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood, and Cape May.
Unlike some other eastern rail corridors that follow meandering streams, the railroad followed the shortest-distance rule that results in today’s nearly arrow-straight trail.
Beginning on the south side of Glassboro, the trail heads east through a commercial-industrial complex before entering the northern edge of a hardwood forest in the Glassboro Wildlife Management Area. The 2,300 acres are popular for squirrel, grouse, and deer hunting in season. The tree cover makes for shady trail travel in the summer.
The vegetation screen thins out a bit after 1.3 miles at Moore Avenue, then gets heavy again until the path crosses County Road 655 in another 1.3 miles. After a 0.5-mile jaunt through a neighborhood, the forest becomes dense again for nearly a mile until the outskirts of Williamstown, a one-time glass-manufacturing center in its own right. The trail passes a sprawling educational campus before passing through a leafy residential neighborhood around the old station site on Railroad Avenue.
You may see a plaque near the trailhead designating this section as the George F. McDonald Sr. Memorial Bike Path, named for the 1975–1978 mayor. A nearby convenience store is a good place to stock up on snacks before heading back to Glassboro.
To reach the trailhead in Glassboro from I-76/North-South Fwy./NJ 42, take Exit 13 onto NJ 55 S. Go 6.7 miles to Exit 53A, and merge onto County Road 553/Woodbury-Glassboro Road, which becomes N. Woodbury Road and then S. Woodbury Road. Go 2.4 miles and merge onto Delsea Dr./NJ 47. Go 1.9 miles, turn left onto Awalt Dr., and look for on-street parking. The trail is just south of Awalt Dr.
To reach parking for the eastern trailhead at Williamstown Middle School from North-South Fwy./NJ 42 S (or from the Atlantic City Expy.), keep left to get on the Atlantic City Expy. Take Exit 38, and head southwest on Williamstown Road. Go 2 miles (the road will become CR 536 Spur/Sicklerville Road and then Clayton Road). Turn right into the Williamstown Middle School parking lot. Bear right to find parking closest to the trail at the north end of the lot. Once on the trail, turn right and go 0.7 mile to find the eastern trailhead on Blue Bell Road.
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