"It's been almost three years since my last trip to the Pequest WMA trail. Its former state was the reason for the lapse. The trail is now a trail! It has been completely cleared of all vegetation, ties and rails. It is now an excellent trail with two shortcomings, mostly for bikers and horseback riders.
A considerable portion of the ROW consists of moderately large gravel, which is not the greatest surface for walking, but not that bad. It would be a different story for bikers. At least 50% of the trail is of better consistency, and in many areas, ""wheel tracks"" have moved the gravel aside.
There are 3 steel bridges over the Pequest River, which are suitable for walking, but not for bikes and impossible for horses. There is no decking on the bridges, just open ties in varying states of decay, with clear views of the rushing water below.
The area is very attractive, and if the bridges were upgraded and the trail surface made more user friendly, this would rank with the best trails. It is completely level and has only two rural road crossings and one private crossing. There are many views of the river and it passes under the old DL&W main line. Parking is available at the north end, at the Hatchery access road and at Pequest Furnace Rd.
This trail has undergone an amazing transformation. Let's hope it can make the next step to a great trail!
Now rates a 6 out of 10!"