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The Pleasantville to Somers Point Bike Path connects four cities along 8.2 miles of trail: Pleasantville, Northfield, Linwood, and Somers Point. The path travels through city centers, neighborhoods, and tree-lined parks, ending in Somers Point a few blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean. Here, it connects to the Route 52 Bridge Trail, offering an important link to Cape May County.
Trailside memorials and ice cream shops provide ideal spaces to take a break along the way. Much of the route travels through residential neighborhoods and past schools. Often, you can see students using the path as a safe walking route between home and school, as well as other residents out enjoying the trail for both exercise and leisure—for a quick ride or a stroll into town.
The north end of the trail begins in Pleasantville, the most urban of the communities. Beginning off Devins Lane, the path travels behind various retailers until it makes an abrupt right turn just before Chestnut Avenue. The path utilizes an inactive railroad bridge to cross over busy US 40/Black Horse Pike. After crossing the highway, the trail continues alongside Fuae Avenue in Northfield.
Once in Northfield, the path travels through residential neighborhoods. At Zion Road, it leaves Fuae Avenue and begins to parallel Wabash Avenue.
Extending into Linwood along Wabash Avenue, the bike path (occasionally called the Linwood Bike Path) evokes a pleasant community feel. The bike path takes the center of a wide median that divides Wabash Avenue; the eastern side is one-way northbound, and the western side is one-way southbound. Linwood offers a variety of attractions, including All Wars Memorial Park and the Linwood Arboretum.
As the path approaches Somers Point, the surroundings shift from residential to urban. The trail ends outside of the Somers Point city clerk’s office but can be taken all the way into the historic district of Somers Point via on-road facilities.
To reach the north end of the trail in Pleasantville, take the Atlantic City Expy. to Exit 5. Head southwest on US 9/S. New Road, and go 0.8 mile. Turn left onto Decatur Ave. There is limited curbside parking.
To reach the southern end of the trail in Somers Point, take the Atlantic City Expy. to Exit 5. Head southwest on US 9/S. New Road, and go 3 miles. Turn left onto W. Mill Road. In 0.5 mile turn right onto Shore Road, and continue 4.3 miles. Turn right onto W. New Jersey Ave. Turn right onto First St. Parking is on the right.
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