New Jersey Rail Trails
The Columbia Trail
Length: 16 miles. 31 miles round trip.
This rail trail is a must ride. 16 miles in length, the trail begins in the quaint downtown of High Bridge, New Jersey, and passes through the towns of Califon and Long Valley. The small towns along the way offer many options for a mid ride snack, from several trendy coffee shops to rustic general stores. The trail begins riding through the Ken Lockwood Gorge high above the Raritan river, and continues through countryside farms and peaceful woods. After 6 miles you pass through the town of Califon which has a restored railroad station. We recommend stopping at Bex Eatery for a snack or pastry or heading up the hill to the North to the Califon General Store. Another six miles will bring you through the heart of Long Valley, just next to the trail is a coffee hot spot called the Coffee Potter. Four more miles and the trail ends when it runs into Bartley Road.
Length: 70 miles
The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park trail follows the towpath of the canal. Along the route you'll find remnants of locks, hand built stone-arch culverts, bridge-tender houses and plenty of other history. The trail offers over 70 miles of length with Trenton at the center. It passes through towns such as Lambertville and Frenchtown, where the bridges over the Delaware river can be used to make loop rides with the D&L trail on the other side of the river.
Paulinskill Valley Trail
Length: 27 miles
The Paulinskill trail is 27 miles of nearly uninterupted trail following the Paulinskill River through Sussex and Warren counties. From the trailhead in Knowlton Township, several miles east of the Delaware River, the trails travels east and in about 1 mile you pass under the Paulanskill Viaduct built in 1910. At the time, this viaduct was the world's largest reinforced concrete structure. There are several spots where the trail is interupted by missing bridges, so it is necessary to dismount your bike and head down unmaintained side paths to cross the road before picking up the trail again. This trail is frequented by equestrians so be on the lookout for horses! Just after the Warbasse Junction parking lot, less than a mile from the eastern end of the trail, the Sussex Branch trail crosses the Paulinskill Valley trail. This trail is not as well maintained or well marked as the Paulinskill but can be ridden all the way into Allamuchy Mountain State Park.