Joyful Summer season Trails: Finest Locations To Get Outdoor Round Level Nice


POINT PLEASANT, NJ – The trail beckons as hikers, bikers and walkers in the Point Pleasant area are ready to get back in touch with nature.

Here are some of the best places to visit here and around South New Jersey if you’re adventurous and looking for trail experiences in the area.

The Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway is located in South Jersey, an east-west route between Allaire State Park and Manasquan. If you enjoy a good bike ride through the South Jersey countryside, this 5-mile one-way bike path is well worth a visit.

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The Batona Trail offers hikers more than 50 miles of trails through the pines of South New Jersey in the state’s Pinelands Natural Reserve. Plan a shorter hike if you’d like, starting at one of the trail’s many entry points, so pick one to start at and plan your hike. The trail crosses motorways and meanders through small Jersey towns.

Monmouth County Parks offer a system of trails for walking, hiking and biking, many of which are also open for horseback riding. The links below for each trail provide more information. New Jersey state parks are non-smoking.

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The Henry Hudson Trail is 24 miles from the former railroad and is paved for biking, hiking, or in-line skating. There is a northern extension accessible from 945 State Highway 36 and a southern one.

Hartshorne Woods Park has over 14 miles of trails with entrances in Highlands and Locust. Gaze out at the Navesink River while biking or hiking. The park offers picnicking, horseback riding, fishing and other recreational opportunities.

Thompson Park in Lincroft is home to 13 miles of trails along some old farm roads and a former horse training ground. There is also access to Marlu Lake for fishing.

Holmdel Park has 14.5 km of hiking trails and offers fishing, bookable picnic areas and tennis courts. Enter the trail at Longstreet Road in Holmdel and enjoy the natural surroundings. The path has some hills.

Elsewhere in New Jersey

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a 22-mile series of trails serving the local communities in the townships of Hopewell and Lawerence across the Delaware River. The trail series was planned to connect places and keep people healthy. The sections of the route aren’t just for recreation, they were designed for commuting too! Begin your hike at 197 Blackwell Road in Pennington, New Jersey.

The Watershed Institute does more than just conserve water. It preserves and restores habitats and offers recreation on its trails that lead through wetlands and meadows, across creeks to Wargo Pond. A portion of the trails connect to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail. The Watershed Institute trails begin at 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, New Jersey. You can bring a picnic and a pet on a leash, but you must take your rubbish with you.

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park is great for walking, kayaking, and canoeing! D&R Canal Park near Princeton has a self-guided trail system for hiking, biking and even horseback riding. The park’s website suggests two local shops where you can rent a bike. The hiking trails in D&R Canal Park are extensive, so check out the maps here and plan your day.

The Lenape Trail features 36 miles of hiking trail traversing 19 parks in Essex County, New Jersey. Some sections of the trail are paved, others are unpaved and ready for hikers looking for a bigger challenge. Volunteers from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference help maintain the trail with the help of the Partners for Health Foundation in Essex County. The trail is named for the native Lenape tribes who inhabited what is now known as the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sourland Mountain Preserve offers a short trail and a longer trail with rocky areas and some rock climbing. The paths lead through forest with gentle slopes. Take the 9.1 km hiking trail or a shorter loop through the nature reserve. Here in Somerset County, New Jersey, there are 4,000 acres to enjoy. Mountain bikes are allowed in the Preserve, as are horses.

Nearby in Pennsylvania

Peace Valley Park is close by for biking, hiking, boating and fishing. It is part of Bucks County’s park system. Enter the Creek Road in New Britain Township and enjoy the great outdoors.

Newtown Rail Trail and Pennypack Trail were developed in two phases as part of Bucks County’s trail program. Upper Southhampton Township announced the opening of the Newtown/Pennypack Trail in April. The project has been in the works for a long time and it is ready to be enjoyed. Find out more here and enjoy this local recreation opportunity.

Tyler State Park in Newtown is a local treasure with all manner of outdoor recreation including 25 miles of hiking trails. The Tyler Park Trail is unpaved and bicycling is only permitted in some areas, so plan before you set off. There is a 1 mile difficult trail that crosses Porter Run Creek.
Driving west through Bucks County you can access the Schuylkill River Greenways, a system of trails between Philadelphia and Reading in Berks County. You’ll never tire of the discoveries these trails have in store.

The Perkiomen Trail connects to the Schuylkill River Trail network, 20 miles of which follow the old Perkiomen section of the Reading Railroad line in neighboring Montgomery County. The trail welcomes horses, walkers, hikers and cyclists, and you can bring your dog on a leash. Remember to clean up!

Core Creek Park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is part of Bucks County’s park system and offers hiking and biking trails, as well as kayaking and canoeing on Lake Luxembourg. You can also rent pedal boats and rowing boats at the park, with discounts for seniors. There is also a dog park and picnic areas.

High Rocks State Park offers some great hiking and rock climbing in Tinicum Township, part of the 45-acre Ralph Stover State Park. There is a 4.5 mile trail loop with great views and challenging terrain. An area owned by the State of Pennsylvania and Bucks County, High Rocks offers opportunities for true outdoor rock climbing.

This post features one of the great views along the Edgar Felix Bikeway between Manasquan and Allaire State Park, a 5-mile one-way hike among the many miles of hiking and biking trails in New Jersey.

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