Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or enjoy leisurely rides with the family, New Jersey has a variety of scenic bike paths to meet your needs. To scout out the best ones, we asked local bicycle shops for their favorites. Here are their top picks.
According to Zippy’s Bikes, their favorite ride is along the beaches in the Wildwoods.
You start in North Wildwood at the Hereford Inlet Anglesea beach lighthouse, riding parallel to the sea wall. You’ll be traveling south on the bike path where the boardwalk begins. Follow the three-mile boardwalk through Wildwood to the end. Then, the Wildwood Crest bike path takes over and continues along the beach. Go from there to the bike lane on the streets of Wildwood Crest, heading south until you reach the nature area. That’s it! Take a break to watch the birds on the beach.
The round trip is about 15 miles. You can find this route, plus many others, on their My City Bikes the Wildwoods app.
Eddy’s Cycle City
Paul Beckmann owns Eddy’s Cycle City, a bicycle shop in Bayonne, NJ that specializes in everything from vintage, family, mountain, road and race bikes.
If you enjoy nature, he highly recommends the Six Mile Run, a trail in Somerset County, New Jersey. Oddly enough, it’s actually 9.6 miles long. This is a cross-country trail maintained for mountain bikers. It’s great for beginners and intermediate riders. If you’re new to mountain biking, you’ll just need a quality front suspension-only bike.
If you’re looking to ride safely on the pavement, Liberty State Park in Jersey City is the place to go. It has scenic views of Manhattan, well away from the city and cars.
Planet Bike recommends:
- Henry Hudson Trail – There are three sections to this trail. The Northern section (about ten miles) runs from Aberdeen, along Route 36, to Atlantic Highland. In the southern portion, you’ll find a five-mile path starting in Matawan running parallel to Route 79 to Marlboro. And another from Marlboro to Freehold.
- Princeton Forrestal Center – On the eastern portion of this property, the John P. Moran Woods provides a network of scenic trails, walkways, and bicycle paths. The Delaware Raritan Canal extends along the entire western boundary.
- Duke Farm – Located in Hillsboro, Duke Farm has 12 miles of bicycle trails (paved and gravel). You’ll have a perfect afternoon on this magnificent 2740 acre parcel of private land.
Pete’s Bike and Fitness Shop
Pet’s Bike and Fitness Shop has a suggestion for a six-mile beginner ride and family ride (even kids with training wheels). Drive Route 523 west to Stockton, then Route 29 north three miles to Bull Island State Park. Pedal south on the bike path to Stockton for a bit of ice cream at Cravings or walk across the river bridge to Dilley’s. The state park has a playground, pedestrian bridge, picnics, boat launch, fishing, camping, and bathrooms.
For a longer ride of 14 miles, enjoy the Delaware River basin between Frenchtown & Stockton. Drive Highway 12 to Frenchtown and park in the lot next to the river bridge. You can ride the bike path south from the bridge, passing islands, rapids, and boat launches, to Bull Island State Park facilities.
At this point, you have two options. You can turn around and return the way you came on the New Jersey side. Or, cross the river on the pedestrian bridge to Lumberville in Pennsylvania for some refreshments at the General Store. Connect to the PA bike path and continue north past Tinicum Park to Uhlerstown. Before the covered bridge, follow the bike path signs to Uhlerstown Hill Road, right to Route 32, and left for 100 yards to the river bridge to Frenchtown (for more refreshments).
We want to thank these local bike shops for their time and contributions to this blog post.
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