Some of the best gravel roads Hunterdon County has to offer, connects with the best of gravel roads in Somerset County, particularly in the Bedminster area. This route begins at the River Road Park in Bedminster, but joins with great backroads and gravel roads in the Oldwick and Tewksbury area of Hunterdon County. The highlight of this route is riding down in the Ken Lockwood Gorge against the backdrop of people fly fishing and rushing water. This route was shared by a member of ridewithgps.com.
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**Hunting is permitted from September through February. Wearing blaze orange during hunting season is recommended Mondays-Saturdays. No hunting is permitted on Sundays at the Park.**
Horseshoe Bend Park’s orange trail is a 4.5 mile multi use loop perfect for beginners and is interesting enough for more advanced riders looking for a quiet, scenic route.The trail can get muddy during the warmer months, but it’s the perfect place to ride when the ground is frozen. It’s well marked throughout and there is plenty of parking within the park.
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While this short route travels over smooth back roads, it also includes some of the best gravel roads Delaware Township has to offer. Views are beautiful and include longhorn farms, animal rescue farms and scenic vistas perfect for picture taking. While it appears the ride is all along the back roads, it is never far from places to rehydrate or get some snacks.
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**Hunting is permitted from September through February. Wearing blaze orange during hunting season is recommended Mondays-Saturdays. No hunting is permitted on Sundays at the Preserve.**
The Frenchtown Preserve is a hidden mountain biking treasure for beginners, families and those looking to spend time in the woods. This less than 5 mile trail is perfect in the winter when the ground is frozen. During the summer months it can get muddy and it’s recommended that you wait for the trails to dry before attempting to ride them. Near Frenchtown, there are many amenities for before and after riding. There is a bike shop in town as well as coffee shops, restaurants, bicycle parking and great views of the Delaware River.
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Looking for a challenge? This spectacularly beautiful, but incredibly hilly road route begins and ends in lovely Milford Borough.
The route starts to gradually climb right out of the gate; the first being a warm up for the next two steep and long climbs. There’s plenty of opportunity for photographers to get great scenic shots along the quiet, winding back roads. It’s recommended that those choosing to do this route are prepared to climb or willing to walk. Either way, the scenery justifies the effort. Plus, there’s ice cream!
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High Bridge, NJ boasts a fairly new pump track right at the trailheads to the new Flow Trails. Parking can be found both on the street and in the municipal lot across from the entrance to the Columbia Trail. This is a great warm up for both the new Flow Trails as well as the Nassau Trail system. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy the pump track.
Four mountain biking trails, appropriate for beginners and advanced trail riders are located directly behind the pump track. Parking is available in either the municipal lot or on the street.
This gorgeous route highlights the best of Hunterdon and Bucks counties. Begin your ride at Bull's Island Recreation Area. If parking is full, ample parking can also be found at Prallsville Mills.
We call this route Trifecta because there are three stunning, quiet roads worthy of photo opps, eagle sightings and funky artful cottages. There are plenty of places along the way to refuel and relax.
Access to the farms and farm markets along the Hunterdon 579 Trail makes this a beautiful recreational route as well as a functional one if produce market shopping is part of the plan. Short detours to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market as well as the Stangl Market are easy to include at the end of the tour by bike or by car. Ample parking can be found at V5 Cycles, Raritan Township.
Parking for this route can be found at Oldwick Park or at Cold Brook Preserve. This part of the county is hilly and some of the roads are not particularly smooth. But what this short route lacks in smooth flat roads is made up for in bucolic farmland scenery, shaded roads and gravel. Be sure to visit Melick's Town Farm and the Oldwick General Store. Add some gravel by taking Cold Brook Road at mile 10.8. Just take a left at Vliettown and that will take you back to the start.
Ample car and bike parking at Lone Eagle Brewing allows for a great starting point for this route with easy detours along the Hunterdon 579 Trail This almost 33 mile long route takes the rider along quiet, rolling back roads along farmland which is perfect for photo opportunities. Along the way, you can check out four farmers markets and several farm stands. End your ride with a cold brew back at Lone Eagle Brewing.
Whether you are short on time or are just looking for a quick beautiful route, the Lambertville Loop offers gradual climbs and descents, quiet country roads and gorgeous scenery. This route is perfect for adding a tour along the river by getting onto the D&R Canal Towpath at the Holcombe-Jimison Farm. If riding all day is in the plan, consider connecting to the Last Covered Bridge Ride. Parking in Lambertville to start the route can be found in the CVS parking lot or behind the Canal Studios Building.
Ready for some bird watching? This route begins and ends at V5 Cycles, Raritan Township, but you could start anywhere in Flemington/Raritan.
From eaglet flying lessons to herons feeding along the banks, there's much to see along this quiet, relatively flat route meandering along the hills of Hunterdon County to just touching on the flatlands of Somerset County. Eagle nests can be found at approximately mile 7 on the high tension towers. Just before mile 10 as you cross the bridge, look to your left and in the trees above the banks is the heron rookery. Be sure to cross the street carefully for a closer look.
This is a good introduction to gravel riding route that begins and ends at the historic Prallsville Mill.
Be sure to spend some time reading about the history of the mill and visiting the historic buildings.
The route starts along the Delaware River before the first of the gravel roads.
The turn is across from Bull's Island Recreation Area. The pedestrian bridge in the park crosses the Delaware River and the towpath on either side.
The quiet back roads take you to the very last Covered Bridge in New Jersey.
Once in Sergeantsville the roads get a bit busier, but offer a very wide shoulder most of the way.
Upon return, take some time to pedal on the Delaware-Raritan Canal Towpath to enjoy and extend the route.
This beautiful gravel route begins in East Amwell Township.
You can park on the weekends at East Amwell Township School and the municipal building or at the ball fields. All are on Wertsville Road.
As with most gravel roads in Hunterdon County, there are hills involved. At mile 6.7 you'll climb up the aptly named Pine Hill Road.
Most amenities can be found at the start and the finish of the ride. However, rest rooms can be found at around mile 19.5 at Bulls Island Recreation Area.
If time allows, take a walk across the pedestrian bridge into Pennsylvania for the views.
Starting and ending your ride in Frenchtown offers you plenty of opportunity to mingle with other cyclists, drink good coffee, and enjoy a snack or a meal.
This beautiful route begins at Frenchtown Park, easily accessed from Route 12.
Route is designed for the experienced gravel rider who enjoys climbing and pedaling off the beaten path.
Experienced bicyclists knows that anytime one is by a river, all roads go up, and this route is no exception. Head up to the Hunterdon Plateau to begin this ride. Once you reach Ferry Road, the route is fairly flat and meanders through woods, farmlands and passes many old farmsteads before a nice decent on Upper Creek Road, to the only remaining covered bridge in New Jersey. After a bit of a ride by the creek, the route heads up hill before heading back down to Lambertville.
This route can be started anywhere on the route map. The map shows the route starting at the Black River & Western Railroad parking lot. At approximately mile 5.5 and again at 27.5, there are a number of possible rest stops. The Sergeantsville General Store and Bagel Barn & Deli offer the road cyclist plenty of choices for snacks, breakfast, lunch or just a stop along the way. If you are riding during the weekend, The Stockton Market is another choice for available rest rooms, full meals or just a snack with a very large bicycle rack out front.
Wheefine Bicycle Shop, located on Route 518, caters to all cyclists. The “old world” feel of the shop makes for an interesting and historical stop.
When you arrive in Lambertville, enjoy the many unique restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops.
Start your ride by parking in the Reading Ridge Center parking lot on Reading Road or up further at Barley Sheaf School on Barley Sheaf Road. There are some busy roads on this route, so be ready for some single file riding. Riders will be rewarded mid-ride with some very scenic rural roads. For this 23 mile route, it’s best to bring your own food and drink as there is not really anywhere to stop and refuel along the way. However, at the start and end there are a few places to get supplies and eat on the return.
The Hunterdon Plateau is 60 square miles of fairly flat farmland west of Flemington and a cyclist's paradise. Kingwood is at the western boundary of the plateau and this 13 mile loop stays on the plateau along country roads, through woodlands and farmlands affording the rider a fairly flat ride with just enough ups and downs and turns to make it more interesting. This ride is perfect for the novice road rider as well as experienced riders looking to see open space and beautiful farmland.
Park at any of the local stores along Route 12 (Café Maria, the Sunset Market or The Corner Store). Parking at the Kingwood Township School would work as well. At the very end of the ride, be sure to visit the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Lockatong Creek Farm Conservancy.
Enjoy mile upon mile of picturesque Hunterdon farmland as you travel toward the Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge, the only remaining covered bridge in New Jersey. The route offers three different loops: 15, 24 or 48 miles long. The two shorter loops begin near Ringoes. The best parking for this route can be found at the Municipal Building located at Wertsville Road and Route 202.The long loop can begin at either Ringoes or Princeton. The entire route is hilly (especially the long loop) and for the most part utilizes low traffic volume rural roads traversing picturesque countryside. It should be particularly attractive when the leaves change color in the fall. Of the full loop, 12 miles wind through the serene woods of the Sourland Mountain Reservation. The ride offers a beautiful day away from civilization. Be sure to bring enough supplies along with you if you choose to do the full route.
At mile 7.5, you will come to the Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, the last covered bridge in New Jersey. You won’t ride through the bridge. Instead, you will make a left and ride along the creek on a very quiet road. Look up occasionally and you might see eagles, hawks and/or herons.
Please consider getting off your bike and walking across Route 31 at the corner of Rocktown Road and Route 31. This is a difficult crossing, but well worth it as it brings you to the other side of the mountain area. At the corner of Rocktown Road and Mountain Avenue, there is an alpaca farm.
If you need to refuel, at mile 24.5 you can take a detour onto Pennington-Hopewell Road that changes to W. Broad Street, Hopewell. Sourland Cycles is the local bicycle shop.
This 12 mile trail is a hidden gem. The trailhead is located between the Cyrus Fox Lumber Company and the former Clinton Global Ag on the left. Parking is available in the lot by Fox Lumber or on the road itself.
The Landsdowne Trail offers a smooth and easy ride along beautiful scenery. After 1.5 miles, the trail crosses the road and the single and double track trails that continue are beginner mountain biking friendly. There are a couple of spots that are rooty and rocky, so proceed with caution. There are a couple of road crossings as well connecting the trail heads. If time allows be sure to stop and read some of the historical signs about the area.
Before or after your ride, the Town of Clinton is a wonderful place to explore shops and restaurants, the iconic Red Mill Museum, or Hunterdon Art Museum. The local bicycle shop, Clinton Bicycle Shop, LLC is located along the Raritan River.
Experience riding with traffic and riding hills is needed for this nearly 65 mile road route. The first 20 miles roll through gorgeous quiet roads along a babbling brook. Hog Back Road offers the rider the first of the serious hill sections with outstanding views in more than one location. If you love to climb, then this route does not disappoint. Once by the Delaware River and into the Frenchtown area, there are plenty of places to stop for food, drinks and sweets. The route starts and ends at V5 Cycles in Flemington. In the Raritan Town Square there are ample meal opportunities at LongHorn Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dockside Market & Grill and Delizia’s Pizza.
At mile 17.5, there is a Bagelsmith as well as gas stations. It is a busy intersection. Proceed with caution. At almost mile 33 there is a Deli Mart. Not much further is Jimmy’s Ice Cream, open seasonally.
Before getting onto Route 12, at approximately 40 miles, stop at Maria’s in Frenchtown for a quick snack. Right next door is Cycle Corner of Frenchtown, the local bicycle shop. At mile 49.5, Highland Gourmet is another great spot to stop and pick up some nutrition or hydration. On your return you can catch a good look at the Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, last remaining covered bridge in New Jersey.
Intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills are needed for most of this 7 mile trail system. However, there are shorter and easier trails throughout the park to consider riding. The Cushetunk Trail is by far the most challenging and was once the event home of a major off road triathlon. Hilly, rooty and technical, the Cushetunk Trail offers the more advanced rider with opportunities to test their bike handling skills. The beautiful reservoir can be seen throughout the ride.
Consider bringing your own hydration and nutrition or pick up along the way to the trails. Round Valley Reservoir is in a quiet, rural area. Depending on the route taken to the reservoir, there are a few good places for fueling along the way. Along Route 31 North, you’ll pass Fuel Good Cafe, Exxon and BP gas stations at the corner of Route 31 and Payne Road also offer convenience stores and restrooms and Sunoco by Molasses Hill Road also has a convenience store with restrooms available.
This 6 mile trail system has everything for the beginner to advanced mountain biker, offering rock gardens, climbs and switchbacks. Park in the lot at the top of Nassau Avenue. That trail head offers gnarly downhill switchbacks from the start. Ride your bike down the hill a bit and you will see an open field to your right. Ride up the grassy area and there are two openings for some intermediate fun. Further down that road is a short 1 mile beginner or warm up loop. No matter where you begin, you can ride the whole park in a few hours. Lots of fun for everyone.
Nassau Trail’s High Bridge location gives riders plenty of options for restaurants. Both Casa Maya and Circa have menus fit for the voraciously hungry mountain biker. If coffee, pastries, breakfast or lunch is what you are looking for, check out Scout’s Coffee Bar & Mercantile.
Starting in Hunterdon County, this 66 mile route will take you over the backroads of Hunterdon and Bucks counties, providing views of three covered bridges in Bucks County and the only remaining covered bridge in Hunterdon County.
Begin your ride by parking in the Prallsville Mill Parking lot. There is usually plenty of parking, unless an event is scheduled. There are options to ride along the D&R Canal Towpath or roads along the ride. The majority of roads are smoothly paved. For a steep hill climb challenge, continue straight on Uhlerstown Hill Rd. at mile 25. This hill is not for the faint of heart. It's so steep that the road is closed to all cars during the winter months. Do not attempt the hill unless you are a very experienced rider; but it is worth a hike up just to see the views.
Just past mile 24 is a gas station with a convenience store. This is probably the first real opportunity for a rest stop. Another 22 or so miles and you find yourself at Ralph Stover Park in PA where you can find rest rooms and places to relax and picnic. At mile 50.5, you’ll come across the bicycle friendly Village Deli, or if you can wait another 5 miles you will reach the Carversville General Store, steeped in history and offering great food/snacks, rest rooms and a picnic area. At mile 62, you will reach the Lumberton General Store, but if you are not in the need of a rest stop, you can go directly across the bridge, back into Hunterdon County. There are rest rooms on the NJ side of the bridge at Bull’s Island.
This 33 mile route begins at Rojo's Roastery, a small-batch, artisan coffee roaster, located in the Canal Studios Building, Lambertville. Riders will enjoy many of the quieter Hunterdon County roads including Alexauken Creek Road and Dunkard Church Road. Be on the lookout for fox, deer and longhorn cattle.
There are not many places to stop to purchase food until about mile 23 when you reach the intersection in Ringoes. There you will find The Carousel and Mom’s Restaurant adjacent to each other. The Carousel is quick and easy and they offer both inside and outside seating and they are very bicycle friendly. Mom’s has a bicycle rack right out front.
Upon return to Lambertville, be sure to grab locally sourced and the locals’ favorite ice cream at Owowcow. If you are looking for a full meal, check out Thai Tida or Liberty Pizza in the same building as Rojo’s.
This beautiful 18 mile road bike route takes the cyclist from Flemington through the rolling farmlands of Readington Township. Route 523 is a busy road, but has a wide shoulder. Cyclists should ride single file until turning right onto Barley Sheaf Road. Once on Barley Sheaf Road, there are minimal cars, beautiful scenery and just enough challenge for the rider to keep it interesting. The route begins and ends at V5 Cycles, one of two Flemington bike shops. The other, Pete’s Bike & Fitness Shoppe, is nearby. If you are visiting the area and plan on staying in Flemington, accommodations can be found at Main Street Manor on Main Street, and The Hampton Inn on Royal Road near Route 202.
Rest stops offering food are limited along this route, but there are farm stands on Hillcrest Road during the warmer months.
The D& R Canal Towpath is the perfect place for a family friendly ride with spectacular views of the Delaware River and the canal. The path is surfaced with compacted grit, providing a smooth enjoyable ride. Enjoy traveling alongside the Delaware River past historic lockkeeper houses, stone arched culverts and a range of wildlife. During the warmer months, be on the lookout for eagles, herons and swans.
You can start your ride in Frenchtown, Stockton, or Lambertville. The Frenchtown to Lambertville Route is approximately 15 miles in each direction. In Frenchtown, you may leave your car in the park and ride lot at Front & Bridge Streets. The Bridge Cafe, Maria’s, Early Bird Espresso and Sunbeam General Store are all worthwhile stops before you begin your ride. Lunch and dinner spots include The National Hotel and the The Frenchtown Inn. Frenchtown also offers great shopping from the arts to clothing.
At about mile 9, you’ll reach Bull's Island where there are plenty of restrooms and hiking trails. Cross the footbridge and you will be in Lumberton, PA which offers its own towpath. A fun thing to do is cross over the bridge, get onto the PA side towpath heading south and end in New Hope, Lambertville’s sister city. An easy walk across the free bridge and you can get back on the NJ side.
You can also begin your ride in Stockton, a few miles south of Frenchtown. Street parking is available. Cravings, The Stockton Market, Stockton Food Store and Via Ponte are all great locations for a snack, coffee or a full meal. The Prallsville Mill, a short distance from the center of town, offers art galleries, restrooms, and a ton of history.
As you continue south, you will reach Lambertville. Spend some time exploring the city’s many art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops. Stop in to Pure Energy Cycling & Java House, the local bike shop for supplies, repairs, coffee or “bicycle talk”. Also, check out bikelambertville.com for more local cycling information.
The Columbia Trail is a 15 mile multi-use path that runs from High Bridge in Hunterdon County to the border of Mt. Olive and Washington Township in Morris County. The trail is built upon an abandoned railroad corridor. The route is relatively flat as it parallels the meandering South Branch of the Raritan River. The trail surface is mostly crushed stone with short segments of larger gravel or dirt. Bicycles with wider tires are recommended. The trail is perfect for the hybrid rider and is very family friendly.
Parking is available at the High Bridge Municipal parking Lot across from the trail head. A popular ride takes the rider from High Bridge, through Califon, and into Long Valley. Riders will want to stop at the spectacular Ken Lockwood Gorge, named one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Places in New Jersey” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The Gorge accessible at approximately 1 mile into the Columbia Trail. Looking down into the gorge, you'll see fly fishermen and crystal clear waters. If you are riding into Long Valley and back, there are a few places to stop along the way for snacks. The Califon General Store, about five miles in, takes you off of the trail, but it’s worth the road ride up the hill. It is great stop for breakfast or lunch, a quick coffee or to replenish your supplies. Rambo's General Store is also a good option. In High Bridge, Casa Maya, Circa, and Scouts Coffee Bar & Mercantile are all great stops for refreshment.
This 30 mile scenic ride takes you up beautiful Hogback Road in Franklin Township. The route begins at V5 Cycles, winding its way from Flemington, through historic Clinton, Franklin Township, and then back to Flemington, with one of the nicest five mile descents. If time allows, spend some time in Clinton. Stop into the Clinton Bicycle Shop, LLC located directly across from the Hunterdon Art Museum and the iconic Red Mill. The Clean Plate restaurant is right next door to the bike shop, offering outdoor seating with a spectacular view of South Branch of the Raritan River, historic truss bridge and Red Mill.
Before the ascent up Quakertown Road, consider stopping at Duke's Pizzeria & Restaurant. In addition to pizza and Italian fare, they stock energy bars, offer coffee and can replenish water bottles. Upon return there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the Flemington area.
This 24 mile roundtrip route travels out of Flemington onto the beautiful back roads of Hunterdon County. The route takes you directly to one of the county's well known vineyards for some wine tasting and beautiful views. Unionville's home vineyard is an 88.7 acre farm that had originally been part of the largest peach orchard in the United States. After enjoying some time at the vineyard, leave enough time for the return trip, which is a bit longer, but just as beautiful. As you return, at mile 21 consider stopping at the Thee Ice Cream Parlor or The Fudge Shoppe.
This 15 mile round trip excursion takes you on a direct route to the winery. There you can relax on the back patio enjoying a sip or two of your favorite wines. Old York Cellars boasts 25 beautiful acres of preserved farmland and 13 acres of rolling vineyards. If you forgot hydration or nutrition, you can make a quick stop at the Flemington WaWa about a half mile into the ride after carefully crossing Route 31.
This 20 mile ride, as originally published by Boysen Tours, "This ride starts at the Oldwick Park and skirts the foothills of the front ranges of the Appalachian highlands. On the northern part of the ride you will be at the base of the Fox Hill range and Hell Mountain. The name of the latter does not refer to its slopes, but is a shortened form of the German word for pretty. About halfway through the ride you will go through the historic village of Oldwick. The Oldwick General Store is a favorite place for cyclists and the nearby Tewsbury Inn has an outdoor cafe in the summer."
Hampton Borough Park (20 Valley Road in Hampton) is a great starting point for this beautiful 21 mile Musconetcong River Valley route which can be enjoyed in any season. Scenic views are abundant across the valley from the lower slopes of the Pohatcong and Musconetcong Mountains. The route should be ridden in the direction indicated for easiest terrain and best views. You can use the Subway or Pilot Travel Center for a rest stop about 12 miles in to the ride.
Parking is available at the start of the ride at Delaware Township School. The 29 mile ride begins with a gradual climb to the top of the Hunterdon Plateau. The top of the plateau is some of the flattest riding in this area of New Jersey. Early on, the route takes you through the Green Seargent Covered Bridge, the last covered bridge in New Jersey. On Federal Twist Road, you will drop down off the plateau. Lower Creek Road winds between hemlocks along the Wickecheoke Creek. A few climbs will bring you to the top of the Sandy Ridge with views of the Sourland Mountain to the right and the line of the Hunterdon Plateau to the left. The country between Ringoes and Sergeantsville is some of the best of the beautiful, sparsely populated, rolling farmland Hunterdon has to offer.
Beginning at Franklin Township School, Quakertown, this is a fairly flat (at least as flat as it gets in this part of New Jersey), 30 mile ride. For part of the route, you will drop down off of the plateau to the Delaware River in Frenchtown for more flat riding. Stop at Maria's, Early Bird Espresso & Mercantile or the Bridge Street Café in Frenchtown for a rest stop. The portion of the ride along the southern plateau, through Kingwood and Locktown, is especially beautiful. You may encounter more horses than cars! Another option is to stay in Frenchtown and begin your ride from the quaint river town.
This almost 45 mile route begins in Oldwick Park, just off of Old Turnpike Road, Tewksbury. It is an excellent ride for anyone looking for a challenge. Tewksbury is known for its hilly, quiet back roads. The route is designed for an experienced rider comfortable with climbing roads with little or no shoulders. It offers some great climbs. The spectacular scenery makes up for the hard work involved. There are rest stop opportunities at Woodglen General Store, Schooley's Mountain Store, and Black River General Store in Pottersville.
This is an absolutely beautiful, “off the beaten path” 25 mile road ride to one of Hunterdon’s premier wineries. The roads are typical of Hunterdon County's back road system featuring views of plenty of open space and farmland.
This route begins and ends at Main Street Manor, Main Street, Flemington. The route takes you west toward Sky Manor Airport. There are rest rooms available at the airport, along with a cozy restaurant. Enjoy a bite while watching small airplanes take off and land throughout the day. Or, stop in at adjacent Beneduce Vineyards, an award winning winery.
As you wind down your return trip, look for Mine Brook Park and Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve both in Flemington. The preserve offers a number of hiking trails along a quiet creek that continue to the Uplands Reserve.