The Western Jersey Wheelmen do an excellent job of creating routes throughout the entire County and
we thank them for this particular one that travels from Whitehouse to Hacklebarney State Park and back.
The hilly area of the northern part of the county is well worth it due to the quiet, tree lined roads perfect for
Fall leaf peeping while pedaling. This route touches on all of the northern areas including Califon and
Tewksbury, both known for their picturesque farmland. Although the route officially begins on Oldwick
Road, other starting points include Cold Brook Preserve or in Califon.
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Special thanks to the Western Jersey Wheelmen for sharing this route with us.
This beautiful, low traffic 35 mile route passes through picturesque farmland with plenty of horses, cows and pigs to be seen along the ride. The only real climb is early on to get up and onto the Hunterdon County Plateau. Once there, the terrain is mostly flat with a few short rolling areas. There are also many places to cut the route shorter if necessary. Be sure to bring plenty of water and nutrition because there are virtually no stores along the way. There are, however, plenty of places for coffee, food, and, of course, beer at the start and end of the route.
Beginning and ending at the historic Praillsville Mill, this rolling ride was first made popular by the NJ Conservation Foundation for their short-lived Tour de Open Space. The route was one of the local cyclists's favorites. It's also now part of the Hunterdon County Beer Trail and this route ends right near Odd Bird Brewing. There are many ways to add or shorten the route and the start location is the site of many beautiful road and trail routes. Make a long weekend of riding with a stay at the Woolverton Inn for some of the best riding Hunterdon County has to offer.
Modified from a route created by David Kokinda
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This 33 mile route begins at Luminary Coffee, 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 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 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.
NJ's ultimate gravel adventure, High Bridge Gravel will be held in beautiful downtown High Bridge NJ on April 29, 2023. The route is 57 miles long with 4400' of climbing. You'll be provided with lots of gravel goodness with some sections never before featured in any other event to date. Register Here
Jersey Gravel Grinder is on the calendar for May 21st. Learn more and register here.
Farmland Ride will be held on June 11th. Registration is on BikeReg.
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