Columbia Trail- High Bridge to Long Valley
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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.
Califon Island Park
High Bridge Municipal Parking Lot
Main Street of High Bridge