Throughout New Jersey, there are designated bike paths that guide riders through the Garden State’s most scenic areas. While some paths tour through the streets of NJ’s most interesting towns, others avoid traffic altogether, reducing safety hazards for riders. Family bike rides are an excellent way to spend time together while getting outside, staying active, and discovering new places in New Jersey. This NJMOM guide will help you find a bike path close to home so you can take part in the fun with your family.
Here are 12 Scenic Bike Paths in New Jersey:
With three routes to chose from, the Single Track mountain bike trail is designed for all skill levels and different ages. Routes 2 and 3 are the longest and most technical trails with the first route ideal for beginner riders. This Track is perfect for sightseeing, bird watching and just enjoying nature on your bicycle.
1 Henkinsifkin Road, Woodbine, NJ 08270
This path is completely paved and runs 2.1 miles along the exact route of a former trolley line. With picturesque and amazing views of historical homes and places in Mountain Lakes, this path serves as not only a great exercise location but also a fun way to experience history. It is completely away from motor vehicles and is perfect for biking.
Crane Road to Fanny Road in Mountain Lakes, NJ
Found on Cooper River Lake, this bike path is paved and is a wonderful place for a family bike ride. Along the way you can stop at a playground for awhile or some of the other recreational facilities available such as golf course and ball fields. The views aren’t so bad either.
S. Crescent Blvd to Vesper Avenue in Camden
Enjoy the forest views, open fields and farmland when you spend the day on the Bikeway. The trail begins in Manasquan and spans 5.2 miles before ending at Allaire State Park. There are so many things to see along the Bikeway like golf courses, a General Store, amazing views and much more. Spend some time at the State Park before heading back on the trail.
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Along both sides of the Island Beach State Park road, there is a bicycle only lane that travels to some local towns north of the entrance. In the summer, occasionally there are no more parking spots left at the park and the only way to enter is on your bike. Although it is not a specific path dedicated to bicycling, this way is still a fun way to enjoy the park.
Route 35 South, Seaside Park, NJ
Running straight through the town of Merchantville, this paved bike path is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a leisurely ride with the whole family. Winding through residential neighborhoods, this tree lined bike path is .75 miles long and perfect for all skill levels.
Euclid Avenue to South Center Street, Merchantville, NJ
Make your way through Metuchen, Woodbridge and Edison on the Middlesex Greenway. this 3.5 mile paved path is the perfect spot for beginner bikers. Completely secluded from any motor vehicles, this picturesque space is also close to local schools, parks and neighborhoods.
Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen and Dudash Park, Edison, NJ
This Path has multiple types of terrain including crushed stone and gravel, narrow rock pathways, and pavement. The tougher terrain is generally ideal for skilled bicyclists, while the paved area is better for families and beginner riders. With 55 miles of main trails and 35 miles of off the beaten track trails, there is something for everyone.
300 Mendham Road, Morris Township, NJ
Also known as the Multi-Use Pathway, this bike path runs along the Sandy Hook Peninsula and is 8.5 miles long. There are many viewing points along the path like a bird observatory and wildlife observation deck. While you are riding along the path, stop off at some of the beaches or visit the historic Fort Hancock.
Fort Hancock to Park Entrance Fee Plaza, Sandy Hook, NJ
Comprised completely of asphalt, this trail provides a great opportunity for families to enjoy a bike ride together. The 2.5 mile trail runs along West Windsor Community Park where you can find soccer fields dog parks, swimming and rest rooms. The trail also passes behind residential neighborhoods and the former Fast Line electric trolley route.
Rabbit Hill Road to Penn-Lyle Road, West Windsor, NJ
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11. West Essex Trail
Situated along the former Caldwell Branch of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, this trail is picturesque with historic views. The trail is set off from the dense neighborhoods and traffic and provides a little peace and alone time with the family. This trail is a perfect place for the little ones in your family.
201 Fairview Avenue, Verona, NJ
Grab your bicycles and take a beautiful ride along the Wildwood Crest Bike Path. Spanning almost the entire length of the island, this 5 mile path takes you along the beach where bikers can enjoy a bike only area. Cyclists are also allowed on the boardwalk.
The Wildwoods, NJ