19 Scenic Bike Trails And Paths In New Jersey

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Whether you’re a family of new or advanced bikers, discovering the best bike paths and bike trails in NJ will take you through the Garden State’s most scenic areas. And you’ll find every kind of bike path you want—from riding through picturesque towns to trails that are part of Revolutionary War history to bike paths that follow the shoreline. Scroll down to find the top biking trails in NJ, and if you need new wheels, we’ve got you covered with our guide on finding a bike shop in New Jersey near you. (featured photo credit: @olliesm)

Here are 19 Scenic Bike Paths in New Jersey

Northern Bike Trails in NJ

Boulevard Trolley Line Path
This paved path runs 2.1 miles along the exact route of a former trolley line operated by the Morris County Traction Company. With amazing views of historical homes and places in Mountain Lakes, this biking path is a great way to experience history.
Crane Road to Fanny Road
Mountain Lakes

Patriot’s Path
If you’re looking for bike trails in Morristown, NJ, this popular area has 55 miles of primary trails, 35 miles of side trails, and riverside trails. There are multiple terrain types, including crushed stone and gravel, narrow rock pathways, and pavement ideal for families and beginner riders. Fun fact—this historical path played a role in the Revolutionary War.
300 Mendham Road
Morris Township

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A scenic stop with a beautiful view. Photo Credit: @dontsithome

Paulinskill Valley Trail
This trail goes through 25 miles of New Jersey terrain, passing through Sussex and allowing for plenty of nature stops along the way. This is a popular spot for bird watching, and its shady areas and flat terrain makes it all the more fun for kids.

280 Warbasse Junction Road
Lafayette

Saddle River Park Bike Path
This path links five areas in Saddle River Park and is about 6 miles in length. If you stop by Dunkerhook Park, you’ll be able to see a beautiful waterfall, and the trail passes by three other ponds. There are also plenty of amenities like playgrounds, tennis courts, and athletic fields that you can access through this path. 
1133 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood

West Essex Trail
Situated along the former Caldwell Branch of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, this biking trail in NJ is a perfect place for the little ones in your family, as it’s just under 3 miles, with stunning historical views. The bike trail is away from neighborhoods and traffic and provides a little peace and alone time with the family.
201 Fairview Avenue
Verona

Central Bike Trails in NJ

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Get lost in the scenery that you’ll find on the Edgar Felix Bikeway Trail. Photo taken on the Edgar Felix Bikeway Trail in Wall.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
This park is one of Central Jersey’s most popular recreational areas because it protects wildlife and has charming views. You’ll pass through many historical structures while also getting a great workout.
145 Mapleton Road
Princeton

Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway
Enjoy the forest views, open fields, and farmland when you spend the day on the Bikeway. The Manasquan bike trail spans 5.2 miles before ending at Allaire State Park. Along the Bikeway are golf courses, a General Store, farmland, amazing views, and more. Spend some time at the State Park before heading back on the trail.
Main Street between Atlantic Ave and Central Ave
Manasquan

Lawrence Hopewell Trail
Lawrence Hopewell Trail has trails that encourage walking, biking, running, horseback riding, and nature observation. The flat, paved trail runs from Mount Rose Distillery to Stony Brook Watershed, allowing miles of beautiful views and amenities.

197 Blackwell Road
Pennington

Middlesex Greenway
Pedal your way through Metuchen, Woodbridge, and Edison on the Middlesex Greenway. This 3.5 mile, 10 foot wide, paved path is the perfect spot for beginner bikers. Completely secluded from any motor vehicles, this scenic space is close to local schools, parks, and neighborhoods.
Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen and Dudash Park
Edison

Gravel Hill Trail 
The Gravel Hill Trail goes to Hoffman Station and is mainly used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Its location in the forest leads to wildlife and plant observation while still being spacious and safe enough for the whole family to enjoy.

1601 Perrineville Road
Monroe

Sandy Hook Bike Path
Also known as the Multi-Use Pathway, this Sandy Hook bike path runs along the Sandy Hook Peninsula and is 8.5 miles long. There are many viewing points along the route, like a bird observatory and a wildlife observation deck. While riding along the path, stop off at some beaches or visit the historic Fort Hancock before heading back to enjoy a day at the beach.
Fort Hancock to Park Entrance Fee Plaza
Sandy Hook

Trolley Line Trail
This trail provides an excellent opportunity for families to enjoy a bike ride together, given its amenities and length. The 2.5-mile trail runs along West Windsor Community Park, where you can find soccer fields, dog parks, swimming pools, and restrooms. The trail also passes behind residential neighborhoods and the former Fast Line electric trolley route.
Rabbit Hill Road to Penn-Lyle Road
West Windsor

Island Beach State Park
Along both sides of the Island Beach State Park road, there’s a bicycle-only lane with stops at local towns north of the entrance. Occasionally, when there are no more parking spots left at the park, you’ll find the only way to enter is on your bike. Although it is not a specific path dedicated to bicycling, it is still a fun way to enjoy the park.
Route 35 South
Seaside Park

Sawmill Bike Path
This trail is short at just 1.1 miles, but it features a beautiful lake and is appropriate for riders of any age. The whole family will enjoy the greenery and simplicity, where you can also fish and hike.
918 Burnt Tavern Road
Brick

Southern Bike Trails in NJ

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Take a scenic ride through Ocean City. Photo Credit: istock/Vladone

Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain’s Single Track mountain bike trail is designed for all skill levels and ages, with three routes to choose from. Routes 2 and 3 are the longest and most technical trails at 7 and 10.5 miles, while the first route is ideal for beginner riders at 4 miles. Belleplain’s Track is perfect for sightseeing, bird watching, and enjoying nature on your bicycle.
1 Henkinsifkin Road
Woodbine

Cooper River Park
This bike path is paved and perfect for families with beginners, as the trail is a simple loop. As you ride, there are many recreational spots to stop at, like the playground, golf course, and ball fields where you can take in the stunning views and the kids can take a break.
S. Crescent Blvd to Vesper Avenue
Camden

Merchantville Bike Path
Running straight through the town of Merchantville, this smooth bike path is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a leisurely ride with the whole family. This tree-lined bike path is .75 miles long and perfect for all skill levels, and has plenty of shady spots when you need a break.
Euclid Avenue to South Center Street
Merchantville

Bike Path Through the Wildwoods
Grab your bicycles and ride along the iconic Wildwood island, a beautiful and scenic Jersey Shore bike trail. This 5-mile bike path in NJ takes you along the beach, where bikers can enjoy a bike-only area along the boardwalk.
East Cresse Ave to East Rambler Road
Wildwood Crest

Ocean City Bike Trails
Take a leisurely family-friendly bike ride through Ocean City on the OC1, take the 2.2 mile Bridge Route, or try the more advanced West Avenue Route. If you are looking for a more scenic adventure, take a ride on Ocean City’s famous 2 1/2 mile boardwalk year round, summer hours are 5 AM-12 PM from May 15-Labor Day.
Ocean City

What are your family’s favorite bike trails in NJ? Share them with us in the comments below.

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About Author

Jillian is a born and raised Jersey Girl from Lincroft—where she currently resides. As someone who has taught preschoolers and middle schoolers, and also mentored elementary schoolers, Jillian understands the complexity of child development and is excited to introduce families to New Jersey activities that can accommodate anyone. You can typically find Jillian doing creative writing, having game nights with her family, and hanging out with her two teenage cousins. Jillian's favorite activities in New Jersey include hanging out with friends at Sandy Hook, going for a scenic walk or run through Thompson Park, and enjoying some mouthwatering donuts from Delicious Orchards.

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    Don’t forget the Henry Hudson Rail Trail. Runs from Freehold to Sandy Hook. This flat 30 mile trail must run through a dozen different towns in central NJ.

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