Where To Ride
Lawrence – Hopewell Trail
This perfectly named cycling/walking trail is a 25 mile mostly flat circle trail… one significant hill.
The trail can be assessed at any point. Popular points to enter the trail are ETS and Lawrenceville.
The trail map can be viewed here.
Delaware + Raritan Canal State Park Towpath ……. Frenchtown to Trenton
The section of the towpath was used by horses that pulled coal barges from Pennsylvania to New York City for over 100 years in the 19th and first third of the 20th century. Today it is a major bike trail over 26 miles long. This part of the trail is parallel to the Delaware River and can be easily found and accessed in Lambertville, Stockton and Frenchtown. Significantly there is also a trail on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River which permits you to cycle up the river on the NJ side and return on the Pa side. You can cross the River at Stockton, Bull’s Island, Frenchtown and Lambertville.
The trail map can be viewed here.
Delaware + Raritan Canal State Towpath ……. Trenton to New Brunswick
This section of the D+R Bike Trail is about 30 miles long and can be easily accessed in Princeton where the trail crosses Alexander Road about 1/3 mile west of Route 1. Going north from Princeton takes the cyclist to New Brunswick. Going south from Princeton ends in Trenton. It is possible to connect to the Lawrenceville Hopewell Trail on this section of the D+R Towpath.
It is also possible to connect the sections of the D+R trail on each side of Trenton. However, there is no bike trail through Trenton.
A complete map of the D+R Towpath can be viewed here.
Princeton FreeWheelers and other bike clubs
The PFW Bike Club is a very active club with over 600 members and dozens of volunteer lead bike rides each month. The Club produces a monthly newsletter showing all the A, B and C rides. (If you are not sure of your relative level of fitness we suggest you start with the C rides.) To join a ride all you need do is to show up at the designated start point at the designated start time. The rides are listed in the monthly newsletter. All rides end where they began.
Other clubs include: Western Jersey Wheelmen and Central Jersey Bicycle Club.
More information about the Princeton Free Wheelers can be viewed here.
Sourland Mountains and other lovely rural cycling areas in our area
We are fortunate to live in one of the best road biking areas in the US… seriously. These include the Sourland “Mountains”, the area just east of the Delaware River between Route 78 and Trenton, and the flat area east of Allentown, NJ.
If you would like to enjoy some of these great rides, and get to know Rural NJ better, we suggest you purchase “Rural New Jersey by Bicycle Volume 1” by Thornton Holmes that was originally published in 1999 and just updated in 2016. This book of extremely well defined and lovely quiet bikes rides can be purchased here.
The Rapha Women’s 100 (km) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28590966
Kerri’s 50-mile Birthday Ride https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28597124
A road ride with some gravel pieces thrown in; 40 mile Gravel course #1 : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28935298
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/27202569 – 27.2 miles, 1767 feet of elevation gain, keeps us close to the shop
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/22833447 – 50.5 miles, 3301 feet of elevation gain
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20208848 – 30 miles, 2139 feet of elevation gain
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/16831497 – 24 miles, 1653 feet of elevation gain
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20929221 – 34.7 miles, 2548 feet of elevation gain.
For Mountain Biking there are lots of options as well. We even have short trails near the shop for test rides.
Please support MTBNJ and JORBA, because trails just don’t build themselves. It takes people, time, tools, responsibility, respect and good will toward all park users.
Nearby we have BaldPate County Park, Sourland Mountain, Six-Mile Run, Mercer County Park, Mercer Meadows for beginners, Allaire State park, Clayton Park, the Water Company, and more. And in Pennsylvania, Core Creek and Nokamixon are close.
See for yourself.
For more Mountain biking ideas, locations and details, go to:
Enjoy your cycling!