Cape May Shoreline Ride
This 46-mile loop is a classic New Jersey ride. It begins at the Lighthouse
located at the southern tip of Cape May where the Atlantic Ocean meets
the Delaware Bay. The ride passes multiple highlights and attractions
including the zoo, wetlands and Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary.
Cooper River Park
This urban park has nearly 350 acres of land filled with an impressive
array of activities including golf, a stadium and a splash of culture
with a sculpture garden. There are two small bike paths within the park.
One is a quick one- mile paved path while the other is a nearly 4mile
loop traveling from Cuthbert to Route 130. Although the bike paths are
short, there is much to do in and around this family- friendly River Park.
Delaware & Raritan Canal Trail
This trail, also known as the D&R Trail follows the canal path built
in the 1830s to facilitate transport between Philadelphia and New York.
The 70- mile trail has end points in Frenchtown and New Brunswick with
both gravel and crushed stone trails. Trails are wheelchair accessible
and are used for multi-sports including cross country skiing and mountain biking.
Hartshore Woods Park
Hartshore Woods Park is home to nearly 800 acres of land within Monmouth
County, New Jersey. Three main entry points are Buttermilk Valley, Rocky
Point and Claypit Creek. The park is rich in history and contains an active
archeology site in Claypit Creek as well as historic bunkers remnants
of a time when the Park was part of the country’s coastal defense.
14 miles of challenging trails are out there for the enjoyment of cyclists,
hikers and walkers. Fishing enthusiasts have the Navensink River while
winter months bring cross country skiing to this park.
Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
This very short (1.5 mile) trail follows along the Hudson River in Jersey
City. End points are Essex Street and Newport parkway. This concrete trail
allows cyclists to see stunning views of Manhattan.
Island Beach State Park
Island Beach is an area of 3,000 acres with 10 miles of coastal dunes.
The park lies between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This State
Park touts itself as one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches
in the North Atlantic Coast. The park is home to falcons, osprey colonies
and other birds of interest. A wide range of vegetation and plants exist
here with tidal marshes and wetlands. The paved bike path on this Island
Beach is 9 miles long with easy, flat riding.
McDade Recreational Trail
The McDade Recreational Trail can be found within the Delaware Water Gap
which spans between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The gravel trail is 32
miles and runs parallel to the Delaware River. Scenic views range from
wooded sections, rolling farms, rivers and streams. To give you a sense
of the environmental importance within this region, the site notes that
trailheads at Pittman Orchard and Conashaugh are closed Dec 15 –
July 15 for eagle nesting!
Rails to Trails in New Jersey
This excellent website gives you the ability to search and explore 75 rails
to trails in the state of New Jersey. The list starts with Atlantic County
Bikeway and rolls all the way down to Woodbine RR Trail. Visitors to this
site can filter search requests by the types of trail surface to the activities
(bike, birding, fishing, etc).
Cross Camden Country Trail
Camden County is embarking on an extensive endeavor to create a trail which
spans across the entire county from the Camden waterfront to Atlantic
City. The anticipate 33- mile trail is envisioned to be multi-use (bike,
walk, etc). Planning is being coordinated with the Delaware Valley Regional
Planning Commission (DVRPC) to ensure trail network compatibility across
LOCAL (Training) RIDES/MEET-ups
as compiled by local bike clubs:
Below are two cycling clubs with links to their local rides. If you are
interested in searching for other cycling teams and their local rides,
check out the link below with a full directory of New Jersey Cycling Clubs.https://highaltitude2u.com/new-jersey-cycling-club-directory-ezp-167.html
Bicycle Touring Club of New Jersey
Princeton Free Wheelers