Contact by Email, Borough Hall Hours Gotta see it. The trail crosses the river on a high trestle, which, as of my last trip, was not completely improved but passable. In some spots, the trail parallels an existing neighborhood road and the joggers use this.This part of the course leads you out onto a main road with a beautiful view of mountains in the background and a tree farm/nursery of many hundreds of acres. The owner is a friendly guy who loves to talk fishing. It is now open and the ride is quite smooth. Much of the trail was resurfaced in Spring 2013, and the light colored soft stone used is deep and soft, like sand, worse in some places than others, and breaking down worse in some places than others, such as between Califon and Washington(border with Morris Cty). But still nice. The good news is there is a very nice (unposted) detour that uses River Road. The South Branch of the Raritan River parallels the trail through the gorge, and is a scenic fast-flowing small river with recreational activities, especially fly fishing. Camping or cooking is not allowed along the trail and there are no restroom facilities along the trail. Columbia Rail Trail Trail map . Today on my trail adventure I was able to take a photo of a fawn in the river and some turtles. I highly recommend this trail. That said, the trail gradually slopes down in this direction, with the majority of the decent occurring over the last three miles as you approach High Bridge. So I get to the 15 mile marker and turn around. The Taylor Steelworkers Greenway in High Bridge, the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Califon and Schooley's Mountain County Park in Long Valley. There were a number of people going up half way and returning. To reach the southern end of the trail in High Bridge take I-78 to Exit 17 [Clinton], continue north on NJ 31 for 1.9 miles and turn right onto County 513. For the segment of the Columbia Trail described here, I used my road bike and it was okay, but I think a wider-tired bike would be better. The Columbia Trail, is a 16.5 miles of flat, multi-use, linear trail with natural and gravel tread. I showed 14.8 miles one way - 29.6 round trip - from the begining parking lot to the nice park in High Bridge with picnic tables and a much needed porta- john. It starts at the free day parking lot. I cycled to the route’s southern most trailhead in High Bridge, Hunterdon County. Follow the Columbia Trail for approximately 1/4 mile looking on the Right for the trailhead gate that includes a sign and entrance for the famous Lake Solitude Dam. Cute towns along the way, friendly people and great riding surface. The trail is good for all skill levels but is and offers a number of activity options. Enjoy! Anyway, third trip - and it's nice to have a loop! Signs were placed there and I will go out today to make sure they are still up and if not I will replace them. A notable portion of the Columbia Trail is the Ken Lockwood Gorge, between Califon and High Bridge (2½ miles north of High Bridge). 0.12 Cross Taylor Street. The Morris County Park Commission has done considerable work on the trail from Schooley's Mountain Road in the middle of Long Valley to where the trail meets the Hunterdon County line. "This was our first trail experience, and it was a blast. Some parts require mask wearing, please comply. The only other thing I would remark on is that there are two large trees that block the trail and require dragging your bike through. There are a couple of small hills but it is mostly flat. It was threatening rain and I barely made it before it came a downpour. The Pa. tandem team, combined age of 131 years, recommends this trail. This is a great warm up for both the new Flow Trails as well as the Nassau Trail system. Make a right until you see the farm wood picket fence on your left and turn across the road. If we have to pick up after our dogs ..I think the same should apply with horses. At the beginning of the ride, from High Bridge, pay attention to both sides of the trail. Rode part of the Columbia trail today but had to stop due to the rainy weather. There are parking areas along the route so you don't have to ride the whole thing. Not bad at all but can be a bit tiring on the back half of the trip if you start form the Northern trail head. It only took me living in Long Valley for 13 years to discover this trail.The only complaint I have is what the horse's left behind . :). Columbia Trailis a recreational trail in rural northwestern New Jersey in the town of High Bridge. I added miles by Parking in Long Valley Ride to High Bridge back to Flanders and back to High Bridge and Back to Long Valley Sunny Hot upper 70's to Low 90's. 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