Rode the trail today. The three horses riding side-by-side when I last rode there were very intimidating and only reluctantly moved aside as I came up. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. There were over 100 trees cleared from the trail. I just want to thank Columbia Gas for letting this trail happen. Lovely scenery year round. Overall, we traveled 12 of the 15 total miles of the trail, making for a 24 mile round trip. If you're going to bike the whole thing, my recommendation would be to start in High Bridge and go north, as it felt like the entire trail is almost entirely (albeit slightly) uphill going northward, and there is a lot more parking on the High Bridge end too, as there's a decent sized free municipal lot just across East Main St from the trail head. I am proud to say that I am the very first person in the entire world to have ridden a recumbent fatrike the entire length if the Columbia trail!! 31N. You ride past horse farms and cattle pastures. Amply parking in Califon, Long Valley and High Bridge. Surface rights to the railroad went to the parks departments of Morris and Hunterdon Counties.The trail spans from High Bridge to Bartley near Flanders NJ.The trail A beautiful view for the entire way with 95% of the ride in the shade. Awesome, peaceful, beautiful surroundings. Lead by Hunterdon County Park System Chief Naturalist: Tom Sheppard ... Borough of High Bridge, 97 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ, 08829. Once you get to the parking lot in High Bridge the trail ends. Guided Trail Walk in Celebration of the Trail’s 20th Anniversary May 2, 2015. There aren't that many places in rural NJ you can get in a 30 mile ride without hills. I also like the Sussex branch trail however it is interrupted by rt. Cycle Craft View more. Keep your eyes open as you will see so many awesome wonders on this trail! I have the 26" wheeled version of the Trident Terrain fatrike and my son has the 20" wheel version. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create a miniature land of makebelieve along this trail. I plan to do my marathon training on this trail this summer. The trail is meticulously maintained with only one or two brief sections that are not super smooth. There’s a porta potty or two at the High Bridge trailhead that are horribly vile. This trail is great for those who like to travel uphill one way and downhill on the way back. Many thanks to jrutch for documenting that short, little trail interruption. River Road is unpaved for much of the detour and not a through road for vehicles. High Bridge. Now that I am older, my wife and I decided to take a ride and re-discover this hidden gem. Very nice, we went off the trail to see the "waterfall". This trail comes highly recommended. This has greatly diminished the pleasure of this one smooth and easy ride. Then go 0.9 mile, and bear left onto Bartley Road. save hide report. I just did the section starting at the eastern terminus near Flanders and ending at the Morris/Hunterdon border parking lot. trail head. I rode it! http://youtu.be/R3mYD62r870. this trail always gets 5 stars - we ride it easily once or twice a year - never disappointed - we always start in high bridge and get to the 11 mile point - there's a trailhead/parking lot there and we could never find the supposed connection to the other 4 miles - but today we finally figured it out and since it is a little tricky (or maybe we get confused easy) - here's how it goes ......
cross that street into the other paved parking lot (very important there is a port a john hidden there) .......get on the crushed gravel trail that takes you around the housing development .... then you kind of hit a fork in the trail with no signs or directions .... left looks industrial, right looks woodsy ..... GO LEFT ..... you may want to walk it through this section, go around the concrete block that used to block the trail, go over the rusted steel bridge, and you'll re-pickup the trail right before the locked gate on the right (this little section is only about 0.1-0.2 miles) AFter that you have another 3.5 or so miles making this a 15 mile one way/30 mile round trip --- HAVE FUN. Parking is available at the High Bridge Municipal parking Lot across from the trail head. The use of this trail by equestrians should be banned. Passenger service ended in 1935, followed by cancellation of freight in 1976. Historically, the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey extended from the town of High Bridge, where it connected to the main line of the railroad, north to Hopatcong Junction, where it split into spurs that served several iron mines. There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. The path is easy to walk in decent shoes, mostly gravel, some dirt areas. The three towns along the trail are pretty evenly spread out giving you plenty of options for start points as well as places to take a coffee or lunch break. This little bit of heaven on earth is a can't miss for anyone that rides. Great ride. And I have been on trails all over New Jersey. It wouldn't take someone more than a week to clean up every last bit of it, using a golf cart and a scooper. Follow SR 24 by turning right onto Schooleys Mountain Road. There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. Slight grade going east makes coming back to Highbridge a faster ride-total is a little over 7 miles. The new fence was constructed to shield the new homes from the steel plant. Highly recommend this trail for walking, biking or horse back riding. Anyway, third trip - and it's nice to have a loop! Went to another park a few times but it was to short a trail .I thought 15 miles was nice, round trip 30. Little ponds with turtles/frogs, birds, trickling creeks flowing to the river which is almost always in sight; it is beautiful. There is a waterfall at Union Forge. I hope the county/state makes an effort to preserve the adjacent woods and farmland so that future generations can continue to enjoy the rural heritage that accompanies this trail. Take time to stop and take a closer look at them. It starts out going through the back end of High Bridge, through Ken Lockwood Gorge, up through Califon and Long Valley, and ending at Bartley Rd, right at the border with Mount Olive. I decided to ride this trail today because reviews on this site suggested nice scenery. Summer foliage on the Columbia Trail in High Bridge, NJ. The trail surface is flat that's topped with a thin layer of crushed gravel. Turn left onto CR 626. In front is an old section of the railroad tracks, a train signal and a bell. At this point, there is a tremendous drop towards the river on your right. There are geocaching spots along the way where it is more residential and we have past a few families with small children biking those areas. Very well maintained. The trail can now be ridden from end to end without detours. You won't be sorry. The trail also parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River a lot of the way, which is kind of neat because you start out seeing it as a sizable river flowing through the gorge to it being almost a small creek at the northern end. If you cross Bartley Rd you can also see the beginning of the active portion of the rail line. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. There was a section about 30 yards or so you have to walk beause the gravel has washed away. I was very impressed with the upkeep of the trail, especially after Sandy took its toll on the area just a few months ago. There is a good mix of scenery, old houses, corn fields, streams, etc. Had a great lunch in Califon before returning to our car. Make a left onto Cokesbury and then a right to continue on (Raritan) River Road. The trail is mainly compact gravel and should be OK for just about all type bikes tires. I always start at High Bridge and work my way towards Long Valley. Overall, a good place to get away from the rat race and get back to nature. Most of the crossings are gravel roads to 1 or 2 houses, though you do cross the main drag at one point. )Different scenery, woods and farms and rivers(no gorge) . You will know when you cross over into Hunterdon County. I rode this trail for the first time this past weekend. There are very nice restroom facilities present at both ends of the trail. This section has a few park benches near the river, and a few pretty bridges-trail to bridge transitions seem to be an ongoing issues due to shift- we've seen cones/safety tape, but just be careful, as we rode it weekly, and the transitions were fine sometimes, but really bad others(bring a spare tire & pump!) It was closed for a year, but the improvement has been worth the wait. Been road biking for a while now, and after a car almost ran me over I decide to try trails. There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. You have to go around to the back of the old Welsh Farms property to find it. I took a spill there on a curve when the trail grabbed my tire. The route is shady. ", "A great rail trail if you like it a little agressive. For the most part the trail surface is smooth and easy to ride with our hybrid bikes. This is a carry in carry out trail. Everyone is very friendly on the trail. Sometimes kids are selling lemonaid at Schooley's mountain lot for Alex's Lemonaid- bring a few bucks just in case. Tree farms. We encountered a couple of very short stretches where the trail was soft and at the very upper end was a little very rough gravel that made going tough, but most of them could be skirted on the edge. I would recommend this trail to anyone. Highly recommended for biking/running. 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Union Forge Heritage Association. Columbia Rail Trail Trail map . Right around the Corner From Cycle Craft in Long Valley, NJ. The majority of the trail is gravel, with the beginning 1-2 miles paved. A great ride for kids. It is a steep, risky scramble on foot through a fragile woods area down to the Lake Solitude spillway. Also, about 1/4 mile south of the trailhead there is a fishing access parking lot, though not easily spotted. This bridge is impassable at the moment but is due to be refurbished the summer of 2008. The only real 'hazard' we encountered was the walnuts falling from the trees onto the trail (we initially thought someone was throwing things at us :-) We started our ride in High Bridge after stopping for a quick lunch at the cafe connected to Casa Maya less than a half mile from the trailhead (also serves breakfast). Heading in a southeasterly direction from the Columbia Trail, this trail proceeds to the historic structures of the TISCO Complex and then onto a 100 year old truss bridge. You'll know you reached this spot when you see an abandoned beige stone structure. There are parking areas along the route so you don't have to ride the whole thing. One is near a steel fabricator and the Welsh Farms complex in Long Valley (dilapidated bridges will force you to walk your bike or use the street). The trail is mostly crushed stone from High Point to the 7 mile marker; and the rest of the way, 4 miles to next parking lot, was a bit finer gravel base. There was actually a charity ride happening but yet the trail wasn't crowded. The trail was very popular with plenty of other cyclists, walkers and runners, which was great for a solo rider like myself and pretty much everyone was friendly with a wave and 'hello' to see you on your way. High Bridge is a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States.As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,648, reflecting a decline of 128 (-3.4%) from the 3,776 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 110 (-2.8%) from the 3,886 counted in the 1990 Census. Other data acquired from NJDEP and NJDOT. Eventually you will come to a company parking lot and you just follow the parking lot until you hit the trail again. Be prepared with your own drinks and food, since there is almost nothing up there. Hint: All along the trail are yellow natural gas markers. Columbia Trail: (Unblazed except Patriot's Path, Gillete Trail, and Highlands Trail, 15 miles) 0.00 Columbia Trail begins on Main Street, Rt 513 in High Bridge NJ. HIGH BRIDGE, NJ. A few small dips remain and we experienced several areas that were a little muddy. Not too busy. Once you pass through Califon you enter into the Lockwood Gorge, Wow! that have been placed on rocks, under trees, next to a brook,etc. Also, several portable toilets are stationed at the trailhead in High Bridge (the only place I saw any along the entire route).Scenery along the trail consists mostly of very heavily wooded areas, but I did pass by a few farms, quaint business districts in both Long Valley and Califon, and a quiet residential neighborhood in Tewksbury (there are very short on-street trail segments here and in Califon). The trail is smooth enough that any will work fine. On Oct 18, 2014, a member of the Biking NJ Rail Trails Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/njrtriders/) found the Columbia Trail blocked near the new Toll Brothers Developement and Frazers Steel in Long Valley. Here are some of the of those opportunities. If you start and finish in Long Valley there is a Bike shop that rents bikes at the intersection of rts 24 and 513. One of our favorite trails is the Columbia Trail, which we pick up in the little town of High Bridge. Track is wide enough for a car most of the time. Not overly crowded and the large width of the trail helped make passing easy. This made it much more comfortable for our 82 degree July ride. For those wishing to bring their bikes in via public transportation, the High Bridge trailhead is also within a few short blocks of NJ Transit’s Raritan Line train station in High Bridge.There are two minor off-trail detours along the route. It’s generally level and the elevation difference is minimal from end to end. You can get a .pdf version of a map that shows the details at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/application3/pdf/ColumbiaTrail.pdf. If you are inexperienced in going long distances, the difficulty here might not suit you. The southern seven miles are the best as the surface is better and the scenery is also better. Fred", great parking in high bridge the trail is a little bumpy at first + you have to carry your bike across 3 bridges one which is awesome.Don't stop when you get to the tree farm keep riding the trail across the street you will pick up the trail again for 5 miles of great riding, TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Main St. at Church St. (High Bridge) and Bartley Road (Washington Township). Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. We rode this trail this weekend.Great trail for all ages. The Pa. tandem team, combined age of 131 years, recommends this trail. What?? The hooves have dug up the surface and abundant horse manure is not easily dodged. Wish I had a tougher bike to tackle this trail again, but a road bike with thick treads might be sufficient enough. Just be aware of this interruption. Amazing. High Bridge, NJ 08829. There is also one section, just north of the Long Valley parking area, where the surface hasn't been packed down well and it's soft. A few less than what I do on the road but I knew I could handle it. Connecting bridge over SB Raritan set to open in 2009. Merge onto NJ 31 N, go 1.9 miles, and turn right onto W. Main St. Go 1.1 miles, and turn right onto Bridge St. Then go 400 feet, and turn left onto Main St. Go 0.2 mile, and look for parking on the left.To reach the southwest trailhead from I-78 E, take Exit 16. 40.66949, -74.896492 You will be on a paved, gated path crossing several side streets through town before the trail becomes crushed stone at the Columbia Trail sign and information board. Check the trees along the trails; seasonal sightings include Brown Creeper, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Palm, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers and Yellow-throated Vireo. Also, at the nursery, just as you enter the woods going west, there’s a 10-yard stretch where the gravel used to repair the trail is not packed at all, and if you aren’t careful you’ll end up beaching your bike in the “drifts” or sliding to a fall … we found that you’ll want to stay to the far left if you can, where it is a bit firmer. Also, there were a couple of spots just north of Schooleys Mtn Rd behind a steel yard where there was some recent rain damage. The trail is always in perfect condition, this sunday october 9 i will be hiking it to the Oktoberfest at Circa restaurant in High Bridge.Great stop after a fun hike or bike. If you do any part of this trail this is definetly the section to do. This really was only noticeable for a few hundred yards near a couple horse stables. 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. The Taylor Steelworkers Greenway in High Bridge, the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Califon and Schooley's Mountain County Park in Long Valley. (We don't really mind the horse poop,and enjoy seeing the horses, but they really are adversely affecting the trail bed). Fortunate to have this trail so close by to our house. We started in High Point and did 9 miles out and 9 miles back in 2 hours of pure ridding time. (across the street a few hundred feet along the trail NE.) We love this trail, and make a point to visit each weekend during the warm months. Local Info. share. The trail also entered the Ken Lockwood Gorge, which was a spectacular sight and made the trip worth it- the trail was mid-way up the mountainside and overlooked the river below. The sign only states Authorizes Vehicles Only. The west section of the trail is also part of the highlands trail. to explore the old mill and farm towns, antique shops and townsfolk.I counted 116 trail users in 16 miles. The trail surface is nicely packed gravel that is virtually flat almost the entire length. The trail spans segments of both Morris County (100.4 acres) and Hunterdon County. ( that was once a problem the steepness of some streets caused me to wimp out when i was 53, but now at 56, & 20# lighter, i'm able to climb better) The trip is also more 'scenic fun' in the later Fall; as the trees are usually bare and you can see the water & rocks more clearly. Found a cool country sandwich place in Califon up the cross road. You'll go under a bridge and it will end just up ahead. I measured the Morris section just shy of 8 miles. There are adequate bridges and many trails leading off into the woods. For more information about this trail contact Union Forge Heritage Association at 908-638-3200
WILDLIFE: Bald Eagles are a familiar sight in the region. We came up from South Jersey to check out this trail. The parks department keeps it in excellent condition and the views are breath taking. Foliage along the Columbia Trail in High Bridge, NJ. My wife and I took the trail this AM going from High Bridge to the "Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway" (on this site) trail, took it to River Road, and biked the road to Califon (read my post on that trail on how to get to River Road). The trail was well maintained for the 3 miles that I walked. I would definitely recommend it and plan to ride it again. Freshly graveled too. We have ridden the pine creek trail at the grand canyon of PA and other rails to trails in Elk county Pa. I was on my very old Mt Bike with a town and country tire and it work great for me. Sure, twice, but that's why we carry spare tubes, a pump etc. Also, he is re-blazing the old "locals" trail that heads down to the Taylor Wharton factory property. RT 78W to exit 17 for Rt. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. I've seen ridiculous suggestions that people should pick up after them. to Pt. Parking for 5-10 cars is available at the easternmost end of the Columbia Trail in Hunterdon County. Continue a few miles more back to High Bridge and the end (or start) of the trial, back to the parking lot. Trees cover both sides of the trail providing plenty of shade. Anyone who has never had the honor to ride this trail is missing something very special. Enjoy! 15.1 Trail ends at CR 625/Bartley Road. Down below are joggers and fishers who use the trail below that follows the river. Can't wait until next time hopefully we will complete the trial. Today on my trail adventure I was able to take a photo of a fawn in the river and some turtles. Don't let this review prevent you from riding this wonderful and pretty trail. A notable portion of the Columbia Trail is the Ken Lockwood Gorge, between Califon and High Bridge (2½ miles north of High Bridge). There is about 50 feet of dirt trail that is not completed, but it goes through all the way. The trailhead is in High Bridge with the terminus located… Columbia Trail 2015-03-05T20:36:43-05:00. Rode from Long Valley to High Bridge and back. Next, I got to do the bottom 7.7 miles of the trail. Columbia Trail is a 13 mile trail from Schooley Mtn Rd. The steep slopes and boulders create a whitewater paradise for kayakers. I have gone here alone and with family and friends-- always a fun time. late August 2009:
The storms over the past couple of months caused a lot of damage to the trail, and the patches that were made seem to be not as solidly packed as the original surface. Of course, you can always just go for part of the trail. 22, and go 0.3 mile. If you stay on the trail, you will see some awesome views of the river below. The lookout is shrouded by trees. The entire trail from beginning to the end is 15 miles and it provide a mile markers. About 3-1/2 miles into the trail, the path was interrupted by a company called Frazier Industrial and Toll Brothers Enclave at Long Valley. This is my current favorite trail. It’s mostly covered by canopy so if you’re there in the summer you’d be better off loading up on bug spray rather than sunscreen. Although the greenery is lush and foresty you can still get glimpses of people's properties along the route. It would be nice had this stayed an active railroad and then the town of High Bridge and the towns around it might have benefitted. If you don't count damaged surface for ~ 1 mile long by horses - everything else is just perfect. The trail is mostly crushed limestone and ballast. Both my wife and I ride city bikes, and my wife ended up with a flat tire (fortunately it happened on our way back near the trail head). Of course, towards the street crossings, things get just a tad populated. Even though most of it is shady, we like going there on a day that is on the cooler side because it is a trip to the end and back. The Columbia Trail provides enough scenic variety from quiet creeks to rolling farmland to keep the ride interesting. The river was full of anglers in hip boots, and the daffodils along the trail in High Bridge were almost at peak bloom. It's multi use so watch out for other users. Thank you thank you. Enjoy the up close and personal view through the Gorge along the river! Overall, this is a very, very good trail! Right as you enter, on the right the tracks begin again. The trail is high above the canal with a great view. Keep in mind this is also used pretty frequently as a bridle trail in spots, especially near one of the crossings of 513 south of Long Valley. There is good parking at the High Bridge Municipal Parking Lot at the southern end of trail. Enter an optional name and contact email address. 23 in this area, ther were no fumes to detract from those nature provided. Up ahead is a parking lot and park and it will go through a neighborhood on streets but it's very quiet and barely any traffic. Excellent microbrews & BBQ available as well. This afforded us some more distance and easy parking. Add one. This trail has become one of my favorites in New Jersey. It was a very hot day, high 90 degrees, but it didn't feel too awful because there is so much tree shade cover. There are multiple parking lots at High Point: This route starts at the large “Appalachian Trail Hiker Parking” lot on Rt 23 once in the park, on the left, just after two stone pillars. In some places, the smell of wildflowers and/or cedar is overpowering. With the leaves off the trees you could see so much more scenery from the trail that you can't see in the summer. Get your walking stick shield ($3.00) from Troop 149, 8 Robin Lane, High Bridge NJ … There are plenty of resting spots, and the trail can be easily modified for those looking for a shorter jaunt. Sometimes the turns are severe. We drive about a half hour to access this trail. Take a few minutes to explore. A local scout leader informed me that they were unable to plant new bulbs this past year because the donor did not supply any. 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. Where the Columbia Trail enters High Bridge, the Lake Solitude Dam holds significance for its civil engineering design and for the role that it played in permitting Taylor-Wharton ironworks, downstream, to expand. It is great to walk even in the snow. Was a porter potty in parking lot. When they cross the road, you turn right with the road and just ahead on your left you will see the tracks end with a triangle stopper (whatever it's called). Here and there you will come across an array of small "structures" (resembling houses, garages, cabins, etc.) There are Mile Markers every 1/4 of a mile but it are split up into the southern end of one though seven and then the Northern end one to three and a half. I started at Bartley Road in Washington Township and rode the entire trail to High Bridge and back - just over 30 miles. One note: the trail is uphill from High Bridge to Long Valley, so take that into consideration when planning your trip if you're a casual rider. What a shame this trail isn't being used. 1 hour 6 minute ride. DON'T MISS: Several miles north of High Bridge, the Columbia Trail passes over Ken Lockwood Gorge Bridge, built 80 feet above the gorge floor. I rode from Bartley road to High Bridge on this great trail. Some farmhouses along the way which I envied. Today I rode the 15 miles up from High Bridge, but for a change of pace I detoured onto River Road in Califon on the return trip, riding right along the river all the way back. Someone stated this trail is inclined in both directions- this is untrue. Several bridge crossings, some big some small, added great vantage points to the trail as well. Leaving the community, you’ll cross three junctions with the Patriots’ Path, a 35-mile-long multiuse trail. I thought I would average 15 mph.What time is it? Flat path with wonderful foliage and tree covered shade all the way through which was amazing. This trail is awesome and though I have never gone past Califon I hope to when it opens for public use. Regardless how far you go it will be a ride you will be glad you did and will want to come back for more. Fourteen miles of great scenery from High Bridge to the county line and back. At the top of the hill is the New Jersey Transit High Bridge Station. The most beautiful of trail views are located within the gorge area between Califon and High Bridge.The lures of this trail are most definitely its excellent surface conditions and routine right-of-way upkeep. Great biking, birding and hiking trail. Follow the fence until it ends and then take a right back on the trail. Dirt road and crushed stone trails lead you to historic sites. Trail is paved. We now prefer the next 8 miles from Morris County border to Bartley Rd. Some bicycle clubs should adopt it to help maintain it. But the reblooming existing bulbs are attractive, if not as dense as usual. It is well maintained gravel trail that's practically flat. It did not interfere with our enjoyment of this beautiful trail. I won't be back until I know that horses are no longer allowed on this trail. I enjoyed this part of it. You could also park at the opposite end of the canal trail if you want to. Second takeaway is that the trail has so much droppings of animal feces that it reeks throughout the entire ride! Other than avoiding the horses' droppings, the trail in the latter southern stage became more scenic as I passed over the south branch of the Raritan River several times. If you would like to live near the trail there is an open house in Califon 4/30 1-4pm. Is this correct, and if so, how far do the markers extend? The Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation buried the gas pipeline beneath the old railbed of the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey in the 1990s. 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