10 Great Places to Ride Bikes in New Jersey
1. Sandy Hook Bike Path, Monmouth County
Pedal along the length of the Sandy Hook peninsula, and take in sea breezes and spectacular views of the ocean and maritime forests. This multi-use trail also will lead to historic sites such as the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock.
2. Ocean City Boardwalk, Cape May County
Get moving, and bike along the expansive Ocean City boardwalk to get dramatic ocean views and to pass by all the shops and restaurants. Due to heavy pedestrian traffic during the summer, bike hours are often restricted to 5 am until Noon, but be sure to check the permitted bike hours first.
3. Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, Monmouth County
On this 5.2-mile trail, you’ll pass by everything from residential neighborhoods to deep forests, ending at Allaire State Park. Here, you can explore the additional hiking trails, stop by the Allaire Village – a 19th century living history museum – or even stay overnight at one of the campsites.
4. Pine Barrens River Ramble, Atlantic and Burlington Counties
Explore the beauty of the Pinelands National Reserve on the Pine Barrens River Ramble, a 42.6-mile loop that winds through pine and oak forests, alongside blueberry and cranberry bogs and by three major rivers.
5. Union Transportation Trail, Monmouth County
This “rail-trail” is a multi-use path created from a former railroad, offering a gravel pathway that passes by fields, forests and quaint rural scenery. Be sure to share the trail with horseback riders, joggers and fellow cyclists.
6. Henry Hudson Trail, Monmouth County
Take your pick from the Southern section or the Northern section of this 22-mile trail, which passes through wooded areas, wetlands, fields and streams.
7. The Cape May Shoreline Ride, Cape May County
Beginning and ending at the Cape May Lighthouse parking lot, this 46.4-mile loop takes bikers through charming Cape May, past Victorian homes, barrier island shore communities, beaches, boardwalks and wetlands.
8. Allamuchy Mountain State Park, Warren County
This forested park features more than 14 miles of marked trails and 20 miles of unmarked trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. See all the biking trails with this trail map.
9. Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County
Forests, wetlands, swamps, fields—the terrain is diverse in this sprawling state park, offering two trails that were formerly railroads. Take the 27-mile Paulinskill Valley Trail or the 20-mile Sussex Branch Trail for two different experiences.
10. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail, Burlington and Middlesex Counties
Following the towpath of a canal, this 69.5-mile pathway connects a number of towns along the way, running past 1800s bridges, cobblestone spillways, hand built stone culverts and other unique architectural relics.