This was a wonderful trail. Today, 8/10/14, I just walked to the mile marker which is 7 miles in from Bartley road, the start of the trail. High Bridge. I rode this trail for the first time this past weekend. First: the trail surface is very rough. The trail is very easy to follow and you will definitely have company while on it. The bridge was replaced by an earthen embankment in the 1860s.On the way out of town, you’ll pass a connection at 0.4 mile to the Taylor SteelWorkers Historic Greenway. that have been placed on rocks, under trees, next to a brook,etc. If you don't count damaged surface for ~ 1 mile long by horses - everything else is just perfect. Take the trail a couple miles over a restored bridge and stop and read the marker about the great train wreck of 1885. If you do any part of this trail this is definetly the section to do. Beautiful trail - this is a wonderful resource easily accessible from most of urban NJ. The trail has a slight incline for most for the ride to the Northern trail head. Benches line the path approximately every half-mile, and mile markers are placed every ¼ mile. The trail is generally 6+ feet wide. Approximately a mile past the trailhead, we already encountered some deer feeding along the trail and they promply fled downhill towards the river below. Like many reviews said, there aren't many places in this area where you can ride for this long without hills. I always start at High Bridge and work my way towards Long Valley. Today I rode the trail starting at High Bridge and rode to the end and back. Only a handful of street interruptions in the 11 miles. We are not sure of the timetable but we think it will be accomplished very quickly. There is no parking at junctions of trail with area roads. Have we ever has a flat? Foliage along the Columbia Trail in High Bridge, NJ. Beautiful trip today from High Bridge to Califon and beyond. Zillow has 9 homes for sale in 08829 matching Columbia Trail. ~ 30 miles round trip. The Columbia Trail is named after the gas line running under it. ", "We rode this trail, backwards, as far as we could, at the end of July 2003. This is my current favorite trail. Cartography and trail data by D&R Greenway Land Trust 9/24/13. I also like the Sussex branch trail however it is interrupted by rt. High Bridge, NJ 08829, Phone: 908.638.6455 Columbia Trailhead Parking, 73 Main St., High Bridge, NJ 08829. Eventually you will come to a company parking lot and you just follow the parking lot until you hit the trail again. After crossing the bridge, the trail proceeds north along the South Branch of the Raritan towards the Lake Solitude and Lake Solitude Dam (circa 1858), Solitude House Museum and the Union Iron Works ruins (circa 1742). I rode from Bartley road to High Bridge on this great trail. There are plenty of resting spots, and the trail can be easily modified for those looking for a shorter jaunt. Sometimes kids are selling lemonaid at Schooley's mountain lot for Alex's Lemonaid- bring a few bucks just in case. ", " I returned to the Columbia Trail today. The railroad dates to 1876, when it started hauling iron ore from local mines. 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). Lots to see on this trail: wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, muskrat, ground hog, deer [4]); rural areas with old barns, cows, and fields; a nursery; wildflowers; trees changing color; water running along either side of the trail; canopy of trees over the trail in several places. 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. ". Directions on the website are easy-to-follow and parking convenient. Sure, twice, but that's why we carry spare tubes, a pump etc. There is a waterfall at Union Forge. Park at the Commons in High Bridge and head towards Califon. A local scout leader informed me that they were unable to plant new bulbs this past year because the donor did not supply any. There are a few spots with loose gravel so beware. If you start and finish in Long Valley there is a Bike shop that rents bikes at the intersection of rts 24 and 513. Unluckily after about mile 6 the horse poop becomes prolific (how about carrying a shovel folks?) Parking is available at the municipal lot across. It is about 2 minutes from the trail. Very nice smooth ride. Today on my trail adventure I was able to take a photo of a fawn in the river and some turtles. 64 Reviews #1 of 5 things to do in High Bridge. United States ; New Jersey (NJ) High Bridge ; Things to Do in High Bridge ; Columbia Trail; Search. ( 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. On your right ahead down the river is another bridge, common on the trail that connects neighborhoods and private roads to the trail. Parking is available at the TISCO Complex, Solitude House Museum and Springside Farm. Not a single car passed us - and about 2 miles of the road is currently closed to traffic. GPS Coordinates: 40.669518, -74.896418 Public transportation: Weekday commuter service on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line to High Bridge. I have probably been to this trail a million times by now-- and I only discovered it a few years ago. This trail is well maintained and easy to ride along the entire length. Really nice long path, most of it is close to a river. About two miles in, rock outcrops started to line the sides of the path which made it feel very secluded. Additionally, the trial DOES continue for another FOUR miles past Long Valley, as the existing review already stated and I passed several horse farms riding over newly constructed small bridges over the Raritan, encountering several quite sharp turns on which it's a good idea to go quite slow. The trail surface was in good shape even though it had been raining for awhile. We had our son with us, so he had to walk his bike down the trail and back up as the trail was cut off. We drive about a half hour to access this trail. 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). Highly recommended. You can continue on into Morris County from there (watch for the big dipsy do on the trail a little past the next bridge) once in Long Valley you get a bunch more places to grab food and drinks. High Bridge, NJ boasts a fairly new pump track right at the trailheads to the new Flow Trails. This trail has become one of my favorites in New Jersey. If we wanted to continue on, the trail picks up diagonally across the road ( Route 513) where there is a sign that says only official vehicles permitted beyond that point. But the trail itself is OK - just not a fan of the trail being interrupted. Some of them even have their very own miniature mailbox!! Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Columbia Trail is a 13 mile trail from Schooley Mtn Rd. Well worth a ride here, especially if you're looking for an intermediate to easy path.". Is this correct, and if so, how far do the markers extend? So I get to the 15 mile marker and turn around. Description on web site, as mentioned by others, needs to reflect that trail does continue past Schooley's Mt. I parked at the old Bloomville station, and was the only car in the lot on a Sunday afternoon, which I found immediately appealing. If you cross Bartley Rd you can also see the beginning of the active portion of the rail line. At the beginning of the ride, from High Bridge, pay attention to both sides of the trail. What makes this particular trail perfect for recumbents of any kind with off road tires let alone my fat trike is that is is more or less dead flat. About 4 miles from the trail head in High Bridge you come to the charming town of Califon. The Park Commission is in the process of putting in mile markers continuing from the Hunterdon County line to the Schooley's Mountain Road Parking lot ( A total of 4.1 miles). ON 7-30-13 with the sun shining,about 80 degrees, had a wonderful ride from Long Valley to High Bridge and back. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. The trail is well kept and actually on this trip they were putting down some hard pack in a couple of low areas. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. with very limited parking and no comfort facilities. 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. 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. This afforded us some more distance and easy parking. Looked like there were places to stop and eat in those towns, tho we didn't explore. Great ride. As of 8/22/17 there is a trail closure approximately 3 miles north of High Bridge. SITE ICONS: Bike Trails Butterflies/Dragonflies Handicap Accessible Hiking Trails Ideal for beginning birders Parking Picnic Restrooms Wildflowers For more information : William Honachefsky Jr Union Forge Heritage Association. The trail surface is relatively flat and consists mostly of fine crushed stone. Great biking, birding and hiking trail. Safety continues to be our top priority, please check out the FAQ page to learn what measures we are taking to keep our customers and staff healthy. Was a porter potty in parking lot. I am fortunate to live in Long Valley on Fairview right near where the parking access where Gillette Trail/Patriots Path is. Wish I had a tougher bike to tackle this trail again, but a road bike with thick treads might be sufficient enough. You'll know you reached this spot when you see an abandoned beige stone structure. Almost the entire trail is covered by canopy from surrounding trees and it is beautiful. Parking for 5-10 cars is available at the easternmost end of the Columbia Trail in Hunterdon County. 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. you can go to the morris county park web site thank you, "My wife and I had a good time biking this trail. One of our favorite trails is the Columbia Trail, which we pick up in the little town of High Bridge. I never had an issue with staying on the trail and the entire trail was in very good condition despite some recent rain. Heading back northeasterly toward Long Valley, the trail became rutted a bit from the horses that are on this trail and the ride was somewhat bumpy for a mile or two. The park Commission met with Toll Brothers, DEP officials and Township of Washington reps. I grew up in LV and used to ride this trail with my friends growing up. If you are inexperienced in going long distances, the difficulty here might not suit you. Only one porta-john to be found in High Bridge. None. If you have kids who think they can ride on crushed rock paths I think you should try it. On Oct 18, 2014, a member of the Biking NJ Rail Trails Facebook Group ( found the Columbia Trail blocked near the new Toll Brothers Developement and Frazers Steel in Long Valley. I suggest starting from the southern trail head if you plan to ride a full circuit. I have ridden every rail trail in NJ extensively on my BikeE FX full suspension two wheel recumbent and this is now my new fave! That said, try to go at an off time. Surface is level packed gravel/dirt with a slight down grade on the way back. Mostly packed cinder with some gravel. Enjoy! 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. Make a right until you see the farm wood picket fence on your left and turn across the road. The majority of the trail is gravel, with the beginning 1-2 miles paved. Rest rooms are located only at the High Bridge trail head. HIGH BRIDGE - There's something magical in the woods on Columbia Trail. There is a slight incline in this direction. The trailhead parking lot is on your left. What a shame this trail isn't being used. The hooves have dug up the surface and abundant horse manure is not easily dodged. 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. Can't wait until next time hopefully we will complete the trial. First time riding this trail over Memorial Day weekend. I have always felt lucky being able to call The Columbia Trail my home town trail. I measured the Morris section just shy of 8 miles. We will definitely be out to ride this one again. Too bad there was only a port-a-potty at the High Bridge parking area and not the other lot. It's only about 100 feet up but the rapids start and in some spots are brackish swimming holes. This part of the trail makes the mud in the beginning worthwhile. This trail is well worth a visit at any time of year. 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. From the High Bridge parking lot opposite the trailhead, exit the lot by turning right along Main St/Rt 513. There were over 100 trees cleared from the trail. It goes through many neighborhoods and provides many detours to town centers, bridges and swimming holes.The Califon train station is ahead on the right later on and it's now a historical museum, open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from May to December. They were actually doing some trail repair in the Ken Lockwood Gorge section so I could see how the trail is made. There is a small rock cut up ahead on the left with glacial ice, not yet melted. 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. It was a nice day and I'd highly recommend the trail to those who enjoy an active day outdoors. Found a friendly cafe Harvest Cafe on Main St. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 609 203-7976. From Valley Brook Rd to Califon, the trail passes through farm lands and past rural-suburban homes. Also, there were a couple of spots just north of Schooleys Mtn Rd behind a steel yard where there was some recent rain damage. There are also a number of places to eat in High Bridge on Main Street, walking distance from the parking lot and at other areas close by. We rode it end-to-end and back - 30 miles - on a hot day and it was delightful. share. 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!) Our trip started in High Bridge and for our turn-around point we chose Long Valley, where a small detour led us to Long Valley Pub & Brewery for a mid-ride refreshment and snack on their outdoor patio. There is a bike shop called Cycle Craft in Long Valley. Parking and Trail Access. Columbia Trail. This steel span was built in 1930 to replace the original wooden trestle bridge, which was the site of a memorable 1886 train wreck. Columbia Trailis a recreational trail in rural northwestern New Jersey in the town of High Bridge. Created by Union Forge Heritage Association in 2007, the Taylor Steelworkers Historical Greenway can be accessed approximately 1/4 mile from the start of the Columbia Trail. Immediately from the High Bridge trail-head you are deep in a wooded and shaded envelope. We started in High Bridge NJ..Trail has a slight incline in both directions,but nothing to speak of..At first you ride high above the river..nice views.Just watch where you're going you don't want to ride off the side.There is a lot to see,different scenery along the way,waterfalls ,woods,river,residential..bridges..We seen a few deer.Mostly shaded.most of trail is wide,as we kept riding further ,some parts were a little narrower.but not bad.It started getting little muddy,had been raining so we ended up turning around the 11th mile & rode back(22 miles total) We noticed that towards the end,the trail wasn't kept up as well & didn't see any mile markers. The train station is located at Central Avenue and Bridge Street, just a few blocks from the Columbia Trail's southern endpoint on Main Street. There are several towns in which to stop for snacks along the way.Starting in High Bridge, you’ll have a slight uphill grade all the way to Long Valley in the north. My wife and I enjoyed the trail from Long Valley to Califon and back on "opening day" March 30th. All the downed trees have been removed from the trail, the deepest 'potholes' have been filled with stone or dirt. The northern end of the trail is now at Bartley Road. No date is available for completion of the work. Rode the trail today. The best place to park is at the old town railroad station on, of course, Railroad Ave. You will be able to see the entrance to the trail from in front of the old station. Right on Main St (513) right on Bridge St, left on Main, left into the large paved High Bridge Municipal Lot. The canopy of trees makes it cool and also protected us from a bit of rain late in the aftrenoon. This really was only noticeable for a few hundred yards near a couple horse stables. Found a cool country sandwich place in Califon up the cross road. It was threatening rain and I barely made it before it came a downpour. If you're on 206, make a left (or right) on Flanders-Bartley Road (before the bridge across from the shopping plaza). I did this trail 10/16/12 and had a great ride on a great trail on a great fall day. Take a ride and check it out! There aren't that many places in rural NJ you can get in a 30 mile ride without hills. Gotta see it. Those who want to start their trail experience by train, can take the Raritan Valley Line, a regional commuter route from Newark Penn Station to High Bridge. The trailheads for the Columbia Trail are at Commons Park in High Bridge and Bartley Road in Morris County. Fourteen miles of great scenery from High Bridge to the county line and back. We saw plenty of people riding sports bikes and other bikes that didn't look like tough mountain bikes, but I wouldn't recommend it: we certainly won't attempt it again. (We don't really mind the horse poop,and enjoy seeing the horses, but they really are adversely affecting the trail bed). I started at Bartley Road in Washington Township and rode the entire trail to High Bridge and back - just over 30 miles. Pack a camera for this ride. Went to another park a few times but it was to short a trail .I thought 15 miles was nice, round trip 30. There is another little brunch spot called BEX I believe that was open, that was okay. From there the trail continues on to the entrance of the Nassau Trail, works its way to Springside Farm (Springside Lane, High Bridge) and its adjoining woods and proceeds from there to its end at Lord Amesbury's Furnace, circa 1752 , located in Clinton Township. Had a great lunch in Califon before returning to our car. 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