|NE New Jersey Recreation Columbia Trail & Ken Lockwood Gorge|
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Califon | Morris County
The Columbia Trail is a 16 mile greenway corridor that runs between Flanders, Morris County and High Bridge, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. It is used by bikers and joggers alike. It is perfect for a family outing. Most of the corridor parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River.
After passenger trains and rail cars laden with iron ore ceased running on the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Columbia Gas company constructed a pipeline under the former rail bed. It then transferred the surface rights to the parks departments of Hunterdon and Morris counties for a recreational trail.
Cycle Craft Long Valley in Long Valley has mountain bikes and hybrid bikes available to rent for $35 a day.
Columbia Trail and Ken Lockwood Gorge
A popular 7.5 mile hike is a lollipop route which follows the Columbia trail from the parking lot off Main St in High Bridge to Cokesburry Road (take a side trail to the left at 1.3 miles). Turn right on Cokesburry Rd. then left at River Road. Follow river road thru Ken Lockwood Gorge, where you are likely to see fly fishermen on the South Branch of the Raritan River one of the most popular fishing locations in NJ.
Columbia Trail North of Ken Lockwood Gorge - Califon
Columbia Trail Morris County Section
Morris County Park Commission - Columbia Trail