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Columbia Trail

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Former Centrail RR line (High Bridge line). Mostly dirt with some cinder base. Trail runs along side Lake Solitude and the South Branch of the Raritan River, giving the rider some of the best scenery of any NJ rail trail. Truly beautiful, and great for the family as there isn't more than a 2.5% grade on any part of the trail.
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Latitude
40.666944
Longitude
-74.896111
Trail Directions
Route 78 to Rt 31 north to 513 north to Main Street in High Bridge. Trail starts on Main Street in High Bridge.
Trail Length
24.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
High Bridge
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Review Date
June 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jabohnel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

can anyone tell me how far north the ridable trail goes?
i've gone as far as long valley...but it seems to disappear at that point.

what i've riden so far is an easy enjoyable ride...
like to stop a gourmet sandwich shop in califon...or at the general store



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Review Date
January 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Steve030687 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a difficult trail. About 7.5 miles long and it starts and ends in High Bridge or Califon; which makes pick up of drop off really easy. Perfect for the family, but nothing that is going to get your blood flowing. Marked every half or quarter mile.

Recommended Route:
Normally, I start in Califon and go have lunch in High Bridge and bike back. The califon enterance is on or near Vernoy Road, but it goes through califon anyway, so you can start there.



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Review Date
July 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: BikerDan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The section after leaving High Bridge up to Hoffman's Crossing has great scenery for a rail trail in Jersey. After that the trail continues but just isn't as pretty. This rail trail is enough to make for a good family outing



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Review Date
June 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: eeyartee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is probably the best trail in New Jersey; well-maintained and perfect for casual nature riding. Complement the trip by making a "U-turn" in Califon to the Ken Lockwood Gorge Trail (which runs parallel to the trail between High Bridge and Califon, closer to the river). Ride along side the fly fisherman half-submerged in the river.



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Review Date
December 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lolaalgebra ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A great day trip. This is a very scenic trail with great views looking 60 feet down to a river, steep rock walls, and tons of trees. The trail is very easy to navigate on. Not much grade variations.

Recommended Route:
High Bridge to Califon



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