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Columbia Trail Bike Tour

The Columbia Trail is a converted railroad bed. The trail features beautiful scenery along a relatively flat, compact dirt path. About 5 miles into the trail you will enter the town of Califon. An additional 3 miles and you will find your way across Route 513 to the rest of the trail that ends in Long Valley. Note: this portion of the trail is not marked as well.

Where to start your ride: Take Interstate 78 to 31 North (Clinton Exit). Take 31 North a couple miles to Route 513 North in High Bridge. Stay on Route 513, make a right into High Bridge and then a left at the top of the hill on Main street. The trail head is clearly marked a couple blocks up on your right. Parking is available in a municipal parking lot on Route 513. 

Columbia Trail Elevation Map




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Rider Feedback (6 comments)


submitted on: 9/24/2012 11:25:16 AM

Alert to Cyclists: The Jon Slusher Memorial 5K Run/Walk (formerly the Bridge to Bridge run) will be held partially on the Columbia Trail between Hoffmann's crossing road in Lebanon Twp and the Train Station @ Academy Street and Railroad Ave in Califon. Runners/walkers are advised to stay to the right and marshalls will be on the course but we are respectfully asking cyclists to use caution during the race from about 1-2pm on Sunday October 7. Thanks in advance for sharing the trail!

Goatwell Farms

submitted on: 8/23/2012 7:22:55 PM

Columbia Trail is truly a jewel. As you pass others, all remain friendly with great greetings. It's one of our best kept secrets here in Hunterdon...shhhhhh...keep walking, biking and enjoying!


submitted on: 4/22/2012 2:07:45 PM

Really pretty ride along the water. Good ride to beginners and families along the trail itself.

Dave S.

submitted on: 10/19/2011 8:09:42 AM

The River Road route has been washed out in many places by the recent storms. It is walkable or ridable only if you have a full suspension bike to get through the rocky sections.

Scott T

submitted on: 6/6/2011 1:37:54 PM

As an added feature while riding, keep an eye out for gnome homes that folks have hidden off the trail and in trees. Quite fun to search out while riding and adds to scenery. It is also a microclimate so even in hot weather the trail is much cooler

John S.

submitted on: 5/6/2011 10:01:27 AM

The Columbia trail is much less crowded than the D&R Towpath and equally flat. I was really excited about the River Road option. Basically no traffic on it and it's beautiful.

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