Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in New Jersey
The New Jersey portion of the Greenway covers 93 miles between Pennsylvania and New York. It passes through bustling urban areas — Trenton, New Brunswick, Newark, and Jersey City — as well as quiet suburban settings and more rural landscapes than one might expect. The route is currently 54% on traffic-free paths, the second highest percent of completed trail in any Greenway state. The route includes the ECG’s longest completed trail segment – the D&R Canal Towpath, which is 35.7 miles long.
Between the end of the D&R Canal Towpath and the northern end of the New Jersey route in Jersey City, travelers alternate between park paths and interim on-road sections. Trail users can use the newly completed trail/sidewalk that now creates a bicycle/pedestrian way from Newark to Jersey City and the Hudson River. Thanks to all the great work by NJDOT on this! To see a map use this link. The other option is to take a NY-NJ PATH train (bikes allowed on weekends and nonpeak hours with two bikes allowed per car) between Newark and Jersey City, but plans are in place to develop trail between these cities. We are working on the Meadowland Connector Greenway with partner communities, counties, NJDOT, NJDEP, New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition, and others to develop a greenway to connect the currently under construction Wittpenn Bridge. The New Jersey route is bound on either side by rivers. To cross into New York one can use the ferry to cross the Hudson River, or go to the George Washington Bridge. To cross into Pennsylvania you use the bike/ped friendly Calhoun Street Bridge crosses the Delaware River between Trenton and Morrisville.
Bike Shop Discounts!
NJ ECG members can use their discounts at retail bike shops and stores in New Jersey. Please check back for additional stores joining the program.
The segment from the Pennsylvania border in Trenton to South Bound Brook is almost entirely off road, using the D&R Canal Towpath. A routing study conducted by the RBA Group to connect the Towpath to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City is in the process of being implemented. The Middlesex Greenway in Metuchen has been partially constructed. Middlesex Greenway Plan
Trail potential temporary closure @ rt 518 on the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail. Due to a road bridge project there may be some temporary weekday closures of the trail at Rt 518. If you encounter a closure, southbound turn right on 518, then turn left on Crescent Road and left again on Rt 605, River Road. At the end of River Road turn left on Rt 27, River Road. Then rejoin the trail on you right. Northbound reverse the course described above. The work should be accomplished by the second week of August.
If you are interested in a week long tour of the East Coast Greenway there are two options for you this year. Early August we will be riding from Calais Maine to Portland Maine. In early October we will be riding from Raleigh North Carolina to Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Week a Year Tour information
The September Eleventh National Memorial Trail is co-aligned with the East Coast Greenway throughout New Jersey. This trail travels along most of the East Coast Greenway from New York City to the Pentagon. September Eleventh National Memorial Trail
Kiosks in New Jersey!
There are 6 kiosks along the East Coast Greenway in New Jersey. Weequahic Park (Newark), East Millstone (D&R Canal), Johnston Park (Piscataway), Merrill Park (Woodbridge), Nomahegan Park (Cranford), Lincoln Park (Jersey City). Volunteers who helped make it happen included (shown in picture): Mike & Anne Kruimer, Mike Dannemiller, Mike Oliva, Tom Roe, Ed Troike, John Hartigan, Rich Felsing, Rebecca & Brianna Dannemiller, and Mackenszie & Kelly Roe. We want to give them all a big THANK YOU! If you’re on the ECG, please stop by and check out our informative kiosks! Also you can link to our new wayfinding app via a QR code at the kiosks. Check them out.
The Big Walk
The East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Freewalkers have held several walks across the NJ ECG over the few years. Two of the walks were a challenging 50-mile length within the Cross-Jersey Challenge, an urban hiking adventure from Trenton to New York City. The walk follows the East Coast Greenway from the Metro Park train station in Iselin, NJ to Penn Station in New York. Last year’s Big Walk (pictured here) was a huge success! Look for this to happen again this year too!
Visit the the Big Walk website to learn more.
9th Annual Hudson Loop Ride
Sunday, October 9, 2016: A 20-mile loop along both the Manhattan and New Jersey sides of the Hudson River, led jointly by the New York and New Jersey committees for the East Coast Greenway. Information and registration.
Newsletters for New Jersey members are sent via email or the postal system. Please help us conserve resources by providing your email address to the Co-Chairs of the New Jersey State Committee of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Megan Massey @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Matthew Johnson @ MJohnson@co.burlington.nj.us. They will have you added to our email list.
New Jersey East Coast Greenway Multi-Use Trail Guide
This free guide, produced in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, allows travelers to easily follow the current route of the ECG across New Jersey. The guide includes turn-by-turn directions, maps with both the current route and any locations where the long-term proposed route diverges, detailed information on public transportation links, trail access, amenities such as restaurants, restrooms, and lodging, and much more. The guide is designed to fit neatly into a handlebar bag for easy reading and navigation. The guide was just updated from the 2009 version in 2013.
Download your free guide today!
Download the ECG New Jersey Map here.
The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhone and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.
Download maps of the proposed routing for the northern section:
- Entire route
- Hudson/Bergen Counties
- Newark/Essex Counties
- Union County
- Middlesex County
- 6th Street Embankment
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in New Jersey. Partners include but are not limited to:
- Adirondack Mountain Club – North Jersey Chapter
- Adventures for Women
- Bergen County Parks Dept
- Bergen County Public Works
- Bike New Jersey
- Canal Society of NJ
- D&R Canal Commision
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- Edison Greenways
- Embankment Preservation Coalition
- Essex County Park Commission
- Essex County Public Works
- Hudson County Park Commission
- Hudson County Public Works
- Lawrence Hopewell Trail
- Mercer County Park Commission
- Mercer County Public Works
- Middlesex County Park Commission
- Middlesex County Public Works
- National Park Service
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- New Jersey Department of Transportation
- North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
- Outdoor Club of South Jersey
- Somerset County Park Commission
- Somerset County Public Works
- Somerset Horse & Pony Association
- Union County Park Commission
- Union County Public Works
- Weequahic Park Association
New Jersey Mile Sponsors
Below are numerous organizations and websites that offer additional information on safety, trails, greenways, and biking in New Jersey.
Metro New York Region
Adirondack Mountain Club – North Jersey Chapter
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Neighborhood Open Space Coalition
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (hiking clubs)
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Committee page.