Top Ten U.S. Road Biking Routes
Despite Bruce Springsteen's best efforts, New Jersey is still the punchline of a fair share of jokes. Most of this is due to the unsightliness of the Meadowlands, an eastern lowland industrial strip crisscrossed by C02-clogged highways. Fortunately, even the most staid comedians have also learned to look further west to the true warmth of the state. Many people forget that the Appalachian Trail dips into New Jersey up where the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area spans the border with Pennsylvania. This is sometimes a surprise to first-timers in the area. . .and brings them back again and again. Keep in mind that New Jersey is, after all, the Garden State.
Central-western New Jersey is lovely, and one of the prettiest areas there is Hunterdon County, where the age-old Appalachians ripple by. The Delaware River here is the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania; we suggest an enjoyable trek that could send you over as many as three of the area's bridges. The rest of the time, you are in for a semi-strenuous ride with fine panoramic vistas of well-kept farms and woods and attractive clapboard houses.
Two good places to start from are Flemington and Clinton. They represent the northwestern and northeastern corners of a roughly square area of quiet and pleasurable back roads. Check out the Hunterdon Historical Museum Village for a good introduction to the area, then revel in ups and downs that will keep you busy all the way to the Delaware River's edge. The bridges at Frenchtown, Milford, and Riegelsville give you access to similarly bike-friendly roads in Pennsylvania. At Riegelsville, there's the Volendam Windmill and Museum for those who are intrigued by milling practices of the past. If you have extra time, head through and past Phillipsburg and up the New Jersey side of the river as far as Belvidere.
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