Running Routes

We are fortunate in Hunterdon County to have some of the finest running routes available to runners anywhere. While we keep our Saturday location constant we move the Sunday runs around the local area to take advantage of some excellent routes. The Columbia Trail, a rails to trail which begins in High Bridge, is one our favorites.It has over 15 miles of groomed trails extending from High Bridge past Long Valley. It is virtually all in shade as it follows the meanderings of the South Branch of the Raritan River. Along the trail we have placed a memorial bench dedicated to John Fischer, an ironman member of our club taken too early in life. Just below the trail is the Ken Lockwood Gorge which offers some beautiful trail running, rough in spots, right along the river. In addition to great scenery there is also some whimsy as careful observers can spot the abodes of gnomes and possibly a dinosaur!

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New feature added 10/18 Turn by Turn directions courtesy of Jim Hardin

Barley Sheaf School (8 miles)
Rolling hills and open spaces south of Flemington.

The Beast (new and improved 4/17)
Point to point, steep hill. Part of the R2C Relay

Bloomsbury Municipal Park
A scenic route through Bloomsbury, Holland, and Greenwich townships with a challenging hill. Park at Ed Tuxhorn Municipal Park on Church Street.

Bucks County i (13 miles)
You know that imposing wall of rock you see across the river?  There's running in them thar hills!  This route heads up one of the steepest roads around, then it's rolling hills, rocky woods and gorgeous scenery.  Plus, there's a couple options for anyone looking for a shorter run.
Bucks County ii (10.3 miles)
Another scenic jaunt into PA starting in Tinicum Park.  Hills, winding roads, woods and some beautiful open vistas.  Also with options for shorter loops.
Bucks County iii (8.3 miles)
Over the river, then up a fairly challenging hill towards Ringing Rocks Park. More woods, rocks, and rolling hills, and easily modified for those looking for a shorter or longer run.  

Bundt Park 10M

Bundt Park - Kiceniuk 6.2M
This is the club's regular Saturday run (except winter months.) 10 miles is the norm, easily modified for shorter or longer distances. Moderate hills, scenic.

Califon Island Park 8M
Scenic with lots of steep hills on Beaver, eight is enough for most on this route. Directions.

Cold Brook Preserve
A scenic run along the Black River with a few miles of gravel roads thrown in. 10.7 full, with a shorter 5.6 option.

Columbia Trail
Out and back on groomed trails. Start from the High Bridge Borough's Commons Park.
Cushetunk Mountain 9.65
Park at the Cushetunk Mountain parking lot and lots of route options from there, both road and trail.

Cushetunk-Stanton Mountain
Same parking as above, but 15 miles 'round Round Valley and o'er Stanton Mountain.

Cuttalossa Creek Run 8 Miles

One of the prettiest runs in Bucks County. Start at the parking lot at the Bulls Island Recreation Area in Raven Rock, NJ.
Cuttalossa Creek Run 10.6 Miles
Even more of the above
D&R Canal Towpath Frenchtown South
One of many entrances to the D&R, flat, packed dirt, many distances possible. Park next to the river on Old River Rd (Left off Bridge St)

Deer Path Park
11.5 miles in Readington, starting on West Woodschurch Rd

Del Val
Another 11. 5 miles. Park at the Delaware Valley Regional High School

Duke Island Park
6 Mile Route
10 Mile Route



Echo Hill Park
This is the club's regular Saturday run in winter months.

Finn Road Park 9-Miler
Rolling hills, some just roll a little more than others. Terrain is mostly paved road with a small section of dirt.

Flemington Five Loop
Meet at the pool parking lot on Wellington Ave at 5:20am for a prompt 5:30am start. Please email if you are new and plan to attend.

Frenchtown-Creek Road 8.4M
Run through town up scenic Creek Road. You can run the towpath for additional miles if so moved. Park next to the river on Old River Rd (Left off Bridge St)

Haybale 25K
Rolling hills, start from Raritan Valley Community College


High Bridge Observatory Cokesbury 11.8
Guess where they build observatories? On top of big hills! Start from the High Bridge Borough's Commons Park.

Hillcrest 20K/12.25M
Start at Hillcrest Park, nice course with rolling hills, 5 to 12+ mile route options

Kingwood Township Park (13.4 miles)
A great loop around the roads of Kingwood Township, down Upper Creek Rd to the covered bridge on CR 604, then up the steep Pine Hill Rd.

Lenape Park (11.4 miles)
Easy hills and back roads outside Flemington

Long Valley Pub Run/Columbia Trail 23M
Out and back along the trail up to 23 miles and there's outdoor seating at the pub for after the run

Milford-To Hill and Back (11.7 miles)
Starting in Milford, the first few flat miles along the river lull you into a false sense of complacency, then a nice big up, up, up eventually followed by the welcome down, down, down.  Unfortunately, the Ship Inn doesn't open until noon, so if you want a beer afterwards you'll probably have to bring your own.
Mine Brook Park (10.8 miles)
A nice route along some of the back roads of Flemington, and some HILLS.

Mountainville 9.5
Mountainville 10.4
Very scenic and hilly miles through historic Tewksbury with other variations possible. Park at the Tewksbury Historical Society.

Pie Run 6.4


Pohat 11 Mile Loop
Go under a few tunnels & run by Pohatcong Creek. A few hills also.

Sergeantsville Loop 10 M
There is parking in the municipal lot, opposite the post office just east of the intersection and light at Rte 523 and Rte 604 (Lambert Road). Relax at the General Store after.

Sourland Mountain 22-miler
Sourland "Short" Loop 17 miles
Sourland 11-miler
Training for a hilly marathon? Put this one on your calendar.  While it's not quite as high as Stanton Mountain Rd, it's scenic and has more than its fair share of ups and downs.

Spruce Run 9.6M
Start at the boat ramp parking lot, then up a pretty good hill, down too.

Spruce Run - Voorhees

This run starts from outside the Park. Some of us have been doing this on Christmas morning each year.

Stanton General Store 10M

10 miles, starting from the church parking lot on Stanton Mt Rd.

Stockton 11M

Start at the Prallsville Mill, run the towpath for 3...then up...then down.

Sunken Silo

Whittemore Wildlife Sanctuary

Scenic and hilly miles circling Black River, Oldwick, and Rockaway with shorter options. We start at the Whittemore Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot on the N. side of Rockaway, just off 523. Nice trail running options, weather permitting, see trail route below.

Trail Runs

This section is dedicated to trails. If you have a trail that you'd like to share, let us know.

Jockey Hollow
Miles and miles of well marked trails, some over rugged terrain. Connects with the Patriot Path. Historic...George Washington (and his army) slept there.

Merrill Creek
6.5 miles total to circumnavigate the reservoir. Wide trails until the NE section which is rocky and challenging. Lots of Snow Geese (150,000!) in the winter.

Whittemore Wildlife Sanctuary
Nicely groomed trails, hills, creek crossings, about 2 miles running the outer trails, and you can add some more mileage running the inner trails and the field north of the park. Parking lot N. Side of Rockaway Road.

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