Columbia Trail High Bridge to Ken Lockwood Gorge

High Bridge, New Jersey

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This hike traverses a defunct railbed through the town of High Bridge to Ken Lockwood Gorge and the South Branch of the Raritan River. It offers you and your dog either a relaxed or an energetic hike above dramatic terrain. The paved trail crosses several streets, then turns to gravel as it runs past Lake Solitude and above country for a bird’s-eye view of houses in the woods. Soon you and your dog will leave the town behind and hear only the river and birds. The river weaves near, then out of view, but remains identifiable by the faint swath of white-barked American sycamore that lines its banks.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike traverses a defunct railbed through the town of High Bridge to Ken Lockwood Gorge and the South Branch of the Raritan River. It offers you and your dog either a relaxed or an energetic hike above dramatic terrain.

The paved trail crosses several streets, then turns to gravel as it runs past Lake Solitude and above country for a bird’s-eye view of houses in the woods. Soon you and your dog will leave the town behind and hear only the river and birds. The river weaves near, then out of view, but remains identifiable by the faint swath of white-barked American sycamore that lines its banks.

©  Mary Jasch/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: High Bridge
Length: 7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: County of Hunterdon, Department of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS High Bridge, NJ
Topo Map: Columbia Trail: High Bridge to Ken Lockwood Gorge Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/14/2009

This is an easy flat hike / walk. No need for boots: sneakers will do . We went in November when the leaves were down and it was beautiful. The trail actually continues for a full 7 miles in one direction. The trail got crowded as the morning went on with families and bikes. Earlier is better when we shared the trail with a few joggers.

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