The Henry Hudson trail is a bike/pedestrian path paved in asphalt over a disused railway line that extends from Freehold north to Keyport and then east to Atlantic Highlands. The total length is about 22 miles. However, this trail is a work in progress, and as of October 2005 there are two unfinished sections, breaking the trail into three separate sections.
The two breaks in the path are each about 2 miles in length, and while it is possible to bike on highways between the segments, there seems to be little incentive to do so. For example, between the Freehold segment (lower left) and the Matawan segment (upper left), you can bike approximately 2 miles northwards on Route 79 to rejoin the trail. However, this is a busy 2-lane highway. There is a marked shoulder wide enough for bikes on this highway, but biking there would be unpleasant at best. Between the Matawn segment and the Atlantic segment you can bike on Route 516, but again awkward and busy. Unfortunately, as of this writing in the fall of 2005, there appears to be no work ongoing to finish these connecting segments. Apparently there is some political debate in the New Jersey legislature about bringing back the Monouth-Ocean-Middlesex railway, over which the bike path runs. Given this uncertainty, work on finishing the path is on hold.
The four segments of the Henry Hudson trail are described here in four separate web pages. Please click on the segment that you'd like to read about. For descriptive purposes here I've named these segments the Atlantic path (from Keyport east to Atlantic Highlands), the Freehold path (from Freehold north to Marlboro), the Matawan segment (from Marlboro north to Matawan), and the Baysore segment (from Atlantic Highlands to Highlands).
Enter from the East Trailhead: Enter at Popomara Point via Rt. 36.
Enter from the West Trailhead: Enter at parking lot at Dutch Lane Rd.
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