Bike the Columbia Trail: Califon to High Bridge

Rate this Adventure New Jersey Columbia Trail

Added by

Distance: 15 miles one way. Railroad trestle through the Ken Lockwood Gorge. Packed gravel route through 4 towns.

There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. The best place to park is at the old town railroad station on, of course, Railroad Ave. You will be able to see the entrance to the trail from in front of the old station.

The trail is very easy to follow and you will definitely have company while on it. It is very popular during the morning and evenings with walkers, runners, and bikers. After about 2 miles you will cross over Hoffmans Crossing Rd. and enter the Ken Lockwood Gorge. This is my favorite section of the trail as you are up high above the gorge but can still hear/see the water flowing below you.

After about 3.2-3.5 miles you will reach the trestle. If you are on a walk or an easy bike right be sure to stop and enjoy the views above the gorge. You are bound to see fisherman in the water trying to catch some trout. After the trestle, continue following the trail as it follows the river through the gorge. The turn around spot on the trail is very easy to find since it is the end of the entire trail itself. Turn around and head back to complete this 10 mile run/walk/ride.

I highly suggest doing this in the fall. The trail is lined with trees/in the woods the entire time so the colors are amazing and the air is brisk. Winter enthusiast should definitely come back when there is snow as the trail is great for xc skiing.

Pack List

  • Cruiser or mountain bike
  • Running/walking/trail shoes
  • XC Skies
  • Water
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Cycling, Fitness, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography, Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Dyckman Hill/Carpenter's Grove Loop

New Jersey / Allison Park

This loop hike can be started from several different places.  I chose to start from Allison Park which overlooks the Hudson River in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

John Maurizi
10 Saves

Visit the Princeton Battlefield Park Suspension Bridge

New Jersey / Princeton Battlefield State Park Parking Lot

To find this bridge, you essentially park at the Princeton Battlefield Park and walk all the way down towards the woods (you'll pass an old house if you're going the right way).

Pawel Bednarski
18 Saves

Hike to the Hidden Lockatong Waterfall

New Jersey / Lockatong Nature Preserve Turnoff

If you're on Kingwood Stockton Road, there will be a dirt road with a Lockatong Nature Preserve sign before it (going north on Kingwood Stockton Road, the sign will be on your left.

Pawel Bednarski
52 Saves