Bike the Columbia Trail: Califon to High Bridge

Rate this Adventure New Jersey Columbia Trail

  • Activities:

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

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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

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
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