Today is Monday and it was absolutely a Monday. A very busy day at the office interfered with my plans to check out the Henry Hudson Trail that runs right through Middletown, NJ and blog about it first hand. At least that leaves me with the opportunity to make a follow-up post.
The Henry Hudson Trail runs Northern Section: Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands, NJ (Activity Center – 945 State Hwy. 36, Leonardo/Atlantic Highlands) and the Southern Extension: Freehold to Marlboro and Aberdeen. It was selected as the 2010 Best Biking Trail in New Jersey by the readers of New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The trails are asphalt and span 19 miles throughout Monmouth County. The trail is a converted out of use railroad bed. Many activities that are perfect for the Henry Hudson Trail are to Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Wheelchair. Seasonally appropriate of course. Henry Hudson Trail Brochure & Map
From the Monmouth County Park Systems Website:
This paved, 10-foot wide, 22-mile long trail is a former railroad right-of-way. It is relatively flat, traveling through both man-made and natural environments. Much of the trail is tree-lined, though some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams and fields.
The northern trail section runs 10 miles (just north of and parallel to Rt. 36) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at the intersection of Lloyd Rd. and Clark St. to the Leonardo section of Middletown/Atlantic Highlands border at Avenue D.
Work is underway to extend the Henry Hudson Trail another 12 miles to Freehold Borough. Currently, the trail runs 4 miles from Rt. 537 in Freehold to Stevenson Drive in Marlboro. The trail then resumes at Station Road in Marlboro and continues for 5 miles to Church Street in Matawan. Future plans for the Trail include linking these two sections of trail and providing a connection to the original, northern section of the Henry Hudson Trail. The park totals 100 acres.
From the Rails to Trails Website:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is proud to announce its partnership with Google™ as an official content provider for Google Map’s brand-new biking directions functionality. The release of this long-awaited feature allows Google Maps users to type in their destination and receive directions for the best bicycling route. Previously, Google was able to provide walking, driving or transit directions. Now, RTC is providing its extensive trail-map data to Google Maps for the seamless integration of safe, accessible and fun bicycling routes into daily travel.
To read the Google Blogs post on the addition of bike routes to Google Maps Click Here.
If the kids are climbing the walls, you need a weekend away. Pack up the car with your bikes and gear and come stay with us at the Comfort Inn Middletown, we’re a short drive from the Henry Hudson Trail. You can use Google Maps with the Rails to Trails Conservancy and map your route and be on your way. I’m looking into whether or not there are any local bike shops where you can simply rent bikes. I’ll update this post with any new info I find. Be sure to come back and look for my first hand experience post.