RARITAN RIVER GREENWAY:

PETERS BROOK GREENWAY

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP-RARITAN-SOMERVILLE, NEW JERSEY

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Last Updated:       August 20, 2019

Length:                 Raritan River Greenway: West; 2.5 miles

                               Raritan River Greenway: East; 1.6 miles

                               Peters Brook Greenway; 2.4 miles +

Difficulty:             Raritan River Greenway; Easy. Flat paved trail. 

                               Peters Brook Greenway; Easy. Flat paved or stone-dust trail. 

Directions:     

To Start from 301 Old York Road parking lot (Raritan River Greenway; West End); From the junction of Routes 202 & 206 in Somerville follow Route 202 west for 2.4 miles and turn south on Milltown Rd. Follow to Old York Rd. Turn right and travel 0.5 miles to 301 Old York Rd on your left. Follow this county road to its end and a dirt parking lot. 

To Start from Old York Road parking lot (Raritan River Greenway; Center West); From the junction of Routes 202 & 206 in Somerville follow Route 202 west for 0.6 miles and turn south down 1st Ave. Turn right on W Somerset St which becomes Old York Rd. Follow for 0.6 miles to the parking lot on your left.

To Start from the Southside Ave parking lot (Peters Brook Greenway/Raritan River Greenway; East); From the junction of Routes 202 & 206 in Somerville follow Route 206 south. Just before you cross over the Raritan River turn left on Bridge St. You'll immediately pass by the Bridge Street parking lot on your right. This parking lot was blocked off when I visited in Aug 2019? Continue along Bridge St taking your third right onto Southside Ave. The parking lot will be on your right.

The Raritan River Greenway extends from the confluence of the North Branch and South Branch of the Raritan River east to the confluence of the Millstone River and the Raritan River; a distance of approximately 8.1 miles. The goal of the Raritan River Greenway Plan is to create a series of  linked trails to provide pedestrian linkages between neighborhoods and commercial areas, ands connections to other trail systems. In Somerville the Raritan River Greenway connects to the Peters Brook Greenway which follows Peters Brook north through Somerville. This trail consists of interconnected path with some on-road sections. The west end of the Raritan River Greenway travels through DUKE ISLAND PARK which also includes a footpath along the old Raritan Power Canal.

Starting from 301 Old York Road parking lot (Raritan River Greenway; West End); The paved Raritan River Greenway starts here. 

Note; This is where the old Raritan Power Canal started off the Raritan River. This 3 mile long canal was built in 1840 to provide water power to local industries. 

The trail travels between the old canal and river. You quickly pass by an overlook of a dam across the river before coming to an intersection.

Note; Left a footpath travels alongside the old canal I believe as far as the Raritan Power Canal Park parking lot.

Continue to another intersection at 0.4 miles

Note; Left Loops along the northern side of Duke Island Park. Come to Park Dr (park road) and follow through the park passing by parking lots C & B where you'll find the Visitor Center (Map Board/restrooms/overlook of the canal). Continue past the entrance and parking lot A where the paved trail travels straight past Duck Pond before turning south and rejoining the Raritan River Greenway after 1.4 miles

Continuing right the trail brings you to Duke Island Park. Left is parking lot D. Picnic tables. Keep straight alongside the river passing by a band shell and coming to a playground. 

Note; Left leads up to parking lot B where you'll find the Visitor Center (Map Board/restrooms/overlook of the canal).

Continue alongside the river past sports fields and a picnic pavilion before entering the woods at 1.4 miles. Cross a small bridge at 2 miles and head right. Soon the trail turns inland and crosses a bridge over the old canal.

Note; A footpath follows the old canal east and may bring you all the way to the Raritan Power Canal Park parking lot

Come to the Old York Road parking lot (Raritan River Greenway; Center West) after 2.5 miles. 

Note; A gap currently exists, as of August 2019, between the next trail section. Travel right on-road (wide shoulder) along Old York Rd to Colle Sannita Way heading right. This brings you to the Raritan Power Canal Park parking lot at 0.6 miles. 

Note; A bridge crosses the sluiceway to a footpath west along the old canal. May take you all the way to the Old York Road parking lot but not sure. 

Continue on-road (low traffic) along Colle Sannita Way, crossing River St to Canal St and you'll come to Nevius St at 0.8 miles. 

Note; The old Nevius Street Bridge, which is now a pedestrian bridge over the Raritan River is located here, along with what looks like an old stone castle, but is actually an old Water Pumping Station for the Raritan Power Canal.

Continuing straight follow Orlando Dr on-road to Busky Lane and turn right. Past the Raritan Golf Range you'll pick up the Raritan River Greenway; Center East section after 1.2 miles. 

 

Starting from Busky Lane past Raritan Golf Range (Raritan River Greenway; Center East); Not sure if trail parking is allowed. The paved Raritan River Greenway travels down alongside the Raritan River floodplain. May flood during Spring rains. Partly shaded woods. Travel underneath Route 206 and come to an intersection at 1.2 miles. 

Note; Straight brings you up to the Bridge Street parking lot. This parking lot was blocked off when I visited in Aug 2019?  

Continuing right you cross Peters Brook after which the paved trail ends after 1.6 miles. This is the current Eastern End of the trail. Continue along the gravel road to the Southside Ave parking lot (Peters Brook Greenway/Raritan River Greenway; East) and out to Southside Ave at 1.8 miles. 

 

Starting from Southside Ave parking lot (Peters Brook Greenway/Raritan River Greenway; East); Exit the parking lot and head left along the stone-dust Peters Brook Greenway. Green signs mark the route. A crosswalk over Southside Ave leads to the trail traveling north around Arthur Chambers Park. Sports fields. Peters Brook is along the left.  I haven't checked out this section. Travel underneath the RR tracks and bear left across the brook. This takes you around Michael Lepp Park along a paved trail. Parking lot, Sports fields and picnic pavilion. Cross Main St where the paved trail continues alongside a second section of the park. More sports fields, pool and playground. Cross E High St where the paved trail continues north through Schaub Park (exercise stations) then crossing E Cliff St and continuing through the park out to Grove St at 1.1 miles. Head right across the brook along a wide sidewalk to Williams St, then left across Grove St where you'll pick up the paved trail again. Travel through Ellsworth Van Fleet Gardens out to N Bridge St and follow the sidewalk right back to Williams St. Head left across N Bridge St where you'll pick up the paved trail again as it travels around Exchange Field. Sports fields and a playground. Come to Davenport St at 1.6 miles and head right on-road (sidewalk) . Turn left along Green St (sidewalk), cross Mercer St and you'll pick up the trail through John Long Memorial Park. Follow the brook along a packed gravel greenway out to Mt Ave at 2 miles. Head right on-road (wide shoulder) to the intersection where you'll pick up the paved trail on your left. This follows the ramp to Route 202 where a pedestrian bridge takes you across to a paved trail heading south. Look right for a stone-dust/grass path at 2.4 miles. This trail leads into the woods around a Loop Trail connecting to a sports field behind the Somerset Shopping Center. Not sure of its length.

Note; If you continue straight along the paved trail next to Route 202 you'll come to a parking lot on your right for the sports field.

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