JOHNSON TROLLEY LINE TRAIL:

EWING TOWNSHIP-LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY

LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL:

LAWRENCE & HOPEWELL TOWNSHIPS, NEW JERSEY

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Last Updated:       August 20, 2019

Length:                 Johnson Trolley Line Trail North; 1 mile.

                               Johnson Trolley Line Trail South; 2.4 miles

                               Lawrence Hopewell Trail; 22 miles planned

Difficulty:             Johnson Trolley Line Trail; Easy. Paved and stone-dust segments.  

                                Lawrence Hopewell Trail; Easy-Moderate. Flat paved rail trail. 

Directions:     

To Start from the Johnson Trolley Line Trail (Southern End); From I-295 take exit 69B to Route 206 south. After 3+ miles turn right on Spruce St. Next turn right on 5th St after 0.7 miles. The trailhead is on your left. Space for a couple of cars. 

To Start from the Johnson Trolley Line Trail (Northern End) & Lawrence Hopewell Trail; From I-295 take exit 69A to Route 206 north for less then a mile and turn left on Gordon Ave. Turn left on Bergen St then right into Village Park. First parking lot.

The Johnson Trolley Line Trail consists of two sections, North and South, which are split by Interstate 95. The Trenton-Princeton Traction Company ran the old trolley, known as the "Fast Line," through this corridor from around 1901 until 1940. The Johnson Trolley Line Trail occupies a portion of right-of-way abandoned by the former trolley company. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a pathway on a developing Loop through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships. The route links business districts, parks, schools, historical villages, and playing fields. In Lawrenceville you can connect to the Johnson Trolley Line North Trail and from Maidenhead Meadows Park you can connect to the D&R Canal SP; Main Canal Trail . For more information visit; LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL .

Johnson Trolley Line Trail; Southern Section:
 

Starting from 5th & Irvin Streets; I haven't ridden this section. No parking lot, but space for a few cars. The Johnson Trolley Line Trail; South travels north along the old rail bed which has a stone-dust surface which has been overtaken by grass. Not sure if this is the case the whole way. It travels a long a wooded corridor. After 0.6 miles a spur to Whitehead Rd Ext on your left. Cross over Shabakunk Creek before coming to Eldridge Ave at 1.1 miles.

Note; A paved trail left leads to Eggerts Crossing Village.

Here the trail follows a sidewalk a short distance to Johnson Ave where a paved trail continues north alongside the road. Come to Eggerts Crossing Rd after 1.8 miles. 

Note; To your left is the Loveless Nature Preserve parking lot and to your right along Eggerts Crossing Rd is Central Park parking lot.

The next section consists of stone-dust with some grass as it travels through the woods. Cross a transmission line corridor before coming to Rider University at 2.4 miles.

  Johnson Trolley Line Trail; Northern Section:
 

Starting from Denow Road; I haven't ridden this section. No parking lot. The stone-dust Johnson Trolley Line Trail; North travels north along the old rail bed along a residential corridor. Multiple residential road crossings. After 0.8 miles come to Craven Lane.

Note; The Lawrence Hopewell Trail utilizes this road as part of it's route.

The trail comes to Phillips Ave after 1 mile where it currently ends. The trolley bed is blocked by businesses here.   

Lawrence Hopewell Trail:

Starting from Village Park parking lot; The paved Lawrence Hopewell Trail starts off Bergen St and travels through the park. Sports fields, restrooms and more parking. Just keep to the right at all intersections. Exit the park to Keefe Rd at 0.9 miles. A crosswalk takes you over to the stone-dust trails through Mercer Meadows. This was as far as I checked out. LHT signs will take you along the route which varies widely and includes on-road sections.

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