Bike Trails NJ. Columbia Trail
Raw file: Columbia Trail 4-1-2015.gpx (170.02 KB)
My wife, brother and I are bicycle enthusiasts who enjoy riding the ever increasing number of rail / canal trails mostly in the Northeastern US. We also do volunteer work for NOAA by recovering US Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmarks. We often combine these hobbies while trail riding.
Unlike geocaching, benchmark hunting serves a valuable purpose by providing NOAA with updates on the condition of their 700,000+ benchmarks across the Unites States. Information on Benchmarks is available here: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/.
We have been riding these trails for over 10 years now and I decided to share some of the .GPX files I’ve created. Of the hundreds of trails available in this part of the country, I selected these for their quality, scenic beauty, lack of excessive grades or hazardous terrain and overall riding or hiking enjoyment. These files contain tracks for trails and waypoints for significant features such as road crossings, bike shops, campgrounds, points of interest and USCGS benchmarks along or near the trail. All waypoints include elevation data for use in plotting trail slope and planning outings. These files were compiled using a variety of resources including:
NOAA - http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/
Garmin’s Mapsource & Basecamp software
USCGS Topographic Maps. Available free for many States here: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
Google Earth and Google Earth Pro
Garmin’s Birds Eye Imagery
Various Internet & Print resources:
Morris County Parks Commission website: http://morrisparks.org/aspparks/columbiamain.asp
Hunterdon County Columbia Trail website: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/Columbia...
NJ Hiking’s Columbia Trail web page: http://www.njhiking.com/biking-columbia-trail-ken-lockwood-g...
Trail Link.com’s Columbia Trail web page: http://www.traillink.com/trail/columbia-trail.aspx
Columbia Trail Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbia-Trail-High-BridgeCal...
This file is the 15 mile Columbia Trail in North Central New Jersey which passes through portions of Rural Morris and Hunterdon Counties. The trail parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River including the scenic Ken Lockwood Gorge. The trail’s crushed stone surface is well maintained with a gentle North to South slope.
I’ll post more trail files as I update and clean them up. I always enjoy conversing with fellow bike trail enthusiasts so please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, inclusions or revisions. – Enjoy!
****** Update 4/1/2015 ******
Added 32 waypoints
Updated parking area information
Major track realignment
charlesd45 - Apr 2, 2015