A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.
Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.
Search all of New Jersey's designated National Recreation Trails in the Online NRT Database
Hikers descending stairs on the Palisades Long Path
(photo by Anthony Taranto)
Barclay Farm Trails — This system of three trails totals 0.75 miles and is located on an 18th Century farmstead that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the final stop on the Cooper River Historic Trail. The network includes a handicapped trail, a hiking trail, and a nature trail. The handicapped trail features a stone surface. The hiking trail passes through mature forest and follows the North Branch of the Cooper River. The trail features ten interpretive stations (designated 2011).
Croft Farm Trails — Once a working mill and farm and a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Croft site has played an important role in the growth of Southern New Jersey for more than 300 years. It is on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The network of six trails totals 1.45 miles and winds through different natural habitats including meadows, scrub-shrub, early successional forest, and mature forest. Habitat management techniques were used to help create some lengths of trail. Croft Farm Trails are promoted at yearly events to connect people with nature, increase support for Open Space lands, and to highlight outdoor recreational opportunities in the community (designated 2011).
Delaware River Water Trail - Middle Delaware Segment — Located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, this 40.6-mile water trail allows visitors to enjoy a variety of activities and resources including geological formations, diverse wildlife habitats, and world-famous trout fishing (designated 2007).
Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck — This pedestrian walkway and nature trail connects three parks and offers views of the river, cityscape, and mountains. Award-winning interpretive signs designed by local artist Richard Mills are found along its 3.5-mile length (designated 2009).
Palisades Long Path — Located within the Palisades Interstate Park, th New Jersey section of the Long Path begins at the George Washington Bridge, and ends at the New Jersey/New York state line. Yearly, thousands hike the Long Path for its many accessible Hudson River overlooks.