Ken Lockwood Gorge 14.5-Mile Photography Ride

If you’ve been on one of our Columbia Trail rides through Ken Lockwood Gorge, then you know what an amazing natural environment this ride will cover. Now, for those of you who like to take beautiful pictures, we’re going to slow things down a bit so we can all take the time to capture great photos along the way.

Our ride will begin at the Columbia Trail parking area in High Bridge. We’ll head out of High Bridge on the Columbia rail trail that will take us through the Gorge about 50 feet above the Raritan River. After we pass through Califon and reach the Vernon Road parking lot, we’ll turn around and trace back along River Road. That will take us back through Califon and the Gorge at river level.

Along the ride we’ll see vintage buildings like the old Califon train station and dozens of early 20th century homes. Once in the Gorge we’ll see fly fisherman down in the water and, very likely, some exotic wildlife like herons or egrets. The full ride is 14 miles. More than nine of those miles will be on hard-packed gravel trails, so this ride is not recommended for road bikes. We’ll find at least four places to stop, for 10 to 15 minutes each stop, to explore locations and take pictures.

Bring your DSLR or your point-and-shoot camera. The ride is designed for bikers and photographers of all levels. Most important… bring your creative eye to ensure you walk away with some beautiful shots.

Join us for the Ken Lockwood Gorge Photography Ride and be prepared to ride through one of New Jersey’s most beautiful natural habitats.

Click here to view the route map

For those who can't get enough of Ken Lockwood Gorge (and I know how you feel) our friend Gina is running an earlier ride with her Free Wheelers biking group on Sunday, April 13. Click here to learn more

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  • Patience M.

    Thanks Ray this was great. Nice people, wonderful weather great workout beautiful surroundings.

    2 · April 28, 2014

  • Ray F.

    Thanks everyone. It was a great day to ride the Columbia Trail, despite the breeziness. I'll try to schedule this one again soon.

    2 · April 27, 2014

    • Brook T.

      Sorry i missed it looking forward to a re-run...

      1 · April 28, 2014

    • Ray F.

      Hard packed gravel... will you bring a road bike or a mountain bike?

      April 28, 2014

  • George M.

    Sorry I had to scoot ahead at the end. I was supposed to be in Denville by 4:00, so I had to rush a bit. Beautiful day and a fun ride. Thanks Ray!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Kelly

    We did end up booking it, didn't we? Thanks Ray for organizing this. The ride along the river was stunning. Great choice, good time, great people!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Stephanie

    I had a great time today, everyone. I had to book ahead, to get home by 4:30, so I didn't get a chance to say bye. I'm looking forward to the next ride!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Maria

    Oh No! I just read the information about hard packed gravel and won't be able to do this ride. That is disappointing! Hope to meet you all sometime soon and ride.

    April 27, 2014

  • Gina

    I am so sorry I can't make this! I have the Readington Trail Association's even that day.

    April 24, 2014

    • Ray F.

      How about the last Saturday in May... at 9 am? Let me know if that works.

      April 26, 2014

    • Gina

      I can't do Saturdays

      April 26, 2014

  • Elijah

    Ray, my 2 guests won't be able to make it. Something came up last minute. See you guys tomorrow !

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Gina

    Glad you're slowing things down a bit. I went last fall and had a great time but pace was fast and I can do but I like to slow it down and take in the sights of so much beauty, Smell the roses so to speak :-)

    2 · April 23, 2014

    • Brook T.

      Yes, I must admit that the pace was too fast, making it hard to enjoy the sights. At times it felt like a race. But the landscape was a beautiful choice.

      April 23, 2014

  • Brook T.

    Hi Ray,
    I'd love to join this one. However, i'll be busy with house stuff.
    Maybe you could lead this ride again later in a couple of weeks or so?
    Please let me know. Last time it was fun!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Ray F.

      Brook... I'll run this ride at least once more this summer, if not several more times. It's a fav of mine.

      April 22, 2014

    • Brook T.

      Beautiful, Ray, I'd love to join your group again... one of the bests... Please let's do it more often...

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Stephanie

    I looked up this ride a few years ago but never did it. I'm looking forward to it!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • "Pete Santiago" - P.

    I'll try to make it....let's see I have an event to go to......

    1 · March 25, 2014

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