Bicycle on the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail

MEET AT PARKING LOT. Directions below.  (Look for White Ford Explorer)

Plan is to bike in and return same way. We will decide how far to travel as a group.

The following is taken from:
http://www.libertygap.org/paulinskill-sussex.html

History

The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are echoes from the past of thriving railroads that connect to the surrounding cultural and natural environment. Passing through the Highlands, Ridge and Valley Physiographic provinces of northern New Jersey in Sussex and Warren counties, these once abandoned railroad corridors cross landscapes of mostly farmland, forests, streams and towns. The Trails intersect at Warbasse Junction in Lafayette Township, Sussex County. Both corridors are part of Kittatinny Valley State Park and the New Jersey Trails System.

Paulinskill Valley Trail

The Paulinskill Valley Trail was once part of the right-of-way of the New York-Susquehanna and Western Railroad. The route closely followed the Paulins Kill, a tributary of the Delaware River, and was originally used to transport agricultural products and Pennsylvania coal to the cities and towns of eastern New Jersey and New York City. Freight transport of locally produced goods such as dairy products and Portland cement, in addition to some passenger service, were also major parts of the railroad's business. The original portion of the line was built in 1886 and, over time, continued to expand. Railroad operations ceased in 1962. Local citizens organized and waged a long term lobbying effort to save the corridor as a recreational trail. The state Green Acres Program ultimately purchased the property for non-motorized recreational trail use in 1992. Historic artifacts associated with the rail line, such as mile markers with distances to and from its terminus in Jersey City, whistle stop markers, depot foundations and railroad bridges are still in evidence along the trail. The Paulinskill Valley Trail extends 27 miles from Knowlton in Warren County eastward through Blairstown, Frelinghuysen, Hardwick, Stillwater, Fredon, Hampton, and Lafayette, to its eastern terminus at Sparta Junction in Sussex County. Rock outcroppings, farmlands, small towns, forests and wetlands are among the diverse landscape features found along the trail.

Additional Trail Info:

http://www.railstotrails.org/resources/documents/resource_docs/Paulinskill%20Valley%20Trail%20Users%20Survey_Final_lr.pdf

Suggestions of what to bring: 

-Hybrid or Mountain Bike (Off Road Bicycle) 

·2 Extra Bike Tubes and Portable Air Pump (Note: if you get a flat(s) and you do not have spare tubes, you will have to walk your bike back.) I can assist with and teach you how to change your tubes. 

· Helmet

· Bug spray Containing Tick Repellent

· Camera

· 2+ Liters of Water

· *Hearty Snack and LUNCH

· Rain Poncho 

· Cash – if you join us for something to eat as it makes settling the bill that much easier.

Leaders cell # provided to attendees early morning day of ride.

RISK DISCLAIMER: Please remember this is a social event and not a professionally guided bike ride.  By participating in this bike ride, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents, and you acknowledge bicycling is a dangerous activity that could lead to injury or death. Always come prepared and equipped as if you are hiking on your own. In the event of an emergency, your fellow bikers will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.

By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.

Rain or threat of thunderstorms actually makes this event more fun and will not cancel. Please check the website by 7:00 AM for any updates/changes.

Directions:

From RT. 80. Take I-80 West via EXIT 41B toward Del Water Gap. Merge onto RT-15 N via EXIT 34B toward Jefferson/Sparta. Turn slight left onto RT-94 Morris Farm Rd. Continue to follow RT-94. Take the 1st left onto Warbasse Junction Rd/CR-663.  Park in lot on right.

From Rt 23. Take RT-23 North Turn left onto CR-631/Franklin Ave. Turn slight right onto Church St/CR-631. Continue to follow CR-631. Take the 3rd left onto CR-631/N Church Rd. Turn left onto RT-94. Turn right onto RT-15/RT-94. Turn slight left onto RT-94/Morris Farm Rd. Continue to follow RT-94.  Take the 1st left onto Warbasse Junction Rd/CR-663.

 

 

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  • martine

    Hope you do this again.... I have an appointment in the afternoon and don't want to take a chance that I will miss it.

    July 29, 2013

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