Route: Union Transportation Trail (NJ)

Submitted by Kevin Diefenbach on Sun, 06/27/2021 - 07:29pm
New Jersey, US
9.16 mi
Vertical Gain
380 ft

The Union Transportation Trail was once the Pemberton & Hightstown Railroad, a short line established in 1864 to provide dairies and farms access to larger railroads at junctions in Pemberton (Burlington County) and Hightstown (Mercer County). The railroad began operating in 1868, traveling through Hornerstown, Cream Ridge, Davis, Imlaystown and Sharon in Upper Freehold Township. Passenger service ceased in 1931, but freight service continued on sections of the line until 1977.

Today, the Union Transportation Trail is ideal for equestrians, hikers, walkers, joggers and bicyclists. The first two miles of this gravel trail, opened in 2010, include a rehabilitated historic wood trestle bridge over Lahaway Creek, which is one of the few physical remnants of the old railroad. Two parking lots and access points are available at Millstream Road, Rt. 537 and Jonathan Holmes Road.