That's too bad. I could go on and on about the wonderful roads to be found in Warren County. Probably the best cycling in NJ, especially if you like hills.Warren twp Somerset cty.
Try going east to Mountainside. The Watchung Reservation is great. Not Lake Road. But Lake Surprise is beautiful. So is Echo Lake. Also amazing houses on the lakes in Watchung.Thanks njbiker...I actually mapped that out the other day and was wondering if it would be a good ride! Ill check it out sometime this week. I've been hooked on the peapack routes we mentioned before...I love the bridges and lakes and streams...Gorgeous ride. Alan...sry...I was curious about warren twp to switch it up but yea...not sure how scenic it is...we will see.
I guess that's the problem I have with Warren Twsp - that it's not particularly scenic. For the most part it's all residential, and the traffic that goes with it. There's not much scenery such as farms, expansive vistas, forests, lakes, rivers that you can find in other nearby areas. Or swamps.Alan...sry...I was curious about warren twp to switch it up but yea...not sure how scenic it is...we will see.
I agree on Ferguson. Prefer Dead River but Ferguson is very nice too.Unless you're looking solely for short rides it's not worth it to head to Watchung reservation. IMO your time is certainly wasted heading any further east from that point. There's really only the reservation itself which isn't too big and there's nothing worthwhile in any direction nearby, and on top of that the roads aren't too quiet either. From Warren I'd try to head north and/or west, that's headed towards the better riding in this area. Also check out njbikemap.com, look for the central NJ map. Plenty of good roads to be found not too far from Warren.
In Warren Ferguson Rd is a nice connector between Dock Watch Hollow & King George
All true. Maybe I should amend my point to say that mile for mile you get more "good stuff" going west, and anything good in this vicinity (I'm in Springfield) comes in short segments with steaming turds in between. I've never biked through South Mountain on a Sunday, I've wanted to but I just never make it there.Disagree with the assesment of going East. I prefer West. But going East of the Reservation can get you to South Mountain Reservation which is fantastic on a Sunday morning. No cars. From there you can go North to Eagle Rock Reservation.
Yes. I prefer going West. But there are a few nice rides to the East.
I have done it on some club rides. Great place to hammer on the way home. And Eagle Rock has fantastic views of the city. After a solid climb.All true. Maybe I should amend my point to say that mile for mile you get more "good stuff" going west, and anything good in this vicinity (I'm in Springfield) comes in short segments with steaming turds in between. I've never biked through South Mountain on a Sunday, I've wanted to but I just never make it there.
I have probably seen you out there. In Mountainside. Almost every ride starts by going up Deer Path to Tanager then down through the Reservation on Skytop. And usually ends going Mountain to Glenside to Tracy past Lake Surprise. If I am still feeling good I add am Ackerman climb or two. Which btw they just repaved. Much needed.My favorite route through that area is to ride along the ridge of the 1st Watchung Mountain. Great views. Sunset Ridge & Mouintain Top in Bridgewater, followed by Washington Rock, Johnson Drive, New Providence Rd past Seeley's Pond, and then Skytop thru the reservation. On the return leg I usually climb Glenside to Mountain Ave and then head back west. Sure, there's some traffic to deal with between these "segments", but I certainly wouldn't characterize them as "steaming turds".
My favorite road there is Johnson Drive, especially in the eastbound direction. The initial climb has an Alpe d'Huez quality to it, and on a clear day you get nice views of the Manhattan skyline. Just be careful when you come out onto Bonnie Burn to the intersection with New Providence. A cyclist went down there just a couple days ago.
Bicyclist down at Bonnie Burn Road in Watchung; traffic delays clearing | NJ.com