Columbia Trail: High Bridge to Bartley

EASY 15 reviews

Columbia Trail: High Bridge to Bartley is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near High Bridge, NJ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.1 miles 584 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

hiking
30 days ago

2 months ago

From High Bridge you can take the high road, the rail trail, go towards Califon and return through Lockwood Gorge along the town and the river. Two different experiences on the same ride.

mountain biking
4 months ago

perfect trail for walking, running, biking. nice shade. nice little run

hiking
4 months ago

Walked a couple miles out and back from High Bridge. Looks like a great, flat trail for mountain biking and it was a nice stroll for us. There were plenty of hikers and bikers even though it was pretty hot. As such, if you're looking for quiet and solitude, this might not be the ideal venue. But if you want an easy flat trail with a decent amount of shade, it works.

mountain biking
4 months ago

nice ride. stopped at bex in califon, good eats, a little pricey.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Very good easy ride for the families..lots of runners too. The view of the gorge is fantastic. Stop for Mexican at high bridge... Nice morning...

8 months ago

Relaxing with nice scenery and convenient stopping palaces. Cycled this trail dozens of times and I travel from Westfield to do so. It's THAT food.

hiking
1 year ago

This is definitely a walk, not a hike. I went toward Schooley's and did a makeshift hike just to get a little dirty, but this is more for someone wanting to ride their bike or go for a run. If you are looking to hike on a mountain this is not where you want to go.

nature trips
2 years ago

It is so beautiful here. Great for a walk or a bike ride. One of my favorite places.

hiking
2 years ago

A very simple hike—more of a really long walk, really—but very pretty. I took the Columbia Trail to River Road and walked the Ken Lockwood Gorge at gorge-level. It was a hot day, but the shade and the spray from the creak kept things enjoyable.

This is a very popular trail, so if you're looking for a hike to "lose yourself in your thoughts," this isn't in that genre. Even so, it was a pretty and refreshing long walk.

walking
3 years ago

Nice easy trail, gravel path with no elevation changes. Not much in the way of views but good autumn color. The distance is misleading, this trail is labeled High Bridge to Ken Lockwood Gorge which according to the distance markers is about 2.75 miles each way (5.5 mile round trip) but the distance was listed as 7 miles which is the entire length of the trail which would be a 14 mile roundtrip.

road biking
5 years ago

Love this trail so much! Mostly flat because it's a rail trail. Gravel on top of a paved path. Municipal parking is across the path on main street in high bridge. Lots of bikers and running. A nice family setting. Really cool because you're high up above the gorge and can look down.

walking
5 years ago

well, took the hour drive and thought it was going to be better. the trail is completely flat and gravel 98% of the trail. it busy with bike riders and not really much to look at in the area. the river / creek etc are not as close as the map makes them out to be. there is no where to stop and have lunch. it was a relaxing 7 mile walk.. we didn't need to pack anything but a bladder for water. we packed a complete day pack. OH.. one hint, park in municipal lot and walk across main st.

trail running
6 years ago

The Columbia Trail can also be accessed in Long Valley near the bottom of Schooley's Mnt. From there it's a long, beautiful walk on a trail surrounded by woods to either Califon or High Bridge. I like to walk and run the trail. There are A LOT of bicyclists, as well as the occasional horseback rider! It's been rather busy these past few weekends now that the heat of summer has abated. I prefer a more quiet run, so I try to get there mid week.

road biking
6 years ago

Beautiful views and easy riding! I love this trail for walking, biking, or jogging. It not only has a beautiful river running next to it but also has forrest and farm like environment along side. It is also wonderful for dogs, since they are allowed to stay on the trail as well as swim in the river once you decent down to it. :) I would definitely recommend this trail to those looking for an easy and relaxing trail! :)
(They paved most of it now, but it is still wonderful and worth trying out!)