Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Trails is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trenton, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Overall this is not too bad of a hike, especially for this part of NJ (also if you're in to bird watching). However there are some caveats. I went early on a Sunday morning (started at 8 AM; finished about 10 AM) and I would say that is the best time and day to do this trail. Why? To start, there's no hunting on Sunday and this is an active hunting area (you'll come across many shotgun shells along certain parts of the trail -- I guess those hunters weren't too concerned with "leave no trace"). And if you want some solitude, go early. When I returned to my car at 10 AM, there were people there training hunting dogs, and several horseback riders starting the trails.
I mentioned going early for some solitude, but that won't come along with peace. There is a shooting range nearby and you will hear gunfire throughout your hike. It's more prominent when you're West of Stone Tavern Lake. That was the main negative part of the hike (and a little unnerving, but I kept reminding myself the gunfire was coming from the shooting range). Otherwise I enjoyed it. I did the trail counter clockwise which I'm glad I did, because towards the end that means you get a short ascent with a nice panoramic view (which reminded me to make sure I bring my binoculars along next time; and for the birds). I also think it's easier to follow the trail counter clockwise. You will encounter many side trails along the way, many which actually do rejoin the main trail. If you have time and want to do some exploring, there are several options to do so with those side trails.
The trail is basically a horse trail, so it's pretty easy to follow. It is not really blazed, although you will see some blazes (pink, blue, orange) to the East of Stone Tavern Lake. But don't expect them to be of much use. For this trail, you really need to have your phone out with AllTrails running the entire time so you can see where you are on the map. When you're West of the lake, you're in open fields bordered by woods. But when you're East (and around) the lake, you're walking through the woods on a narrow path. So it's a nice mix.
ETRA LAKE PARK in East Windsor
1.7 mile unpaved easy trail for walking or trail running. Paved mile bike path around athletic fields and newly planted woods across road. Also bike path, about 1 mile, connects to Twin Rivers cul-de-sac near cable company
The Robbinsville site on the map is wrong. The town is a couple of miles from where it's shown on this map.
Assunpink offers many more trails than what you see on this map. None of them are marked for hiking but if you're willing to explore, there's a lot of nice walking through forests, by lakes, and fields. There're enough trails (Or open fields) to keep you busy most of the day. There's a nice viewpoint (By the air traffic signal) that you don't tend to find anywhere else in this part of NJ. There're also nice hidden views of lakes to be found by those willing to explore. Hunting is big in the area, so stick to Sundays during prime season. With its mix of fields and forests, it's a nice place to walk if you want to be in an area that reminds you of the central Jersey landscape forty years ago. Go to the coffee house in Allentown, NJ when you're done for a quaint place to enjoy a snack or light lunch.
Not really for hiking
Boring horse trails