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Best trails in Princeton

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Looking for a great trail near Princeton, New Jersey? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Hacklebarney State Park or Cheesequake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Fairmount Park or Wissahickon Valley Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Princeton ranging from 0.9 to 37.8 miles and from 6 to 301 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Princeton
Top trails (15)
#1 - Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve Trail
Community Park North
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
#2 - Herrontown Woods Trails
Autumn Hill Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 57 m
NOTE: It has been reported tat part of the red trail is closed due to mud season. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#3 - Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
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Length: 37.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#4 - Woodfield Reservation Loop
Woodfield Reservation
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
The Woodfield Reservation is a wooded park owned by Princeton Borough. The park is located on a steep slope on Princeton Ridge, north of the town. This trail includes some quiet residential streets. They have very little traffic, but note that there is no sidewalk. It is also possible to loop among the trails within the reservation.Show more
#5 - Trolley Track, Founder's Walk, River's Edge, and Far Trail Loop
Princeton Battlefield State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
#6 - Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve Loop
Princeton, New Jersey
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Note: This trail is subject to closures during hunting season. More information here: https://www.franklintwpnj.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/34/2554Show more
#7 - Delaware and Raritan Canal-Millstone Valley
Cook State Natural Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#8 - Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath - Historic Brearley House to Turning Basin
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
#9 - Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath Loop via Mapleton Road
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
#10 - Greenway Meadows and Ettl Farm Trail
Greenway Meadows
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
This trail connects Princeton's Greenway Meadows and Woodfield Reservation public parks via the Ettl Farm Trail along the Stony Brook and some lightly trafficked residential streets. The route starts at Greenway Meadows Park in Princeton and follows the Rosedale Road bike / walking path Fairway Drive. Turn right and follow Fairway to its end at Wendover. Turn left on Wendover and follow it to its end, where an asphalt path on the left leads to a pipeline right-of-way. On the downhill end of the right-of-way, the trail continues on the left. This leads downhill along a stony path with switchbacks to the Stony Brook. Turn left and follow the trail; it is not blazed or marked, but is obvious along its entire route. About 1,500 feet after the switchbacks is a fork with a high branch and a low branch. Both branches eventually end at the Province Line Road pedestrian bridge, but the upper path allows easier access to the road, which is closed to vehicle traffic in this section.Show more
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