This trail offers about 4 miles of marked trails with mostly grassy footing that is fine for barefoot horses. It connects to the Cole Road Greenway. The terrain is very gentle and mostly flat. Trailer parking is available at Roosevelt Road Park. However, it is strongly recommended that you ride up Roosevelt Road and access the trail from the Heath Road trailhead. The yellow trail access from Roosevelt Park is extremely boggy with ditches and is not safe for horses. There is one or more easy water crossings, depending on your route. You can ride around the retention basin, along the Lachenmayr Farm and the Round Field which was an Indian encampment years ago.
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Deer Path Park offers about 6+ miles of marked trails with varying terrain. Shoes or boots are recommended for some sections over on Round Mountain. The remainder of the trails have nice footing for barefoot horses. The Peter Buell Trail is extremely rocky and not recommended for horses. Trailer parking is available in the Soccer Lot at Deer Path Park, which is accessed from West Woodschurch Road. First lot on your left, adjacent to the soccer fields. Riders must stay on the marked horse trail, as the jogging trails are for people ONLY. Half of the trails go toward, then along, the banks of the South Branch River with access to get into the water. The other half cross West Woodschurch Road and go up and over Round Mountain, connecting to The Round Mountain Trail System.
DEER PATH PARK
The Pleasant Run Greenway offers 3+ miles of marked trails and connects with the new Lazy Brook Greenway. Trailer parking for the Pleasant Run Greenway is located in the parking lot of Summer Road Park. A short ride down the road will get you to the main trail head located at the intersection of Summer Rd and Hixson Rd. Footing is mainly grassy and is excellent for barefoot horses. The terrain is mostly mild with rolling hills.
The trails traverse open fields, a cedar forest and woodlands as they meander toward the Pleasant Run. An easy loop at the south end circles an open field. The main trail continues northward through a cedar forest and then along the bank of a tributary feeding into Pleasant Run. From a stream crossing, the trail climbs to the central field loop.
The trail Boss is Karen Villani.
PLEASANT RUN GREENWAY
There are well over 10 miles of marked trails on Cole Road Greenway East and West. This trail is located on both sides of Cole Rd and also connects to the Lachenmyer Trail. Trailer parking is 1/10 of a mile north of the intersection of Pleasant Run Rd (CR 629) and Cole Rd. At the trail head, proceed down the gravel drive through the gate. Take your first left into a field and park anywhere in that field. Please call ahead for the combination to the locked gate. Alternately, you can park on Morninstar Rd off Hillcrest or on the cul-de-sac at the end of Edgewood Rd off 523.
The trails are well marked and traverse mostly level and gently sloping terrain, along the edges of fields and through forested sections. The mostly grassy footing is excellent on almost the entire trail, which makes it excellent for barefoot horses. Some spur trails are suitable for hikers only due to low branches and low clearance.
Round Mountain Trails offer about 7+ miles of riding and run through both Readington Township and Hunterdon County Open Space. The trails connect to Deer Path Park Trails. The main White Trail starts from 629 by Woodschurch rd, and goes up then over the top, then back down to the Stanton General Store. Parking for trailers at Readington Township's Dobozynski farm. This is a technical trail with steep terrain. Some sections are very rocky. Shoes or boots recommended. There is a nice loop around the top of the mountain with good footing. The Peter Buell Trail is open to horses but is extremely rocky and is not recommended for riding.
New! Please note that the section of trail across from the Stanton General Store going up to the top of the mountain has sustained damage and is closed to horses at this time. Trail Boss is Lisa Hall
Information on the various trail sections are provided below. Links to trail maps are also provided. Main Page for all trail maps>>
Please be sure to stay on the marked trails and to the edge of all fields. Some portions of trail corridors may be adjacent to, or cross over private land via access easements and special permission for members only.
Please clean up all manure, hay, etc. in the designated trailer parking locations. Please be especially meticulous when using lots of multi-use parks such as Pickell Park, Summer Road Park, Deer Path Park etc. so that we continue to be welcomed by other park users.
During hunting season, please wear blaze orange at all times. Also, during hunting season (generally Sept-Feb) please avoid peak hunting periods such as before 10 am, after 4 pm and Saturdays.
Much of the township open space where our trails reside are leased out to hunting clubs. Our goal is to work closely with the various clubs in mutual respect and tolerance.
The full length of the trail from Pickell Park to the parking area of the Cushetunk Mountain Preserve is approximately four miles. For trailer parking, turn into the main entrance for Pickell Park on Mountain Rd. and proceed to the back of the lot. The Blue Trail starts from Pickell Park and is mostly shaded on an old farm road that runs down through the center of the park. The shaded sections are rocky but you have the option to ride either side of the main trail in fields with excellent, grassy footing. The Yellow Trail spurs off of the Blue Trail and has a water crossing. It then meets back up with the Blue Trail. The Blue Trail and Yellow Trail split again before the power line section. Blue and Yellow meet again under the power lines, then the Blue Trail ascends 300 ft up the mountain to the White Lookout Trail. Very steep and rocky, so shoes, boots and conditioned horses recommended on this section. Blue trail continues along the ridge of the mountain to connect with Cushetunk trails. Trail Boss is Kariann Marshall.
Readington Trail Association
The Lazy Brook Greenway is a new trail under development. It is not marked or officially mapped as of yet, but will be in the near future. It will offer about 2.5 miles of trails and connects to the Pleasant Run Greenway. Trailers can park at Summer Road Park, or there is an expanded parking lot on Summer Road that can accommodate horse trailers. The trail is mostly level and traverses the edge of open fields. At one point, you navigate downhill, through a small water crossing then up the other side. Footing is excellent for barefoot horses. Please stay tuned for additional information on trail development.
PICKELL PARK TO CUSHETUNK MTN
LAZY BROOK GREENWAY
BOUMAN STICKNEY FARMSTEAD
COLE ROAD GREENWAY
Trail Bosses have been assigned to various sections of the trails in Readington. If you encounter any trail issues, unsafe conditions or downed trees, please contact the designated trail boss by sending an email to ReadingtonTrailAssociation@yahoo.com. Trail bosses are also responsible for working with Carrie to schedule trail clearings as needed.
Lisa- White Trail, top of Round Mountain
Kariann- Pickel Park and Cushetunk
Janet- Deer Path Park
Anne- Stickney up to Deer Path
Karen V- Pleasant Run & Lazy Brook Greenways
Brian & yLnnette- Lachenmayr Trail
Anne- Cole Rd
TRAIL INFO & MAPS
The Bouman Stickney farmstead has 60 acres of open fields, and one short trail through the woods. There is limited trailer parking for 1-2 trailers in the farm parking lot which is accessed off Dreahook Rd. You can ride the edges of each of 5 fields for a total of about 1 mile of trail. The farmstead connects to the Round Mountain Trail Network. The house and farmstead are beautiful and the footing is grassy and excellent for barefoot horses. Please stay on the mowed edges of all the fields as they are used for hay. Trail Boss is Anne Owen.