This paved, 10-foot wide, 24-mile long trail is a former railroad right-of-way. It is relatively flat, traveling through both man-made and natural environments. Much of the trail is tree-lined, though some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams and fields. The Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center is located on Hwy 36, Leonardo near the intersection Hwy 36/Avenue D, Atlantic Highlands.

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Trail & Path Info

The trail is broken up into 3 sections:

Northern (Aberdeen/Keyport to the Leonardo)

The northern trail section runs 12 miles (just north of and parallel to Rt. 36) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at the intersection of Lloyd Rd. and Clark St. to the Leonardo section of Middletown/Atlantic Highlands border at Avenue D. After sharing the road, the trail resumes at the Atlantic Highlands Marina and continues along Sandy Hook Bay to Popamora Point on Atlantic Highlands - Highlands border.

Southern 1 (Marlboro to Aberdeen) / Southern 2 (Freehold to Marlboro)

Currently, the trail runs four miles from Rt. 537 in Freehold to Big Brook Park in Marlboro. The trail then resumes at Station Road in Marlboro and continues for five miles to Church Street in Matawan. Future plans for the Trail include linking these two sections of trail and providing a connection to the original, northern section of the Henry Hudson Trail. The park totals 100 acres.

Trip Ideas

There are many sections to this great rail trail. Depending on where you park, you may also be able to find a fossil bed to explore in Big Brook Park, a sandwhich or lunch in Middletown, or even a great view at the Mount Mitchel Overlook of Twin Lights.


Activity Center - 945 State Hwy 36, Leonardo 07737

Popamora Point - 369 Shore Drive, Highlands 07732

Editor's Note....

We have visited the HHTrail many times, and have always loved it. From biking the Freehold Section, to walking the eastern most tip near the Highlands, this trail is great for all types of activities.

Amenities / Features of Henry Hudson Trail:

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Parks and Natural Areas
County Parks
Rail To Trail
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All Activities
General Amenities
Trails / Trail Information
Hybrid Bike
Mountain Bike
Road Bike
Bird watching
Jogging / Running
Trail Running
Parking - Street Parking Available
Parking Lot(s)
Picnic / Sitting Area
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Central NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Shore (Monm, Ocean)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.4425
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.1704
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Henry Hudson Trail
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
Special Connections
County Park Systems
Monmouth County Parks
Trails / Trail Information
Flat / Easy
Rail To Trail
Surface Type(s)
Crushed rock
Water Trails (kayak / boat)

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