Henry Hudson Trail - Monmouth County
Henry Hudson Trail
Activity Center - 945 State Hwy 36, Leonardo 07737
Popamora Point - 369 Shore Drive, Highlands 07732
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
Henry Hudson Trail Brochure & Map (pdf)
Northern Section: Aberdeen to Highlands, NJ (Activity Center - 945 State Hwy. 36, Leonardo)
Southern Extension: Freehold to Marlboro and Aberdeen
Status on the Atlantic Highlands section
The section of trail between Highlands and the Atlantic Highlands Marina is open. Trail conditions are primitive and users should expect significant wet and muddy patches, with no alternate route around. Additionally, some trail neighbors have been granted permission to use the trail for construction vehicle access as they continue to make repairs to their storm damaged properties. Users should exercise caution and watch for construction vehicles in some locations. Learn more storm damage to this section of the trail.
An additional detour is adjacent to Jersey Avenue, just west of Roase Lane in Union Beach, where a bridge remains out. Please obey all posted closures.
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.
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.
Currently, the trail runs 4 miles from Rt. 537 in Freehold to Big Brook Park in Marlboro. The trail then resumes at Station Road in Marlboro and continues for 5 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.
The National Rail-Trail Network
From the marshy regions of the Bayshore (Atlantic Highlands to Aberdeen) to the woods and fields of Marlboro and Freehold, the Henry Hudson Trail offers a wonderfully changing landscape as it traverses the County. The varied scenery, as well as the beautifully maintained conditions, are just two reasons why this trail was selected to be part of the National Rails-to-Trails Network. The Park System is proud to have earned this distinction, along with other unused rail corridors that have been transformed into vibrant community recreational trails
Please remember that all saltwater anglers (age 16 and up) in New Jersey need to register or re-register with the state's free saltwater fishing online registry.
Map of Northern Portion PDF or Mobile Device
Map of Southern Portion PDF or Mobile Device