Six Mile Reservoir and the D&H Canal Trail

sixmilerunreservoirIn Somerset NJ is a hidden gem for biking of all kinds. From road to trail riding there is something for everyone at six mile run reservoir site and the surrounding area.

About an hour from the GWB this place is well worth the trip.


Tip:
Don’t ride six mile run after a heavy rain the soil takes a while to drain and conditions are slick as snot when wet.

Certain areas allow for bow hunting however on  Sunday’s  hunting is prohibited through-out the park.

My ride today consisted of a short ride on the single track from Jacques Lane Parking Lot to the Canal Road parking lot.

Six Mile Run

Abandoned car on the red trail

The single track at six mile is excellent. Tight and twisty with some off camber sections.
There are plenty of roots and some rock, logs, v-ditches, and man-made features make for a challenging and exhilarating ride.

 Six Mile run Trail Map

 

 

 

Bridge on the D&R Canal Path

One of the many Bridges along the D&R Canal Path

I then rode a short way south on Canal Road to Blackwellsmill Road and made a left to go over a wooden bridge and start on the canal path at mile marker-21.
The Canal path is almost completely flat with only a few short rises. It crosses over a few spillways which are reminiscent of the Pave in France.

Although the trail is not too interesting from a strictly riding point of view (straight and flat), the scenery along the trail more than make the D&R Canal Path a worthwhile ride.

At 34.3 miles long, the D&R Canal Towpath is the longest completed trail segment of the East Coast Greenway (ECG).
The ECG is an ambitious effort to create a trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles. Starting in Maine and ending in Key West Florida, the ECG links all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.
New Jersey East Coast Greenway Map

Where to Park:

  • Mountain Bike Ride : Route 27 Lot by the soccer field
  • Canal Path: 625 Canal Road , Somerset NJ 08873
  • Mix it Up: Jacques Lane Lot

Pictures from today’s Ride


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