Lawrence Hopewell Trail

New Jersey

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Lawrence Hopewell Trail Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Mercer
Length: 17.7 miles
Trail end points: Weldon Way (Hopewell Township) and Delware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail (Lawrence Township)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032664
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lawrence Hopewell Trail Description

Lawrence Hopewell Trail currently runs for 17 miles on public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell townships, about five miles north of Trenton. Trail planners hope to complete the trail, which will form a 22-mile loop, in 2016.

The trail links business districts, parks, schools, historic villages, and playing fields, and offers views of farmland and woodlands. At the Lawrence Township end, the trail links to the Delware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. The LHT is broken into segments, each with its own unique historic and natural features. The open sections lie mainly on the west side of the loop, with one small open section on the east side of the loop. You can read more about them on the LHT website (link to the right under "Related Links").

Horseback riding is permitted on a portion of the trail within Mercer Meadows.

Parking and Trail Access

For more information on parking and trail access, visit Friends of the LHT.

Lawrence Hopewell Trail Reviews

The LHT is many trails in one. We rode from the parking area (98 Carson Rd. in Princeton) to Bristol Meyers Squibb in Hopewell. To create a loop, we took Elm Ridge Rd. to Carter Rd. and back to the trail at the Educational Testing Service, then back to the car. If you map to this parking area, your GPS takes you to the right location. (I've mapped many trail parking areas that aren't where they say they are. ) It's obvious that the community has put a lot into the development of this trail. I would give it a B+ for signage. There were only 2 or 3 spots where it wasn't quite clear. One major one is if you ride through Maidenhead Meadows Park, there's a point in the woods where you come to a T-intersection. There's no marking to indicate you go to the right. When you reach the road (Princeton Pike), take a left to ride along the road. There is a decent shoulder, which makes for safe road riding. Within about a half-mile, you'll see the Brearley House sign at Meadow Rd. This is a short, worthwhile side trip to see the 1761 home of a Constitution signer. This is where the D&R Canal trail is located. It's also a nice area for a short rest and snack. This trail has a mixture of settings - historical, woods, roads, neighborhoods (beautiful homes), and parks. Any type of bike can be ridden on most of this trail. The wooded areas had a lot of downed branches and leaves that might make them a little tricky with a road bike. Princeton is a great town for its architecture, shops, and restaurants.

The section of the trail from Lewisville Rd to the end of Wargo Rd is a great ride through varying landscapes. However the trails could be marked better. I would not recommend going beyond Wargo Rd at this time because the need to ride on roads that have little or no shoulder (especially Carter Rd).

Parked at the Brearley House and did the LHT to Rosedale Lake. Surface was pavement and cinder with a few gravelly spots to repair washouts. Two crossings of busy roads, but these were at crosswalks with traffic lights. Short lengths on quiet roads, but most of the trail was through parks. Trail signage was good. Lots of side trips available. All in all a great ride.


Much of the LHT has been completed since the last review. A superb paved path (Oct 2013) from Princeton Pike to the Lawrenceville School is the final step in connecting the Delaware & Raritan (D&R) canal path to Mercer Meadows (MM).

As can be seen on this map

some trails in MM are part of the LHT. MM is a great place to explore. New wooden bridges traverse boggy areas; there are observation towers, bird blinds, toilets, water, and historic monuments. Thank you Mercer Co Parks Dept!

My ride starts at Princeton Turning Basin Park on Alexander Road. I go south on the D&R path until the LHT connector (BH on map) and make my way north through Village Park to MM. Allow about an hour to MM, an hour (or more) exploring MM and an hour back. Mountain bike or hybrid with knobby tires recommended.

We roll this trail on 7/1/2012. Find this trail here and it looks and sound interesting. so I start look for more information because is not much here. With google search I found their official website this site have tons of information about this trail.

The total of this trail is listed 20+ miles, however, some of the trail is not competed at this time. We also have hard time to follow the trail path, some trail path signage is very good and some are unclear. Some of the trails are going through residents area, they looks like townhouse parking lots and some large corporation parking lot as well. We also got loss when we are at section 9 or 10 inside Rosedale Park. This section of trail is covered with mud and tall grass. The trail had split and the sign is unclear, we pick the wrong trail and ends up to nowhere. We only did about 12 miles and we have to head back because of the heat wave.

Overall this trail is nice and flat but need some more work to get it complete. Too bad my GPS have indicated many useless path with this trail because we got loss many times. Otherwise I will upload the GPS trail here.

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