public support group for the completion of the Henry Hudson Trail
is The Monmouth Heritage Trail Inc.
Advocacy Support Group?
Heritage Trail, Inc. is a non-profit group whose purpose is to "promote
the preservation, protection and balanced use of the Henry Hudson Trail
as a recreational trail for the benefit of the public." The group's
mission is to gain the support of local municipalities, environmental,
civic and community groups, business and homeowners. The mission also
includes urging acquisition of the rail corridor by the County through
purchase, "rail banking", or long-term recreational easement.
We support dedicated funds for its development and maintenance as a
rail-trail for non-motorized use by the public.
If you are interested in supporting the M.H.T., Inc./H.H.T.-S.E. efforts,
please contact the Monmouth Heritage Trail,Inc. at P.O. Box 170, Wickatunk,
Henry Hudson Trail runs for twelve miles. As of October 2005, the trail
has been completed in two 5 mile segments. It begins at the Matawan
train station and continues roughly parallel to Route 79 through Matawan
Borough, Aberdeen, Marlboro and Freehold Townships before ending in
Freehold Borough at the old Central Railroad of New Jersey train station.
The newly opened southern segment goes from 537 in Freehold to Allen
St. (near Rt. 520) in Marlboro. Then after a one mile gap its northern
segment picks up at Station Rd. and travels to Church Street in Matawan.
In the future the gap to the "old" Henry Hudson Trail that
travels to Atlantic Highlands will be completed. The gap between Allen
Street to Station Road will also be finished sometime in the future.
The trail will pass through and have access to the Big Brook Park in
The rail line began in the 1860s as the Monmouth County Agricultural
Railroad. The railroad carried produce, manufactured goods and "marl"
fertilizer to the rail pier in Keyport. All service ceased in the 1950s.
The property is owned by N.J. Transit and is under lease to the Monmouth
County Park System.
The Railroad Return and Destroy The Henry HudsonTrail?
In March of 2005, we became aware of an
effort by NJ Transit to restore railroad service to our recreational
trail. Under the M.O.M. (Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) Railroad Restoration
Plan, NJ Transit and Mercer County State Senator Peter Inverso reintroduced
the Freehold to Matawan extension (Henry Hudson Trail Southern Extension)
as a number one pick for a railroad. Although the Freehold to Matawn
extension had been eliminated twice before sice it was too costly and
too close to private property, Mr. Inverso insisted that it be re-included.
due to so called "ridership numbers" NJ Transit is pursuing
a course of action that could cause the Henry Hudson Trail to be in
jeopardy. The trail is administered by the Monmouth County Park System
and is leased for
the next 18 years for the use as a trail. However at NJ Transits' request
it could revert back to a railroad and Monmouth County would lose over
2.2 million dollars in trail construction. Monmouth and Ocean County
governments are fully in support of the railroad running west through
Jamesburg and connecting at Monmouth Junction where a railroad would
connect with the Northeast Corridor that runs up from Washington to
New York City. We at the Monmouth Heritage Trail support the "Monmouth
Junction Route" and feel that the Freehold to Matawan route should
stay The Henry Hudson Trail.
THE TRAIL, MOVE THE RAIL!
Action Can I Take Now?
Join us! See the Monmouth Heritage Trail, Inc. membership paragraph
Send an email to New Jersey Transit at email@example.com.
You need to tell the NJ Transit folks that you want to see the Middlesex,
Ocean, Monmouth (M.O.M.)Project go forward as a railroad project and
to remove the Lakehurst (Freehold) to Matawan line as a possible railroad
restoration project. You should also say that you support the existing
Henry Hudson Trail as a recreational cycling and walking path.
apositive e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this email say "Thank you" for the Henry Hudson Trail-
Southern Extension. Also let them know how important it is to you to
see it completed and preserved as a recreational facility for you and
are nearly 10,000 miles of rail-trails in the United States.
More than 2,000 rail trails exist in 48 states.
- New Jersey has 20 rail-trails distancing over
200 miles from Cape May to Sussex Counties. These include two rail-trails
in Monmouth County: the Henry Hudson Trail and the Edgar Felix Bikeway.
- Developing rail-trails from unused or abandoned railroad corridors is
a cost-efficient way to create and add to area recreational resources
without having to acquire expensive open property.
- Rail-trails provide safe, quiet places for children and adults to walk,
cycle, skate, ride horses and cross-country ski away from busy roads.
When surfaced with macadam, rail-trails can be made accessible to people
- Rail-trails bring economic benefits to the towns through which they
pass, from development and maintenance jobs and money spent by trail
users in nearby retail stores and attractions.
- Realtors in some large cities in which rail-trails pass through residential
neighborhoods claim that houses adjacent to a trail can sell for up
to six percent more than houses farther away, because the rail-trail
is viewed as a selling asset.
- Privacy of adjacent home owners can be maintained by planting shrubs
and installing fencing. Studies have proved that vandalism is nearly
non-existent in residential areas.
can I support the Monmouth Heritage Trail Inc.?
If you would like to help secure the legacy of the Monmouth
Heritage Trail, we would be happy to accept your gift of $25.00. You
will be entitled to a one-year membership. Additionally, newsletters
are sent periodically to keep you updated on this worthwhile project.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, please send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope with your contribution.
Make checks or money orders payable to: Monmouth Heritage Trail, Inc.
Monmouth Heritage Trail Inc.
P.O. Box 170
Wickatunk, N.J. 07765
Henry Hudson Trail and Bike Path - Matawan Segment
Click here to view the Google map of the Henry Hudson Trail
(When you arrive at this page, zoom out to view entire trail. Also, click on icons on left side to view map areas.)