Columbia Trail at Night


Since the Morrris County part is controled by the parks commision, parks close at sunset. But I don't think it is enforced. No idea about the Hunterton end.


Sport Bacon
Team MTBNJ Halter's
Same answer on the Hunterdon end. Parks close at dusk. I have seen people walking dogs with flashlights there and I've never seen the Park Rangers bother them, so I gotta imagine you'd be fine. But, yes, technically, there is a county ordinance prohibiting it.


New Member
Thanks -- I've been waiting since Sept to see an answer to this question, appreciate the response!

I've never ridden at night before. This could be fun to do in a full moon sometime? Do you think that's possible w/o a fancy LED headlight (ride a level easy surface w/ no artificial lighting)?
Before the storm CT was graded and pretty much paved with cinder dust. I call it the Ho Chi Minh Trail, it's so flat, smooth and wide. At times I've ridden it at night with no lights, (not on purpose,) and it is pitch black, but it can be done; it's just not any fun. Any cruddy commuter light is probably adequate as long as you don't go too fast.


Well-Known Member
I live in High bridge and we ride the trail at night a lot in Winter. The ride from HB to Long Valley and back riding tempo at night with lights is great fun. I am aware of no prohibition. If there is one it is not enforeced.

Arwen's Mom

Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains
be careful with parking, check for signs at the lot about being closed after dark. If you park in the lot and the trail is not "open" at night, you could come back and find your car has been towed/ticketed

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