East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway stretches from Maine to Florida. When it is completed, it will provide an off-road route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Fla., a 2,950-mile lowland Appalachian Trail that will weave through nearly every major city along the East Coast.
From families looking for a Sunday outing to those seeking an interstate adventure, the trail is intended to offer a safe way to bike along the Eastern Seaboard, just as the Appalachian Trail provides a path to hike the region.
In New Jersey, the Greenway weaves a 92-mile serpentine path from the Delaware to the Hudson River, through 27 towns in six counties. A good part of the southern portion uses the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath, from Trenton to South Bound Brook.
In Union County, the East Coast Greenway enters the county at the Rahway-Woodbridge border and then follows the Rahway River up through Winfield to Cranford. While a good part of the route either winds through Union County parkland and quiet nearby streets, the route’s designers were forced to put cyclists onto some of the county’s more heavily traveled roads until alternative routes could be built.
The County created a new path through Lenape and Black Brook Parks and reroute the Greenway off the heavily traveled Kenilworth Boulevard.
The new 1.4 mile off road path uses Lenape and Black Brook Parks and passes through the towns of Cranford, Kenilworth, Springfield and Union.