The Columbia Trail strings together forests, farms and parklands as it stretches eleven miles among the small towns of High Bridge, Califon and Long Valley. Most of the corridor parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River. After passenger trains and rail cars laden with iron ore ceased running this line, the Columbia Gas Company constructed a pipeline under the former rail bed. It then transferred the surface rights to the Hunterdon and Morris County Parks Departments.
The Trail starts in High Bridge near the center of town, and parking is available at the Borough Commons parking lot on Main Street. Several lightly traveled side streets intersect the corridor before you encounter woodlands and the banks of the Raritan River, considered one of the State’s premier fly-fishing trout streams. Approximately one-quarter mile from the Commons, the Trail is intersected on the right by the Taylor SteelWorkers Historic Greenway. After about two miles, the Trail enters the magnificent Ken Lockwood Gorge, where steep slopes reveal rapid water and dramatic rock formations. Currently the Trail ends at Schooleys Mountain Road in Long Valley. (Excerpt from: www.traillink.com)