Lawrence Hopewell Trail

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Lawrence Hopewell Trail
Length 20.2 mi (32.5 km)
Location Mercer County, New Jersey
Trailheads Loop Trail with multiple access points
Use Hiking, Cycling
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season Year round
Surface Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass, Dirt, Concrete[1]

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a multi-use trail founded in 2002. The trail runs through Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, New Jersey. The current developed length of the trail is 11.8 miles (19.0 km) with a planned final length of 20.2 miles (32.5 km) The anticipated completion date for the trail is in 2012.[2] The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is not a rail-trail but is classified as a greenway by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and as such it does not reuse any existing railroad right-of-way.[1] Much of the trail traverses public properties such as parks, sidewalks and roadway as well as private properties via agreement, including the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell & Lawrenceville campuses, the Educational Testing Service corporation property, and The Lawrenceville School campus.[2]

Trail heads[edit]

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail forms a loop so there are no terminating trail heads, rather there are multiple access points along its path. The trail's web site lists 24 individual trail sections with their access, surface, status and location. The following sections list nearby parking for trail access:

  • Brearley House Connector - At the junction with the D&R Canal Towpath
  • Brandywine-Princeton Pike Corporate Center
  • The Lawrenceville School campus
  • Lawrenceville Village Park
  • Mercer Meadows County Park
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)


  1. ^ a b "Lawrence Hopewell Trail". Rails To Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Lawrence Hopewell Trail". Lawrence Hopewell Trail. Retrieved 2011-11-23.