List of New Jersey Scenic Byways

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New Jersey Scenic Byways
Highway names
Interstates: Interstate X (I-X)
US Highways: U.S. Route X (US X)
State: Route X (NJ X)
County routes: County Route X (CR X)
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The New Jersey Scenic Byways system consists of roads in the U.S. state of New Jersey that have been recognized for their historical or natural qualities.[1]

List of byways[edit]

There are currently seven scenic byways in the state of New Jersey:

Bayshore Heritage Byway[edit]

The Bayshore Heritage Byway runs along the Delaware Bay and Delaware River in Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties, providing access to natural and historical sites. The byway begins in Cape May Point, Cape May County, following CR 629, CR 606, CR 626, Route 162, CR 626, and Route 47. In Cumberland County, the Bayshore Heritage Byway continues along Route 47, CR 616 (with a spur along East Point Road that serves the East Point Light), Menhaden Road, River Road, CR 616, Route 47, CR 670, CR 744, CR 676, CR 633, CR 649, CR 553 (with spurs along CR 631 to Bivalve and along CR 656 and CR 637 to Fortescue), CR 609, Route 49, Fayette Street, CR 650, CR 607, and CR 623 (with a spur along CR 642 and Bayside Road to the Bayside Tract Preservation Site). In Salem County, the byway follows CR 623, CR 658, CR 624, CR 625, CR 661, Grieves Parkway, and South Front Street to Route 49 in Salem. At this point, a spur heads along Route 49, Freas Road, Supawna Road, Route 49, CR 632, and CR 630 to Fort Mott State Park. From Salem, the mainline continues along Route 49, Route 45, and CR 540 to its northern terminus in Mannington Township.[2]

Delaware River Scenic Byway[edit]

Signage for the Delaware River Scenic Byway

The Delaware River Scenic Byway follows Route 29 along the Delaware River between Trenton and Frenchtown. It provides scenic views of the Delaware River and passes through Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, Lambertville, Stockton, and Raven Rock. This byway is also part of the national program.[3][4]

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway[edit]

The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is a 25 mile (40.2 km) historic scenic route located in the Millstone River Valley which lies in north central New Jersey. The byway offers a glimpse into the past where skirmishes between the local militia and British troops played a key role in the American Revolutionary War. This byway has been designated by the National Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration as of 2009.[5][6]

The route travels along County Route 533 on the west bank of the Millstone and County Route 603 on the river's east side. The route loops back on the south side at County Route 518 and connects near the northern end via County Route 514.[5]

Attractions along the route include the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, the relocated Rockingham site in Kingston, a section of Franklin Township, in Somerset County, and the 1860 House on Montgomery Road near Rocky Hill. The Kingston Village Historic District and the Kingston Mill Historic District are both located in the historic area of Kingston.[5]

Palisades Scenic Byway[edit]

The Palisades Scenic Byway follows the Palisades Interstate Parkway between Fort Lee and the New York border, running along the New Jersey Palisades on the Hudson River in Bergen County and offering scenic overlooks.[7]

Pine Barrens Byway[edit]

The Pine Barrens Byway consists of three routes that run through the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The northern route of the byway begins in Tuckerton in Ocean County and follows US 9 and Stage Road into Burlington County, where it continues along CR 653 and CR 542 to Greenbank. Here, the Pine Barrens Byway splits into a longer northern loop and a shorter northern loop. The longer northern loop follows CR 542 through Batsto into Mullica Township, Atlantic County. The shorter northern loop follows CR 563 into Mullica Township. The first leg of the northern loop begins at CR 542 in Mullica Township, following CR 643 and CR 612 to CR 563. From here, the final leg of the northern loop follows CR 563, CR 624, Mill Street, Riverside Drive, CR 561 Alt., US 9, the Garden State Parkway into Burlington County, and US 9 back to Tuckerton, Ocean County.[8]

The central connector of the Pine Barrens Byway begins at CR 542 in Mullica Township, Atlantic County and follows CR 542, CR 658, CR 623, CR 559, CR 616, CR 559, US 40/Route 50, Route 50, and CR 611 to Corbin City.[8]

The southern route of the byway begins in Corbin City, Atlantic County and follows CR 611 and Route 50 into Tuckahoe, Cape May County. From here, the byway follows Route 49, CR 632, and Route 49 to an intersection with CR 548, where it splits into a longer southern loop and a shorter southern loop. The longer southern loop follows CR 548 into Cumberland County, where it heads south on Route 47 back into Cape May County. The byway continues along Old State Highway, CR 550 Spur, Route 47, CR 610, CR 550, CR 557, CR 550, and CR 605 back to CR 548. The shorter southern loop follows Route 49 into Estell Manor, Atlantic County and continues along Head of River Road and Aetna Drive to CR 611.[8]

Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway[edit]

Signage for the Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway

The Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway runs through areas of farmland between Allentown and Walnford Mill in Monmouth County. The byway follows CR 539, CR 524, Chambers Road, Rues Road, CR 526, Red Valley Road, CR 27, Arneystown-Hornerstown Road, Hill Road, Waln's Mill Road, Walnford Road, Polhemustown Road, Holmes Mill Road, and Walnford Road.[9]

Warren Heritage Scenic Byway[edit]

The Warren Heritage Scenic Byway follows Route 57 through mountain and valley areas between Greenwich Township and Hackettstown in Warren County, following the route of the historic Morris Canal.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey - Overview". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Bayshore Heritage". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Delaware River". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Delaware River Scenic Byway - Official Designations". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b c "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Millstone Valley". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Millstone Valley Scenic Byway - Official Designations". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Palisades Interstate Parkway". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  8. ^ a b c "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Pine Barrens Byway". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Scenic Byways in New Jersey – Warren Heritage Scenic Byway". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 

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