History


The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20+ miles bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, New Jersey. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region.  The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. We also promote health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.

The LHT was conceived by employees of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lawrenceville campus in 2001 and then quickly embraced by staff from Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The LHT was officially incorporated in 2002.

Since its inception, the LHT has achieved many milestones with the support of: Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, the County of Mercer, and the State of New Jersey; our corporate sponsors, Bristol Myers-Squibb and Educational Testing Service (ETS); many other partners, the Delaware & Raritan Greenway Land Trust, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, the Hopewell Valley YMCA, The Lawrenceville School, Main Street Lawrenceville, the Lawrence Township Public Schools, NJ Department of Transportation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ Green Acres Program, St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, Brandywine Realty Trust, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Master Gardeners of Mercer County; and a number of bicycle clubs, recreational groups, environmental organizations, and local residents.

Public access to over 50% of the LHT was achieved in 2008 and we have established a goal to complete the entire trail by 2012.