Saturday, October 16 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
due to threat of thunderstorms.
Slight chance we’ll reschedule for November. Stay tuned!


How do I register?

There will be no registration for the Full Moon Bike Ride in 2021. You’ve been there for us through these difficult times! Join us on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

How much does it cost to participate?

This year we are inviting the Friends of the LHT to enjoy a special experience on the trail. We want to keep the number of participants low because of the covid pandemic and efforts to observe social distancing. We have decided to waive the registration fee and only invite those who have supported the trail and been loyal during the pandemic. While there is no registration of fee to participate in this year’s Full Moon Ride, as always, donations are appreciated and help keep the LHT an enjoyable and safe place to visit.

How skilled a rider do I need to be to participate?
The Full Moon Bike ride is suitable for all experience levels. You must be able to complete the six-mile route.
What is the nature of the route?
The ride generally follows a flat route on wide paved and packed gravel paths for six miles. It takes, on average, about 45 minutes at a casual pace.
It is going to be dark out. Is it safe to ride?
The moon will light our path. The LHT and the Mercer County Park rangers have done everything they can to make sure riders are safe. The trail will be checked for twigs and other debris before the event. Rangers and volunteers will be posted along the way to keep the riders moving safely and to address any issues that might arise. Of course, we need your help in making sure that you are safe. That is why we ask that you prepare your bike before coming, wear a helmet and have front lights on your bike.
Do I need to wear a mask?
We strongly encourage riders to wear masks around the parking and staging area when unable to maintain 6-foot distancing from others. Once out on the trail and away from others, please do as you are comfortable. But keep a mask handy.
Will there be parking?
There will be parking in the lot near the Mercer Meadows Dog Park and Rosedale Lake area. We encourage carpooling because parking is limited.
Mercer Meadows park is a big place. Are there directions to the starting area?

The event starts and ends at the parking lot at Rosedale Lake. The entrance is located along Federal City Road, between Blackwell Road and Old Mill Road in Pennington, New Jersey.

You can find the location using google map locator or please see the map below.

What should I expect on the ride?

The most special part of the ride is being able to travel through the park at dark guided by the moon! While on your journey there are some additional musicians and beautifully lighted sections of trail to add to the experience.

Are there restrooms available?

Yes, restrooms will be available at Rosedale Lake.

Will food and beverages be available?

Unfortunately, not this year. Our focus has been to bring back this special event, but with changing health and safety practices, we wanted to keep it simple. Please bring some water and snacks for the ride.

Will Full Moon Ride tee shirts be available this year?

Unfortunately, not this year. Again, our focus has been to bring back this special event, but are keeping it simple. Again, we encourage you to make a donation to the LHT so we may continue to work to bring this spectacular event back to its full format next year.

Should I decorate my bike?

Of course! We encourage bike decorating. It makes the event more festive and fun.  Light em’ up! Glow sticks will be available at the event for bike decorating.

Why are young children not permitted to participate?

We understand that some children under 12 are accomplished riders, but we have no way of knowing that.  Some children under 12 cannot keep up with the pace or ride the length of the course and might want to turn back.  The route is not conducive for that.  For the safety of children, as well as all others, we have made the decision to exclude those under 12.  Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. 

What about children in carriers?

We leave it to parents to decide whether to bring children in bike carriers. Children under 12 cannot be on their own bikes.

Is any special equipment needed?

No special equipment is needed.  We ask that all riders wear helmets and that bikes have front lights.  We also suggest that you check your bike to make sure it is in good condition. 

What if my bike malfunctions?

We will have volunteers on hand to help out with unexpected repairs. However, we strongly encourage a degree of self-sufficiency as well. Bring an extra tube or repair kit in a backpack or in the car.

Is there a rain date?

There is no rain date scheduled for this year.

Why should I donate?

The LHT is definitely a free amenity open to everyone.  However, the Full Moon Ride is a special event. Also, remember that the LHT is designed, built, and managed by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation, a nonprofit organization.  Most of the work associated with creating and maintaining the trail has been, and continues to be, done by volunteers who raise the funds to make the trail a reality. Please consider making a donation if you plan to attend.

How can I volunteer for the Full Moon Ride or the LHT?

The LHT will soon announce a number of ways that fans of the trail can volunteer to help with maintenance, public relations, and a variety of other ways.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact us and tell us about your skills and availability.