Mount Rose

Mount Rose

MOUNT ROSE Perhaps you noticed, the going has been a little tougher and hillier along this section of the LHT. From this point, winding eastward to the Province Line, the trail traverses the rocky southern flank of an upland landform known as the Mount Rose ridge....
Johnson Trolley Line

Johnson Trolley Line

JOHNSON TROLLEY LINE The LHT follows a segment of the former Johnson Trolley Line in Lawrenceville, and most trail users probably don’t recognize it. After all, there are no rails, no ties, cinders or grit, like with most railroads. The Johnson Trolley began operating...
Parks for the People

Parks for the People

PARKS FOR THE PEOPLE The County of Mercer boasts close to a dozen parks and other recreational facilities, all geared to support the health and well-being of residents and visitors. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail wends its way through Mercer Meadows which, at more than...
Arctic Parkway

Arctic Parkway

ARCTIC PARKWAY The background story to the road in front of you, today known as Bergen Street, is part of our region’s ongoing love-hate relationship with highways. Believe it or not, Bergen Street was planned during the late 1920s as part of Arctic Parkway, a scenic...
Province Line

Province Line

PROVINCE LINE As you hike or bike the LHT alongside Province Line Road, you are following in the footsteps of Surveyor-General George Keith. For two months in the spring of 1687, Keith surveyed a line through the wilderness of colonial New Jersey in an attempt to...
Brearley Oak

Brearley Oak

BREARLEY OAK No one knows for sure the age of the Brearley Oak. With a trunk circumference of 258 inches, a height of 110 feet, and a crown of 148 feet (as measured in 2019), estimates of its age are anywhere from 255 to 410 years old. This magnificent tree is an...
Princeton Pike

Princeton Pike

PRINCETON PIKE The very straight road behind you (when standing at this sign) has been carrying traffic between Trenton and Kingston, by way of Princeton, since 1807. The Princeton and Kingston Turnpike, Princeton Pike for short, is one of New Jersey’s oldest toll...
Lewisville Road

Lewisville Road

LEWISVILLE ROAD Ranged along this stretch of roadway is the small village of Lewisville, Lawrence Township’s earliest African American community, founded by former enslaved persons and their descendants from Lawrence and the surrounding townships. They began acquiring...
A Mill and a Bridge in the Back Country

A Mill and a Bridge in the Back Country

A MILL AND A BRIDGE IN THE BACK COUNTRY Two centuries ago this was a remote spot. Stony Brook flowed swiftly down the narrow, winding, wooded valley. There was no bridge, no mill and no indication in the landscape that this was where the Province Line had been...
The Farm Across the Road

The Farm Across the Road

THE FARM ACROSS THE ROAD Across Old Mill Road, in amongst the trees, is a cluster of historic timber-framed buildings – a large farmhouse, an even larger barn with three ornate cupolas protruding from its ridge, a combination corn crib and wagon house, and several...
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