Trenton, NJ

6 of the Best Nature Walks in Trenton, New Jersey

Peter Watson

Here are six hand-picked nature walks in Trenton, New Jersey, from one-hour strolls to stretch your legs to a full-day tramp along the Delaware Canal.

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Trenton is the New Jersey state capital (Image: Mihai_Andritoiu/Shutterstock)

Trenton was recently ranked eighth on a list of America’s 100 best small cities and it's easy to see why.

Few small cities anywhere in the USA are as connected – and subsequently endowed – as the New Jersey state capital.

The report described the city of over 80,000 as "small but mighty" and stated that Trenton "embraces newcomers with job opportunities and an educated citizenry."

The city is part of the Greater New York City Combined Statistical Area and dates back over 300 years to at least 1719 when mention was made of a constable being appointed for Trenton, while the area was still part of Hunterdon County.

Trenton is a fine historic city with a vibrant atmosphere, but it is not a city known for its hiking.

That said, there are a handful of delightful little nature walks on offer for the outdoor enthusiast – you just have to know where to look!

6 Best Nature Walks in Trenton, New Jersey

I've selected my five favourite urban nature walks in Trenton, New Jersey. There are plenty more outstanding trails in the wider area, particularly if you're willing to jump in the car, so feel free to use the map below the list to find more hikes further afield.

1. Stacey Park Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Distance:  1.1km

Duration: Estimated 15-30 minutes

The Stacey Park Loop is a short and sweet 1.1 kilometer loop trail located near Trenton, New Jersey. The trail features a river and is ideal for all ability levels.

It is mainly used for walking, jogging and trail running, as well as nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.

2. Abbott Marshlands Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Distance:  2.6km

Duration: Estimated 0.5-1 hour

The Abbott Marshlands are situated in Lenapehoking, the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Lenape.

The Lenape are the indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands, who lived in present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Abbott Marshlands Trail is a 2.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trenton, New Jersey.

The route features a pretty lake and is suitable for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and jogging.

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Abbott Marshlands is located between Trenton and Bordentown (Image: abbottmarshlands.org)

Please note that the trail is clearly signposted throughout, but finishes in a field where walkers then have to turn towards the baseball fields along the treeline to reach the paved trail back to the parking area.

3. Abbott Marshlands Spring Lake Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 4.7km

Duration: Estimated 1-2 hours

Abbott Marshlands Spring Lake Trail is a 4.7 kilometer loop trail located near Trenton, New Jersey. The hiking trail is good for all skill and ability levels.

The trail is mostly used by hikers and runners and is best enjoyed from November until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4. Veterans Park Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5.5km

Duration: Estimated 1-2 hours

Veterans Park Loop in Hamilton is a 5.5 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hamilton, New Jersey. The trail features a lake and is suitable for all skill levels. The trail is mainly used for walking, jogging and trail running, as well as nature trips.

5. Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Trails

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 9.5km

Duration: Estimated 2-3 hours

The further afield Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Trails is a 9.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trenton, New Jersey.

The area includes man-made and natural lakes, wetlands, farm fields, hedgerows, and mixed hardwood forests. It is a good trail for all ability levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Dogs are allowed to use the trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.

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Lake Assunpink (Image: naba.org)

6. Delaware Canal National Heritage Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 26.2km

Duration: Estimated 6-7 hours

The Delaware Canal National Heritage Trail is a 26.2 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Trenton, New Jersey.

The trail is part of the longer 60-mile-long loop Delaware River Heritage Trail, which highlights the cultural and natural resources along the upper portion of the scenic Delaware River estuary.

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The full Delaware Canal National Heritage Trail crosses into Pennsylvania (Image: American Trails)

The full trail links 24 local communities, from Trenton to Palmyra on the New Jersey side and from Morrisville to Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood in Pennsylvania.

The trail largely follows the Delaware Canal throughout and is suitable for all ability levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Dogs are allowed to use the trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Trenton Nature Walks Trail Map

Use this trail map from AllTrails to plan your Trenton nature walk.

Home to over 100,000 trails, AllTrails is one of the world’s most popular hiking apps. It has over 20 million global users and is extensively downloaded in the United States.

You can find more hiking trails in the region by visiting the AllTrails website or downloading their app.

The app uses a review system where user reviews are calculated using a five-star rating system with one star being terrible, two stars poor, three stars average, four stars very good and five stars excellent.

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Peter Watson is a writer, photographer and adventurer. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go... He has also travelled extensively around the US developing a penchant for American backcountry, abandoned buildings and natural wonders en route.

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