A Trail That Bridges History
14 mile walk from Roebling Station to Trenton Transit Center along the Delaware River
Arrive by 11am to visit the museum.
Walk begins at noon.
Explore the legacy of a man who came to New Jersey with a passion for a peculiar idea that transformed American transportation. Enjoy a rapidly advancing trail through South Jersey. Walk through what remains of Roebling's original plant and through one of its buildings. Attend the largest art show turned block party around and view the work of nearly 2,000 artists. Tap into Trenton's live music scene and food truck cuisine. Be a part of our only FreeWalk of the year in South Jersey and what may be our most vigorously thematic event.
John Augustus Roebling came to Trenton from western Pennsylvania in 1848 as a canal engineer with an idea to replace hemp rope with wire rope in public infrastructure, and gave birth to the age of the modern suspension bridge. He died of injuries suffered during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, but his family carried on the business expertly, ultimately requiring expansion beyond their Trenton facility to satellite locations including Roebling, NJ.
Our journey begins at the light rail station in Roebling, where you may take a tour at the Roebling Museum across the street from 11am until noon. At noon, we will exit the museum and begin our walk through the factory housing of Roebling and proceed along the Heritage Trail through Crystal Lake Park and historic Bordentown. A wooded trail through Roebling Park takes us past the burial site of John Roebling and into Trenton. There, a walk through Trenton history spelled out at our feet delivers us north to Chambersburg.
Within the original machine shop of the flagship Roebling plant in Trenton unfolds Art All Night, a gigantic and free art show and block party. Outside, a festival atmosphere abounds, with live music and food trucks between other surviving Roebling buildings.
Stay and party, buy some art, watch some independent films, enjoy the tunes, or head for the train station a few blocks away.
Those travelling south via rail into Trenton will likely have a half-hour layover during which breakfast can be had within the station at Dunkin, McDonalds or Pizza Grill. Exit the south end of the station and cross the street to board the light rail.
Roebling bridges we have walked:
- Brooklyn Bridge
- George Washington Bridge
- Lumberville–Raven Rock Bridge
- Roebling Museum tour
- Roebling factory town
- Roebling Carnival
- Crystal Lake Park
- Delaware River Heritage Trail
- Historic Bordentown
- John A Roebling Park
- John A Roebling gravesite
- South River Walk
- Upper Chambersburg
- Roebling's Trenton plant
- Art All Night Trenton
- -- Nearly 2000 works of art
- -- Live music on 3 stages
- -- Food trucks
- -- Indpendent short film festival
- -- Live demonstrations
FOR THOSE ATTENDING MUSEUM
9:46 Southbound train arrives in Trenon
10:14 Depart on light rail to Roebling
10:30 Train arrives in Roebling
11:00 Museum video and tour
FOR THOSE JUST WALKING
10:46 Southbound train arrives in Trenton
11:14 Depart on light rail to Roebling
11:30 Train arrives in Roebling
12:00 Walk to museum, assemble group and depart
1:30 Lunch break option in Bordentown
4:00 Arrive at Art All Night