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Sun Jan 1Hike in South Mt Reservation7 miMilburn NJ
Jan 1 - 15FreeWalkers New Year's Challenge????
Sat Jan 14Delaware Canal Training Loop10-35miTrenton NJ to New Hope PA
Sat Jan 21Union County Olmsted Parks Walk12.5miCranford to Union NJ
Sun Jan 29Training Walk14 miMaplewood to Morristown NJ
Sat Feb 4FreeWalkers Kennedy5050miPotomac MD to Harpers Ferry WV
Sat Feb 18Princeton Loop Tour10 miPrinceton NJ
Sat Mar 4FreeWalking with Stiles23 miTrenton to Wash Crossing NJ
Sat Mar 18Spring Ahead Walk (XNJ)13-40 miTrenton NJ to Princeton/New Brunswick
Sun Mar 26Great Staten Island Loop19 miJersey City NJ via Staten Island
Sat Apr 1Allaire Village Shore Walk18 miManasquan NJ to Allaire
Sat Apr 8Columbia Trail12 miCalifon to High Bridge NJ
Sat Apr 15Great Canal Walk (XNJ)28 miPrinceton to New Brunswick NJ
Sat Apr 22Celebrate Trails Day4-7 miCranford to Kenilworth NJ
Sun Apr 23Roosevelt Island Loop10-14miManhattan to Astoria Queens
Sat Apr 29Sandy Hook Hike16 miHighlands NJ
Tentative schedule for some events. 2023 calendar finalized soon.
Sun May 7Jockey Hollow Morris County Ramble8 miMorristown NJ
Sat May 13Kruimer Walk (XNJ)13 miNew Brunswick to Metropark NJ
Sat May 20The Big Walk 2022 (XNJ)50 miMetroPark NJ to Manhattan
Sat May 27Philly Freedom Tour11-15 miPhiladelphia
Sat Jun 3Hudson River Loop Walk30 miJersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sat Jun 10Philly Mural Tour9 miLove Park, Philadelphia
Sat Jun 17Brooklyn: A Place Like No Other12 miManhattan to Brooklyn
Sat Jun 24Lenape34: The Origins Walk34 miMillburn to Newark NJ
Sat Jul 1Croton Aqueduct Hike43 miCroton-on-Hudson NY to Manhattan
Sat Jul 8Montauk Lighthouse Walk15 miMontuak, Long Island
Sat Jul 15Lawrenceville Hopewell12-32miTrenton to Lawrenceville NJ
Sat Jul 29Wissahickon Trolley Trek20 miChestnut Hill PA to Philly
Sat Aug 5Croton Dam Loop: The Hard Way14 miOssining NY
Sat Aug 12FreeWalkers Getaway:Bucks County History23-28 miTrenton NJ to Warminster PA
Sun Aug 13FreeWalkers Getaway:Pennypack Trail16-23 miWarminster to Holmesburg PA
Sat Aug 19Greenbelt Walk: Staten Island (XNJ)23-26 miElizabeth NJ to Manhattan
Sat Aug 26Long Haul: Schuylkill Trail40-62 miReading to Philadelphia PA
Sat Sep 9Down the Shore: Wildwood16 miWildwood to Sea Isle City NJ
Sun Sep 10Down the Shore: Ocean City13 miSea Isle City to Ocean City NJ
Sat Sep 16South Jersey River Walk18 miBurlington to Palmyra NJ
Sat Sep 23Endless Summer Walk30 miMatawan to Asbury Park NJ
Sat Sep 30Bronx Coast to Coast Walk18 miBronx NY
Sun Oct 8Following Franklin's Footsteps3-16 miBordentown to Burlington NJ, Philadelphia
Sat Oct 14Bristol Stomp!18 miBristol PA to Trenton NJ
Sat Oct 21Jockey Hollow Morris County Ramble8 miMorristown NJ
Sat Oct 28Bronx River Tibbetts Brook Walk14.5 miBronx to White Plains NY
Sat Nov 4FreeWalkers Marathon -- Philadelphia13-26 miPhilly to Chestnut Hill PA
Sat Nov 11Brandywine15 miWilmington to Brandywine DE
Sat Nov 18WawaWalk14 miSwarthmore to Wawa PA
Fri Nov 24Gobble Gobble Hike7 miSouth Mountain, Maplewood NJ
Sat Dec 2Winter Hudson River Loop Walk30 miJersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sat Dec 9Philly Christmas Walk10 miLove Park, Philadelphia
Sat Dec 30Battle of Trenton4-12 miWash Crossing PA to Trenton NJ

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The original FreeWalk. Our premier challenge event.

About this event

Start: Metropark Station, Iselin, NJ

Finish: NY Penn Station

Distance: 28-50 miles

Return: NJTransit train

Coordinator: David Ascher 973-715-1517

Optional endpoints: Rahway, Newark Penn Station: 28mi, Jersey City PATH: 41mi

Highlights: Merrill Park, Nomahegan Park, Rahway River Parkway, Weequahic Park, Ironbound, Lincoln Park, Liberty State Park, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline views, Hudson River Greenway.

As always, this walk primarily follows the East Coast Greenway. We walk from Metropark station in Iselin, NJ to Penn Station, NYC. This is a somewhat fast-paced walk generally 3.5-4.0 MPH.

This is our most diverse walk, from tranquil parks and rivers to friendly communities to industrial parks and cities - this one has it all. The walk is conveniently located near rail lines which makes using mass transit a plus. If you prefer, create your own challenge by jumping on or off the walk at various schedule points. It is self-guided so please be prepared in case you get separated from the group to manage yourself or get back to where you need to be.

Here are the 3 major segments of the walk. We suggest if you want to walk only part of the 50 mile total, join us that day roughly according to the scheduled time we expect to be there:

  • Segment 1 - Metropark to Cranford - 6:00 a.m. to 9:30-10:00 ETA (12 miles)
  • Segment 2 - Cranford to Newark - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (16 miles)
  • Lunch is usually a stop at Boston Market in Union about 11-12 noon - straddle in.
  • Segment 3 - Newark to NYC Penn Station - 5:00 - 11:00 (13 / 20 miles)

These are only estimates. Speed of walkers, weather and other conditions may affect arrivals and departures at various points.

This year again, The Big Walk is an important segment event for our Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge encompassing most of the miles of the 100 total goal for the year. Join the challenge and walk the entire state at your own pace for your own glory.

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