One of my favorite Jersey Shore summer pass-times is taking advantage of the many biking trails that run for miles in the Garden State. The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is an organization that participates in the acquisition of abandoned railroad corridors, turning them into adventurous trails for biking, walking, and jogging.

A couple of my personal favorites are the Barnegat Branch Bike Trail that runs for 14 picturesque miles from South Toms River to Barnegat. Another is the Henry Hudson Trail which extends for 9 miles from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. The Monmouth Heritage Trail is 12 miles of challenging fun that starts in Matawan and eventually hooks up to the Henry Hudson Trail in Freehold Borough. This particular trail welcomes walkers, bikers, in-line skating and is wheelchair accessible.

For a complete list of trails with activities and distance information visit newjerseyshore.com.

If you are into gardening, there is a walk for you too. The Keyport Garden Walk is a FREE self-guided walk/bike tour of public and private gardens in Historic Keyport. The event will take place on June 3 and 4 from 11am-3pm. Visit keyportgardenwalk.org for the details.

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