Park system opens new stretch of trail

UPPER FREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Park System has announced the opening of an additional section of the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township.

The new section, which is approximately 3 miles long, brings the trail’s total length to 7 miles, according to a press release.

The Union Transportation Trail, which opened to the public in September 2010, is a multiuse trail that runs through farmland and rural countryside in the western corner of Monmouth County.

Built along a former rail line, the trail is the result of a long-term lease between the park system and JCP&L that allows the park system to develop the land for recreational use, according to the press release.

Since its opening, equestrians, bicyclists, runners and hikers have enjoyed this scenic trail that features a historic wood trestle bridge over Lahaway Creek. When completed, the trail will measure 8.6 miles in length.

Parking for the new section of trail is available on Herbert Road near Sharon Station Road. Additional parking for the Union Transportation Trail is available on Jonathan Holmes Road and Millstream Road (Route 537).

For more information about the Union Transportation Trail or the park system, visit