New Jersey is – contrary to the jokes that are often made at its expense – a beautiful state with miles of rolling farmland and the Appalachian Mountains running through its northern region. New Jersey also has a particularly beautiful area known as the Palisades, which lies near the Hudson River, as well as pretty beaches along its famed Jersey Shore.
Motorcyclists looking for a ride that boasts twisties should head over to the Watchung Reservation in Union County. To get to this reservation, riders should take Route 22 to Washington Rock and exit in Green Brook, where they will then head up the mountain to the top of Washington Rock. Here, riders continue on Washington Rock Road until they come to Washington Valley Road, where they will make a right turn. This road will take riders to the reservoir. There are two roads, Sky Top Drive and W.R. Tracy Drive, in the Watchung Reservoir area that are both excellent motorcycle rides, full of twisties that carve through beautiful green woods.
Motorcyclists interested in a scenic ride through rolling hills can take Route 519 north from Phillipsburg, which is off of Route 22. Motorcyclists will then ride this road for about 55 miles before taking Route 23 north for approximately five miles to High Point. Most of this road is slightly rolling with some gentle curves, although there are some twisties thrown in, as well.
The Delaware River Scenic Byway, which is also known as Route 29, offers riders lovely views of the Delaware River as it runs parallel to it for most of its length. At the southern end of this 34-mile byway is Washington Crossing State Park, which is where George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War on Christmas Day in 1776. The Delaware River Scenic Byway travels from Trenton to Frenchtown and passes through a number of historical riverside towns.
County Road 513, which is also known as Route 24, is a great ride through rolling terrain and pretty farmlands. This road, which travels for 31 miles between Frenchtown and Chester, has a lot of straight a ways, as well as a few good twisty sections.
The Palisades Scenic Byway is a very scenic ride that offers riders some awesome views of the New York City skyline, the Hudson River and the Palisades, which are a line of steep cliffs that stretch from Jersey City to Nyack, New York. The 13-mile Palisades Scenic Byway is part of the larger 42-mile Palisades Interstate Parkway, which stretches from the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side to New York’s Bear Mountain State Park.
This following little scenic route takes bikers to the beach through some interesting landscape. To begin this ride, motorists need to hop on County Road 539 south out of Allentown. This road, which has some nice rolling sections, travels through the New Jersey Pine Barrens, where -- according to legend -- the mythical Jersey Devil lives. Eventually, County Road 539 will end at Route 72. At this point, riders will then take 72 east until it ends on beautiful Long Beach Island.
New Jersey also has a number of rallies, shows and other events for motorcyclists, including Roar to the Shore, which is held in Wildwood in September. This event bills itself as the largest motorcycle rally in the Northeast and features live music, plenty of vendor booths and rides.
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