Hunterdon County has long been a premier destination for bicyclists. The county’s winding, hilly and quiet back roads, quaint towns, historic sites, and scenic vistas draw bicyclists of all ages, making bicycle tourism a natural fit and a benefit to the county’s economy.
A study by the Outdoor Industry Association released in 2017, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy”, found that bicycling participants spend $83 billion on ‘trip-related’ sales (bicycle tourism), and generate $97 billion in retail spending nationally.
goHunterdon recently enhanced its “www.bikehunterdon.org” website, adding new bicycle routes, maps, and links to “ridewithgps.com”, an app used by bicyclists that provides accurate turn by turn route directions. The maps include elevation and distance information. Routes take into consideration rider ability, skills and terrain. Routes are categorized as “road rides”, “trail rides” and “routes at county parks”. Mountain biking areas are also included.
The biggest change to bikehunterdon.org is the addition of colorful photos and information on the amenities and services available along the road and trail routes including places to stay, restaurants, coffee shops, destinations, local bike shops, and where to find bicycle parking. Several of the routes highlight bed and breakfast inns, local wineries, farms, and other tourism destinations. Routes have names like “The Hogback”, “Out of Lambertville”, “Kingwood Flat & Scenic”, and the “Tewksbury Challenge”.
Contact Caryl Harris, Bicycle Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to discuss having your community, business, or destination added to the page free of charge.