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Sourland Mountain Loop

Farm Valley Roads, Mountain Climbs, Silent Woods, and Historic Landscapes

view of Sourlands from Werstville Road

I live in the Sourland Mountain region and love to ride my bike in the area. Although it’s a lot easier cruising along Delaware River routes, here are photo’s of a great loop over the Mountain. The loop starts in downtown Ringoes, out Wertsville Road and over the Mountain into Hopewell Borough. Check a map before you go, it gets tricky in the Mountains!
If you’d like to learn of the Sourland Mountains history, beautiful landscapes, and natural resources, please click on and read these links
Sourland Mountain Planning Council
Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Sourlands page:
(Lots more photos and route info on the flip!)

Begin in lovely Ringoes:

Ringoes Grange No. 12 – celebrating its 100 year.
downtown Ringoes – small town NJ.
Carousel Deli -is a popular stopping point for bicyclists.

Meander east out Wertsville Road

preserved farms line the valley

Unionville Vineyards on your right at Rocktown Road:

Unionville Vineyards, just off Werstville Road on Rocktown Road

Stop for a drink, snack or local charm at Peacock’s


Scenes as you head out the Valley

Runnin’ Free Farm – NOFA Certified Organic Farm
River Friendly Farm
(I wish all farms were organic and river friendly!)

Over a mile climb up Long Hill Road is a challenge:

Long Hill Road

Check you maps as you weave through the mountains and enjoy cool boulder strewn forests and babbling brooks:

Stop for lunch, rest, and more in Hopewell Borough

Back on the bike – up the large climb out of Hopewell Borough, rolling through the mountains, take a left on Wertsville Road and back into Ringoes.

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  1. skip3house
    June 9th, 2009 at 14:03 | #1

    Thanks for these ideas. What does “…on the flip…” mean?

  2. nohesitation
    June 9th, 2009 at 14:17 | #2

    Hi skip3house – it is to encourage folks to click on the remained of the post that appears after the intro summary on the NJ Voices cover page.

  3. jbken
    June 9th, 2009 at 19:58 | #3

    Not to be picky but there didn’t seem to be a lot of good bike routes from the pictures. Is this really an area frequented by the lycra/spandex crowd or is this biking to get milk?
    Narrow roads didn’t seem conducive to either unless very little traffic.

  4. nohesitation
    June 9th, 2009 at 20:56 | #4

    jbken – hahaha!
    These are great and popular bike routes – Ringoes Deli is a huge bikers stopping point on the weekends.
    Although narrow and no shoulders, these are smooth rural roads and low traffic volume with slow and courteous road sharing drivers.
    Great scenery. Modest 500 feet 1 mile climb (for the weekend warriors) about 35-45 mile loop depending how you take it.

  5. nohesitation
    June 10th, 2009 at 12:21 | #5

    this is a test – apparently, my account/posting privileges have been suspended – guess Kelly didn’t trust my commitment not to post here until she gets back to me on SL editorial position on the “Today’s Orwell” post they just took down.

  6. jkilmer
    June 10th, 2009 at 14:19 | #6

    That’s a nice photo essay, Bill. Good work!

  7. nohesitation
    June 10th, 2009 at 14:29 | #7

    jkilmer – thanks, but that post will be my last.
    Kelly, editor of NJ Voices, just terminated my blog.
    Any readers of my blog out there should ask her why.
    I sure plan on writing about it.

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