New Jersey May 01, 2017
A Drive Down New Jersey’s Loneliest Road Will Take You Miles And Miles Away From It All
With an impressive network of roadways, it should be no surprise that New Jersey offers several scenic drives. To get away from the tolls and traffic of the Turnpike and to immerse yourself in nature, check out Old Mine Road along the Delaware Water Gap. It doesn’t see much thru-traffic and might just be New Jersey’s loneliest road.
Old Mine Road
New Jersey's Old Mine Road runs around 30 miles along the Delaware Water Gap. The drive (with no stops) takes about 80 minutes to complete.
Old Mine Road North
Partially closed in the winter, it is magnificent in the spring, summer and fall. The rural road runs through Worthington State Forest and is mostly undeveloped. It is believed to be one of the oldest continually used roads in the United States.
Along The Road
A truly relaxing ride, the speed limit is just 15 miles per hour (up to 35) much of the way.
Embrace the slower pace and take in the scenery. You'll be surrounded by lush greenery in the spring and summer and fantastic foliage in the fall.
Old Mine Views
There are several places to pull over and take pictures along the way including a handful of spots along the water. Be sure to park in a designated area as the road is very narrow.
Just Off The Road
Just off the route you'll find opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping and even swimming (Turtle Beach). This awesome old truck was photographed right off Old Mine Road.
You won't find many structures along the way, but there are several barns and other buildings to enjoy. You'll even find ruins and the remnants of mining towns including Browning and Dunnfield. The charming Calno Schoolhouse is easily seen from the road, fairly intact as of 2008.
Millbrook Village is one of the most notable attractions along the mostly secluded road, and it's definitely worth a visit. Located where Old Mine Road intersects Millbrook Road in Hardwick, the Millbrook Village Society helps to preserve the area's past. Several structures from the 1800s survive including an 1860 church which still holds Christmas services. Upcoming events include Spring Fling (5/27) and an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration (6/24).
Pièce de Résistance
When you're taking a drive just to get away from it all, there is little better than a sight like this.
Have you driven down Old Mine Road before, not to get somewhere, but rather to just
be somewhere? Share your stories, shots and favorite drives in the Garden State, and then check out New Jersey’s 7 Official Scenic Byways along with a recent 8th addition, New Jersey’s Newest Scenic Byway.