Every Body Walk!



If it is raining, we will meet at Princeton Shopping Center to walk under cover. It’s a nice place to walk and you don’t have to skip your walking routine just because it’s raining!


Walking Schedule:

April 18, 2017 and April 20, 2017, 10 a.m.

Institute Woods 

Princeton Battlefield State Park,: Take Mercer Street south towards Lawrenceville for 1.3 miles, and turn left into the Princeton Battlefield State Park. Park in the lot at the Thomas Clarke house, and walk up the tree-lined drive past the Clarke House to the trail leading into the woods. The Trolley Track Trail has easy, flat, packed earth with the occasional root or small rock to step over.

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April 25, 2017 and April 27, 2017, 10 a.m.

Located 1/2 way down Lovers Lane in Princeton with parking lot available close to walking path. Most of the walks are paved, and  suitable for wheelchair use.  There are plenty of benches for resting. The wide expanses of lawn provide a magnificent setting for a display of specimen trees and shrubs, an arboretum with a great variety of domestic and foreign species that it truly sets Marquand Park apart. Many of the 200 species are tagged and mapped fo visitors’convenience. Eleven of the trees located here are the largest of their kind in the state of New Jersey. A map near the parking lot shows the location of tree specimens throughout the park.


May 2, 2017 and May 4, 2017,       10 a.m.

Petteranello Gardens Lake Path

Parking in the Community Park North lot on the corner of Rt 206 and Mountain Avenue. Trail around the lake is flat paved or packed terrain; rated as easy walking; easy parking, restrooms available.


May 9, 2017 and May 11, 2017, 10 a.m.

Kingston Lock Tow Path:

Rated easy walking. Park in the lot on the Eno Terra side of Highway 27 (right hand side if you are going north) No restrooms available. We will take the walking path heading EAST along the canal (away from the tunnel side).

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May 16, 2017 and May 18, 2017,  10 a.m.
Hunt House
Trail is easy and parking lot is near trail with plenty of parking space. A beautiful walk down will take you to Willow Pond. Take Coil Soil Road (go past Terhune Orchards) then turn right onto Blackwell Road;  Hunt House will be on the right.  


May 23, 2017 and May 25, 2017, 10 a.m.

Mercer Meadows – Blackwell Road Parking Lot
and Entrance to Pole Farm
Take Cold Soil Road past Terhunes, take a right onto Blackwell Road. The Blackwell Road Parking Lot is on the right just past the Hunt House entrance. Cross the street and follow signs for “Insect Walk.” This walk is on grass so wear solid shoes!

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May 30, 2017 and June 1, 2017, 10 a.m.

D & R Greenway Meadows

Site of the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Walk;  Slight incline; rated easy with mowed grass, packed earth and pavement. Parking at Greenway Meadows athletic fields on Rosedale Road, 0.6 miles from Elm Road (the parking lot across Johnson Park School – there is a smaller parking lot closer to Rosedale but keep driving to the large parking lot with the playground). Restrooms available.



June 6, 2017 and June 8, 2017, 10 a.m.

Mercer Meadows – Keefe Road entrance to Pole Farm

From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. Drive to the corner of Keefe Road and Cold Soil parking lot; This walk is rated easy, bathrooms available.


Progression Physical Therapy and the Princeton Senior Resource Center are taking part in the Everybody Walk educational campaign to promote the health benefits of walking and to get people up and moving. Every Body Walk is a program which began in response to the Surgeon Generals Call to Action for increased walking and health benefits.

The program provides an opportunity to get out and walk safely for 30 minutes through various areas in your community including the Pettoranello Gardens, D&R Greenway, The Institute Woods, Princeton University, the Towpath, and Marquand Park Arboretum, Mercer Meadows, and other Princeton Open Spaces. All walks are accessible for canes and walking sticks, with some walks allowing for use of walkers or wheelchairs! We will move under cover to the Princeton Shopping Center if it rains!


Advantages of beginning a walking program for exercise:

  • It doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment – it’s totally free!
  • It’s an easy place to start since most of us do it every day – there’s no learning curve!
  • It has been shown to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, and depression.
  • It can help to promote weight loss and reduce your risk for other chronic diseases like heart disease and dementia.
  • It is enjoyable and something you can do with others.
  • It is a safe and generally risk-free form of physical activity.
  • It is a form of exercise that is easy to keep up – there are lots of places you can do it! If you’re not used to being active, you can start with 10 minutes of walking each day and build as your fitness improves.Additional Resources: