Every Body Walk!



Walking Schedule as follows:

 August 29, 2017 and August 31, 2017 at 10:00 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; wear sturdy shoes. Appropriate for rolling walkers. Easy parking, restrooms available.

September 5, 2017 and September 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

 Kingston Lock Tow Path 

Rated easy walking. Park in the lot on the EnoTerra side of Highway 27 (right hand side if you are going north from Princeton) No restrooms available. Wear sturdy shoes. We take the walking path heading EAST along the canal (opposite from the tunnel side).

September 12, 2017 and September 14, 2017 at 10:00 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 within 1/4 of a mile.  

Hunt House is Section 9 of the  Mercer Meadows County Parks. Construction to connect the Hunt House to Rosedale Lake was finished in the spring of 2013. Parking for this section is at the historic 1760 Hunt House at Blackwell Road and the walk is through wooded (paved or packed gravel) area to the Willow pond and for a longer walk, down to Rosedale Lake. The restored and refurbished Hunt House is the home of the Mercer County Parks Commission as well and the offices of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.


September 19, 2017 and September 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

 Rosedale Park 

Past Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Rd, Take Right onto Blackwell, then Right onto Federal City Road. Rosedale Park is on the Right. Follow “Lake Access” for large parking lot – restrooms available, easy walking with gentle hills in a couple of spots. Appropriate for rolling walkers. 

History: Rosedale Park is part of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20+ miles bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships . The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region.  It was conceived by employees of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lawrenceville campus in 2001 and then quickly embraced by staff from Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The LHT was officially incorporated in 2002. 

September 26, 2017 and September 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

D & R Greenway Meadows

Site of the 
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. 

October 3, 2017 and October 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Pole Farm

From Princeton, travel past Terhune orchards on Cold Soil Road until you are approaching the intersection of Cold Soil and Keefe Road. The Pole Farm parking lot is on Cold Soil Road, just before the right turn onto Keefe Road. Look for the large red barn! If you turn down Keefe Road or continue on Cold Soil and hit Rt 206,
you’ve gone too far. 

 October 10, 2017 and October 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Institute Woods 

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. 


October 17 2017 and October 19, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Turning Basin Park

Take Nassau Street (Rt 27) to Mercer Street. Make first left on Alexander Street. Proceed 1 mile to Canoe Rental. Parking is on the right in Turning Basin Park. Packed earth path, easy walking.  Bathrooms available. 


October 24, 2017 and October 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Maidenhead Trail at Mercer Meadows

(not to be confused with Maidenhead Meadows Park off of Princeton Pike!)


From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. From Cold Soil, take a Left onto Keefe Road; continue on Keefe road for ~ 0.8 miles (there are two significant curves) until you see Maidenhead Trail on the Right. Parking available, no facilities.

While enjoying the beauty of Maidenhead Trail, you can also see an exhibit and history of TransAtlantic communications located at Pole Farms in the early 20th century. 


The EveryBody Walk! Program

This free walking program offers great options for walking paths in Princeton area. TheEvery Body Walk! program provides an opportunity to get out and walk safely with company for 30 minutes through various areas in your community including the Pettoranello Gardens, D&R Greenway, The Institute Woods, Princeton University, the Towpath, Pole Farms, and  Mercer Meadows trail system, and other Princeton Open Spaces
  • Walking sticks and canes are welcome
  • Some sites are appropriate for sturdy rolling walkers

Every Body Walk! is a program which began in response to the Surgeon Generals Call to Action for increased walking and health benefits. 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.

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.


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