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Compete in an array
of contests involving
children’s art, pumpkin
decorating, apple pies
and scarecrows. The
event includes carriage
rides, food vendors and
11 ;;– 4 ;;. Free. Washington Park, Dunellen (sites.
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Pumpkins are plentiful
at this festival, with
activities for the whole
family. Enjoy live music,
antique tractors, classic
cars and free food
11 ;;– 4 ;;. Free. Route 34
South, Colts Neck (732-
coal from Pennsylvania to New York,
then to transport Union troops and cargo
during the Civil War.)
Back in the car, you’ll pass Griggstown
Canoe and Kayak Rental (;;;; Canal Road, Princeton) at the old bridge
tender’s house. If it’s the weekend and
you’re so inclined, get out onto the water
for a while. Another area destination
is Griggstown Farm (;;; Bunker Hill
Road), where you can shop fresh goodies
like chicken pot pie, quail eggs, boysenberry jam and pumpkin fudge.
After returning to Canal Road, you’ll
pass the Griggstown Native Grassland
Preserve (part of the Ten Mile Run
Greenway), an area of open fields and
woodland that serves as a habitat for numerous species of birds. There are trails
Cross the one-lane bridge, then turn
left onto Suydam Road, which feeds back
into Canal Road. Here, the speed limit
drops, the road thins and there is no center line—so slow down.
Next, you’ll come upon the parking lot
for the Six Mile Run Reservoir site, an
expanse of farmland, woods and fields (but
no reservoir; the state planned one there,
then found alternative water sources). It’s
another spot to stretch your legs and hike
(or bike) the trail. Seasonal hunting and
horseback riding are permitted.
Back on Canal Road, you’ll reach
the picturesque Blackwells Mills Canal
House (;;; Canal Road, Somerset), an
;;;;s home and garden that housed
several generations of bridge tenders and
now hosts community events.
The canal veers in and out of view,
peeping through the trees. There aren’t
many houses, so it’s just you, the road and
the seasonally colorful woods.
Turn left onto Market Street in East
Millstone, then make another left on
Amwell Road (Route ;;;) to cross the
Millstone Causeway over the canal. You’ll
pass through the charming villages of
Millstone and East Millstone, with their
many ;;th- and ;;th-century buildings.
For a historical detour, go right on North
River Street to the Old Millstone Forge,
said to be the longest operating blacksmith shop in America (open Sundays).
Back on Amwell
Road, go left onto
Main Street (Route
(;;;; Millstone River Road, Hillsbor-
ough), an antique store housed in a
historic building, is open weekends.
Next, you’ll pass through the River
Road Historic Rural District, site of
several Revolutionary War campsites
and skirmishes. Go straight on River
Road for another ;;; feet, then take a
left onto Route ;;;. Make a quick left
onto Montgomery Road to stay on the
byway—or if you’re ready for a sweet
treat, stay on Route ;;; and make a left
into the Montgomery Shopping Center
and indulge yourself at Thomas Sweet
Café (;;;; Route ;;;, Skillman).
Once you’re on Montgomery Road,
stay straight as it turns into Reeve Road,
then go left onto Crescent Avenue in the
village of Rocky Hill. Hungry? Detour up
Princeton Avenue to the Rocky Hill Inn
(;;; Washington Street), a popular gas-tropub. Otherwise, stay on Crescent and
bear right onto Kingston Road (Route
;;;), which becomes River Road, heading back into Kingston. Turn left onto
Route ;; (King’s Highway), the oldest
highway in the country—and bear right
into the parking lot at Kingston Lock, officially the endpoint of the byway.
Stroll around; you can see the lock-tender’s house, walk along the water
into Cook Natural Area, or head through
the tunnel under Route ;; to walk the
towpath on the other side—ending your
drive on foot.
PASSING THROUGH A sign (far left) marks the 1783 headquarters of George Washington, whose army trekked through the area. Today, you can take to the water, with a canoe from Griggstown Canoe & Kayak Rental.
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Wursts and rich drafts
lend authenticity to Historic Smithville’s annual
music, too. Explore
the unique shops and
boutiques along the
and browse more than
100 craft, clothing and
10 ;;– 5 ;;. Free. 1 North
New York Road, Smithville
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No one throws a family-friendly party quite like
Ocean City. The seaside
town’s fall extravaganza
features more than 400
craft vendors, plus live
bands and plenty of
seafood to sample. Join
in the block party on Asbury Avenue and stick
around for the fireworks
over the boardwalk.
All day. Free. Ocean City
festival includes a
wine sampling, food
contests, Little Miss &
Mister pageant, costumed dog parade, and
readings of “The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow” with
live appearances from
the Headless Horseman.
Fri, 5–10 ;;; Sat & Sun, 10
;;– 5 ;;. Free; parking $5.
Salem County Fairgrounds,
735 Harding Highway
(Route 40), Woodstown
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Go ape for everything
apple, including apple
butter, cider donuts
and more. The festival
features more than 100
craft booths, live music
and children’s activities.
All proceeds benefit
the Medford Historical
Society and the restoration of Kirby’s Mill.
9 ;;– 4 ;;. Free. 275
Church Road, Medford.
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Head to historic
Bordentown for one of
the largest juried craft
shows in Ne w Jersey,
with more than 150 vendors, artists and crafters.
Enjoy live music, local
handmade and vintage
items, antiques and a
11 ;;– 5 ;;. Free. Farnsworth Avenue, Borden-to wn (bto wncranfest.com)