Millstone Valley Scenic Byway

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway | I-95 Exit Guide

The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is designated as an official “America’s Byway“.
Millstone Valley Scenic Highway is approximately 28 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) or 2-3 days to visit attractions along the way.

Located in the narrow Millstone River Valley in north central New Jersey, the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway offers you a glimpse into the past where well-preserved pieces of the canal era, the revolutionary war era, and early Dutch and American heritage live on. In addition to the major Revolutionary War troop movements and military campaigns that took place along the byway corridor, there are a remarkable number of intact historic districts, historic sites, and villages associated with each of these eras.

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway | I-95 Exit Guide
Between the green boughs reaching out from either bank of the D&R Canal lies the red locktender’s station and an arched stone bridge spanning the waters. Public domain. Photograph by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C.

The nearby Delaware and Raritan Canal and towpath are popular for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing, birding, and horseback riding. The Millstone Valley is a haven of historical sites, recreational sites, and natural beauty.

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An aerial view of the Griggstown Lock shows a rural farming landscape, a lock station, and an intact towpath. Public domain. Photograph courtesy of Lauren Wasilauski, Montgomery Township, NJ

Driving the Byway

  • Beginning at the intersection of Route 206 and River Road in Montgomery, the route runs north along River Road on the west side of the Millstone River, across the causeway linking Millstone and East Millstone, and south on Canal Road through Franklin Township.
  • The route proceeds into Kingston by way of Kingston-Rocky Hill Road and turns south for a short distance on Route 27 before heading north again on Kingston-Rocky Hill Road by way of Church Street in Kingston.
  • The route then crosses the D&R Canal and the Millstone River on Route 518 and turns north again on Montgomery Road, in Rocky Hill, past the 1860 house, to Route 206 and River Road.

Driving the New Crescent Avenue Section

  • After traveling along River Road in Hillsborough and Montgomery Township, continue on River Road along the Millstone River.
  • Rather than making a left on Washington Street (Route 518) to finish the original byway route, continue straight at the intersection of Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street by crossing Washington Street to Reeve Street (formally Church Street).
  • Drive a short block to Crescent Avenue (formerly South Street) and make a left at the intersection of Crescent Avenue and Reeve Street.
  • Continue straight at the intersection of Crescent Avenue and Princeton Avenue. Bear right at the intersection of River Road and Crescent and follow River Road (County Route 605) into Kingston.
  • Turn left onto NJ Route 27. This section ends at Kingston Lock, which provides parking, a gateway and a base for the southern end of the byway.
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway | I-95 Exit Guide

The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes highways that are outstanding examples of our nation’s beauty, history, culture, and recreational experience by designating them as All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways. The roads being featured were designated by the Secretary of Transportation from nominations submitted by the states and federal land management agencies. These designations provide a compass for people from all over the world to explore America’s treasured open roads.
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