This is a true community trail: four small cities are tied together by this corridor, each maintaining their short section and calling it a different name. Starting in Somers Point, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, a large, bright sign welcomes you to the Somers Point Bike Path. The trail then heads north through Linwood, Northfield and Pleasantville. Atlantic City is about a dozen miles northeast, and the area leans toward an urban setting. Frequent street crossings require caution.
Most of the trail travels through residential neighborhoods and the schools, parks and playing fields in between. Students use the path as a safe walking route between home and school. Residents of the trail's neighborhoods frequently walk it for exercise or take their babies for a ride along in strollers. Lightly traveled neighborhood roads—and busier Shore Road to the east—parallel much of the bike path, so a meal is never far away. A few short wooded sections provide a change of pace from the residential neighborhoods that make up most of the path's viewscape.
From the municipal building in Somers Point, at the intersection of West New Jersey Avenue and 1st Street, the bike path heads north, parallel to 1st Street and passing areas of primarily commercial properties. Beyond Maryland Avenue the area on each side of the bike path is primarily residential.
Just after passing over Ocean Avenue, the bike path enters Linwood (and is occasionally called the Linwood Bike Path), which consists primarily of residential neighborhoods. The bike path takes the center of a wide median that divides Wabash Avenue; the eastern side is one way north and the western side is one way south.
The bike path enters Northfield just before crossing Oakhurst Avenue. More residential neighborhoods flank the path. A large recreational complex provides ample parking, trailside, between West Devonshire and Edgewood avenues.
Enter Pleasantville, the most urban of the communities, after passing over West Ridgewood Avenue. The trail continues to West Decatur Avenue and extends across the inactive railroad bridge that crosses the Black Horse Pike. After crossing the Black Horse Pike on the railroad bridge, the trail extends another miles along an active rail line to Devins Lane.
It's spreading. It's contagious. It's color! In the town of Pleasantville, nothing changes. The temperature is always the same, the weather is always nice, and no one has ever seen rain. Sex is an unknown word, passion is obsolete, and the most intimacy anyone sees is a touch to the hand. There are no words in books, the high school basketball team never misses a shot, and there is nothing beyond the town. In Pleasantville, things are always pleasant. But when David and Jennifer Wagner infiltrate the town, things change. The power of a mysterious remote given to them by a mysterious TV repairman sends these two teenagers from the 1990s into the 1950s town of Pleasantville. David is an avid fan of the television show "Pleasantville" and he immediately realizes that he and his sister have replaced two of the main characters, Bud and Mary Sue. And the only way they can get out is if they complete the episode as planned. Things won't be so simple. Jennifer is a sexually active with a less than positive view on the black and white and predictable lifestyle in which the townspeople are living. It doesn't take her long to start invoking her own style on Pleasantville, including language, lifestyle, and sex. Suddenly, things are changing. The basketball team can't make shots, storms are brewing in the sky, fires are beginning to burn, and things are becoming colorful. Now, as objects and people begin to change, including their actions and emotions, the reality of their lifestyle is about to be revealed. Pleasantville is starting to become a lot less pleasant as some of the older citizens take to the streets, frightened of what they might become.