9 Top Spots for Mountain Biking in New Jersey

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Do you happen to have a mountain bike in New Jersey, but don’t know where to use it? Fret not, we have 9 of the best downhill mountain biking spots in New Jersey for you to enjoy.

We’ve also created a mountain bike map to help you plan your next adventure. Use this as a tool to get you started.

Many popular spots are on the map, but we also bring some insider spots from our team members. These mountain bike spots will indeed have you coming back for more.

mountain biking in new jersey, 9 Top Spots for Mountain Biking in New Jersey

1. Allaire State Park

Allaire State Park sports several mountain bike trails, but you’ll also share them with equestrians and hikers, so be careful! 

The park boasts over 30 miles of diverse trails that wind through dense forests, open fields, and challenging terrain. Riders of all skill levels can find suitable trails, from beginner-friendly routes to advanced technical sections that test even the most experienced bikers.

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Our writer Bri in Allaire State Park

2. Wharton State Forest

Unlike Allaire, Wharton State Forest boasts singletrack trails, a favorite among mountain bikers for their narrow, winding paths. The terrain is more varied here, with sandy and gravel surfaces that can be challenging

Ride deep into the Pinelands in Wharton State Forest. There are five bike-only trails through the South Jersey brush, surrounded by sand and pine trees. Park at Batsto Village to start your day.

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3. Clayton Park

Clayton Park, situated in Upper Freehold Township, New Jersey, is a hidden gem for mountain biking enthusiasts. The park offers a compact yet challenging network of trails that cater to intermediate and advanced riders

Bikers will see wetlands, a stream, and a forested area on the six miles of rugged but mostly moderate trails on their trip to Clayton Park in Upper Freehold.

4. Hartshorne Woods Park

Mountain bike near the ocean and Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park! More moderate and advanced riders will enjoy the hilly trails with steep descents, all with views of the Atlantic.

Hartshorne Woods Park caters to mountain bikers with a sweet spot of around 9 miles of trails. This network offers something for everyone, from venturing beginners to seasoned riders.

5. Washington Valley Park

The five trails in Washington Valley Park, also known as Chimney Rock Park, all loop around two reservoirs, a waterfall, and a hawk watch area.

From JORBA: The operative word at Chimney Rock is ROCK. There are lots of them, small ones, large ones, and even some sloping exposed rock faces to ride up.

There are also a lot of tree roots, stream crossings, and steep hills. Generally, the trials (with a couple of exceptions) are technically and physically demanding.

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6. Allamuchy State Park

Allamuchy State Park is great for beginner and advanced mountain bikers, with easy rail trails and more complex ascending trails.

The park boasts over 14 miles of well-maintained, multi-use trails that offer a diverse range of riding experiences. The terrain varies from gentle, rolling hills to challenging, rocky sections that will test your technical skills and endurance.

If you’re just getting started, head to Deer Park, the southern part of the park, but if you’re up for a challenge, head up to Allamuchy North.

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7. Mountain Creek

Mountain Creek is a little different experience for bikers, boasting a maintained bike park with 52 trails, including jumps and other features. Even though you need a daily pass to access this park, it’s worth trying it out for the day.

The mountain biking trails at Mountain Creek are serviced by a high-speed gondola, allowing riders to easily access the top of the mountain and maximize their downhill mountain biking in New Jersey. 

8. Mercer County Park

There are four trails in Mercer County Park for mountain bikers, but you have to share with hikers. Lake Mercer, a golf course, and fields in Central New Jersey on your ride surround you.

The trail system offers a variety of terrain for riders of all skill levels, from beginner-friendly loops to more advanced, technical trails that will challenge even the most experienced riders.

9. Six Mile Run Reservoir

Six Mile Run Reservoir has several unique mountain biking trails, starting with the twisties. This route is near water wherever you go, so be careful after it rains.

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Our writer Bri in Allaire State Park

Check out the complete Mountain Biking & Kayak Spots Map in NJ for the perfect adrenaline rush. And don’t forget to see JORBA (Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association) for more parks and trails.

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