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NJ has an immense variety of terrain. There are well over 70 different places in NJ having at least 3 miles of single-track trails open to bikes. Something for everyone. However, our club is not limited to NJ, as there are also numerous parks and preserves within day-outing driving distance from Trenton in PA, NY, DE and CT.

This club is a great opportunity to meet new people to ride with and to explore new trails. We welcome new members across wide ranges of fitness and skill levels. However, at the very minimum, new members must own a mountain bike and should be at least "beginner-plus". That is, they must know how to operate the brakes and shifters, and have already tried riding on a singletrack trail. Please, no true beginners who have never been on a rougher surface than a dirt road or rail trail.

Off-road biking is an inherently dangerous activity, requiring padding and armor. Keep in mind that you are responsible for your own safety and equipment. Central NJ Mountain Biking and Meetup.com are not responsible for you or your equipment. All your decisions and actions are totally your own responsibility. Act and decide what to ride, or not ride, accordingly. On all of our rides you can always walk your bike through / around features that you deem too hazardous for riding.

Members must maintain a correct profile photo that distinctly shows one's face.

Please, don't click the Join button until you're ready to RSVP for an upcoming event. Until then, you can always return as a visitor to our web site to read about our past and future outings.

Upcoming events (5)

Sussex County Rail Trails Near Newton
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This ride is a continuation of a route begun with the Meetup of Aug 9th. It will be an out and back, totalling about 20 miles. Pace will be about 8-12 mph, depending on the surface. We start out on the Sussex Branch rail trail, then switch to the Great Valley utility line trail, then get onto the Paulinskill Valley rail trail. Adults only. Mountain bike not required; a cruiser or hybrid bike would actually work better. Helmet optional, but recommended. Remember to bring water, snack food, bug repellent, spare tube. Please, no broadcasting of music, nor riding with pets. Parking area has no facilities. Medium to heavy rain will cause cancellation. So check this web page for updates before you leave home. More Info http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Sussex_Branch.html (http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Sussex_Branch.html) http://www.traillink.com/trail/sussex-branch-trail.aspx http://dlw-sussexbranch.com/Trail_guide/guide.html http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Paulins_Kill_Rail_Trail.html http://www.traillink.com/trail/paulinskill-valley-trail.aspx Biking Reviews http://www.njhiking.com/biking-sussex-branch-paulinskill-valley-and-the-great-valley-rail-trail/ (http://www.njskylands.com/pkkitt) http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-new-jersey/trail/sussex-branch-trail/prd_169103_4564crx.aspxaspx (http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-new-jersey/trail/sussex-branch-trail/prd_169103_4564crx.aspxaspx) http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-new-jersey/trail/paulinskill-valley-trail/prd_169080_4564crx.aspx Other Attractions in the Area Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ. http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org

Phillips
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John A.Phillips Park and Preserve is a small woodland park managed by Middlesex County. Dense stands of slender oaks. Very flat, sandy terrain. Trail system is a network of singletrack mostly 4-5' wide. Several small loops and several spurs, totalling at least 6.5 miles. Primarily for hiking; not turny, except for parts of the orange trail. Most of the trails get little traffic; leaf humus surface is generally slow and spongey. It is bordered by Hwy 18, Hwy 527, and . Pleasant Valley Rd and E Greystone Rd cut through its interior. More Info http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hikes-john-a-phillips-preserve/ http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/john-phillips-preserve-loop http://njtrails.org/trail/john-a-phillips-preserve/ (http://njtrails.org/trail/john-a-phillips-preserve/) http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PR/John-A.-Phillips-Preserve.aspx http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2013/05/john-phillips-preserve-nj.html MTB Reviews http://www.mtbnj.com/forum/threads/john-a-phillips-park-land-preserve.23033/ Trail Map http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/Government/Departments/IM/Documents/Maps/PhillipsPreserveTrailMap0415.pdf

Cheesequake
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Cheesequake State Park is located near the shoreline of Raritan Bay; bisected by the GS Parkway. Variety of wildlife and some rare native plants. We'll be riding a woodland part of this park, not its tidal meadows. Only one 3-mile trail (blazed white) allowed here for MTB use. Fun, rollercoasteresque, narrow singletrack with plenty of turns, roots, and quick changes of elevation. Some twisty off-cambered segments. Several log-overs. One very steep DH about 150' long. Soil is sandy hardpack and beige clay. No rocks, but really not suitable for most beginners. We'll do multiple laps, each of which includes about 300' of asphalt road in order to close the loop. About a 1.5-2 hr intermediate level ride (with stops). Adults only. Intermediate level. No-drop; with breaks for recovery and regrouping, but riders should be prepared for some high intensity segments. Mountain bike and helmet required. Remember to also bring: water, snacks, tick repellent, spare tube. Please, no broadcasting of music, nor riding with pets. No facilities at the parking area, but there are restrooms at the nature center and at the RV campground. Its clay becomes slick when wet, so recent rain may cause this event to be canceled. So please check this web page for updates before you leave home. If you know that you will be late, then please post below, as there is cellular internet at the parking lot to check for latecomers. MTB Reviews http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-new-jersey/trail/cheesequake-state-park/prd_169024_4564crx.aspx#reviews http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/cheesequake-state-park.html More Info http://www.nynjtc.org/park/cheesequake-state-park http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html http://www.njhiking.com/best-hikes-in-nj-cheesequake/ Trail Map http://www.nynjtc.org/files/CheesequakeTrails.pdf Food & Drink The Pine Tavern http://www.pinetavern.net/

Swatara
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Swatara State Park; MTB West Loops Trailhead Parking

Swatara State Park is a public woodland located about 14 miles NE of Hershey, PA. It occupies a hilly region along the banks of Swatara Creek. At the SW end of the park there is an interconnected system of 6 singletrack trail loops designed expressly for MTB use totalling about 8.5 miles. Riders will have the option to do some of those loops a 2nd lap around. Shallow stream crossings, switchbacks, roots. Log-overs have no bypasses, but are not collosal. Trails are not very rocky. Generally fast riding, like Nox, but more hills and without a rocky trail such as South Park. Adults only. Intermediate level. No-drop; with breaks for recovery and regrouping, but riders should be prepared for some high intensity segments. Mountain bike and helmet required. Remember to also bring: water, snacks, tick repellent, spare tube. Please, no broadcasting of music, nor riding with pets. Don't count on parking area to have facilities. Car pooling arrangements can be made via posting to this page, or by contacting individual members via Meetup's messaging system. Rain or snow can cause cancellation or rescheduling. Too few RSVPs may also cause cancellation. So check this web page for updates before leaving home. If you know you're running late, then post at this web page before the meetup time, as there is cellular internet at the parking lot, to check for latecomers. More Info http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/615295 http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/swatara/ MTB Reviews http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-pennsylvania/trail/samba-trail-system-swatara-sp/prd_379600_4573crx.aspx http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/swatara-state-park.html Trail Map http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003057.pdf

Past events (880)

Mercer Trail Maintenance

Mercer County Park; West Picnic Area

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