New Jersey Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Find the top rated mountain biking trails in New Jersey, whether you're looking for an easy short mountain biking trail or a long mountain biking trail, you'll find what you're looking for. Click on a mountain biking trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail

2.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder

Buena Borough Bike Path

1.9 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt

Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area

3.7 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Corson's Inlet Rail Trail

0.33 mi
State: NJ
Gravel

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

72.8 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Elephant Swamp Trail

5 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Woodchips

Great Valley Trail

3.5 mi
State: NJ
Dirt, Grass

Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area

3 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

Historic Smithville Park Trails

3.9 mi
State: NJ
Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips

Kingston Branch Loop Trail

1.75 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Lake Iliff Trail

1.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Manasquan Reservoir Trail

4.8 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Ogden Mine Railroad Path

2.7 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Patriots' Path (NJ)

35 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Paulinskill Valley Trail

27.1 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway

7 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

West Essex Trail

2.84 mi
State: NJ
Cinder, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail passes through hardwood forests and affords views of the valley below to the right. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ...
NJ 2.1 mi Ballast, Cinder
This trail goes through the Black River Wildlife Management area along streambeds and forest. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ DEP for a fee. The trail follows...
NJ 4 mi Ballast
This bike path begins along Southwest Boulevard at Harding Highway (US 40). It continues alongside the boulevard, then crosses Central Avenue and slipping into Bruno Melini Memorial Park, Buena’s...
NJ 1.9 mi Asphalt
This pleasant, flat rail-trail parallels Capoolong Creek through the Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area for nearly 4 miles. The surface is varied, so the trail is best suited for hiking or...
NJ 3.7 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Corson's Inlet Rail-Trail begins at the parking lot off County 619 (by the bridge) in Corson's Inlet State Park and runs for a short distance across the upper dunes above the beach. There are plans to...
NJ 0.33 mi Gravel
Spanning more than 70 miles, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is the longest completed multiuse trail in the state and is described by many as the crown jewel of New Jersey trails. A...
NJ 72.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
As you walk along the Elephant Swamp Trail, it’s easy to see where it picked up the swamp part of its name. As for the rest, legend has it that in the late 1800s, an elephant got loose in the swamp...
NJ 5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Woodchips
The Great Valley Trail, built on the former Lehigh & New England Railroad, offers an unpaved, natural experience through quiet woodlands between the townships of Hampton and Frankford. Although...
NJ 3.5 mi Dirt, Grass
This trail is in an area rich in geological history. Zinc and Iron Ores were transported along this branch from mines in the area that operated for over 200 years. The trail is scenic with a slight...
NJ 3 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt
The village of Smithville, upon which the Historic Smithville Park (open 8 a.m.–30 minutes after sunset) sits, has a long and colorful past—and some important connections to the history of bicycles in...
NJ 3.9 mi Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
The Kingston Branch Loop Trail is a trip up one side and down the other of the scenic tree-lined Delaware and Raritan Canal. The eastern half of the loop follows the bed of the Rocky Hill Railroad and...
NJ 1.75 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
This is the first phase of the proposed Lehigh & Hudson River Rail Trail. The second phase will connect Hillside Park to Kittatinny Valley State Park. It is hoped that there will be an eventual...
NJ 1.1 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Manasquan Reservoir Trail is located in the Howell Township and provides a great natural destination in the heart of the town. The trail forms a perimeter loop around the 770 acre reservoir...
NJ 4.8 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
This trail is located in the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation which is a unit of the Morris County Park Commission. The trail follows an abandoned railroad bed through hardwood forests, past ponds, swamps...
NJ 2.7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Patriots' Path covers roughly 35 miles of terrain and is open to mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hiking. The multi-use trails links parks, open space, recreational...
NJ 35 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Paulinskill Valley Trail follows a creek by the same name through a section of rural New Jersey with a strong German influence. In fact, the word kill is Dutch for “riverbed or stream channel.”...
NJ 27.1 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
DESCRIPTION: The Created by Union Forge Heritage Association in 2007,Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway is a 7 mile trail that winds its way through High Bridge criss-crossing a number of...
NJ 7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The West Essex Trail follows a short distance (just under 3 miles) of the former rail bed of the Caldwell Branch on the old Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The trail runs between the Essex–Passiac county...
NJ 2.84 mi Cinder, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Cooper River Park

Getting better for biking.

November, 2019 by gtbest

North Park Drive now has painted bike lanes on the road and they are working well. There is good separation between bikers, parked cars, walkers and joggers.

Paulinskill Valley Trail

No skinny tires here.

October, 2019 by huntingr321_tl

Ive been riding this trail since the 90s. The trail is scenic in certain sections, However, Its pretty rustic & you're gonna need at least a 1.7 tire or higher.

For those of you who have the 700c tire, A 42mm or higher will get you going. After rain fall, You will encounter lots of pockets of puddles & some mud.

Lots of wildlife & on weekends you'll bump into equestrians. If you like fishing, You'll pass a few small lakes & creeks to hang out & wet your line & have lunch.

Union Transportation Trail

South End Trail Extension

October, 2019 by jtwcallahan2

I was just down at the south end of the trail a few weeks ago and it looks like there’s construction in progress to extend the trail; not sure how far but it’s great to see! This was about September 7.

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Henry Hudson Trail

rpc

September, 2019 by rjcastronuova

Been on this trail many times! Will return!
Some sections are worse than others with tree roots under the pavement, signs are not located thru Matawan, (train station, etc.) need clean bathrooms along the route.
Recommend!
Beautiful scenery. (some points you can see NY!)

Trolley Line Trail (NJ)

Trail Closed!

September, 2019 by jtwcallahan2

This trail is currently closed for PSEG construction until June 2020! I went there on Friday Sept. 20 for the relatively short ride it affords and was met with heavy construction equipment and signs. I don’t know if they’re making trail improvements as well but they were working on the section of right of way that goes through the park. Hopefully that will now be included as part of the trail.

Saddle River County Park Bike Path

Great Route!

September, 2019 by cappacrush

This is a great, scenic route that weaves its way through at least 3 different parks in the area, and under quite a few bridges. Mainly flat and most of the trail is covered by nice tree canopy to keep you shaded. We had a great time traveling the entire length of the trail (and back) today. However, that said, I do have to agree with some of the other posts on this site...the path can get a bit congested in areas (like the trail head by the duck pond, and as you ride through the parks). This is the only reason i didnt give a 5 star review. A lot of the walkers didnt honor the keep right except to pass rule, others walked 2 sometimes 3 abreast taking up the majority of the pathway, and still others stopped in groups in the middle of the trail. My advice would be to hit this on off peak days/hours, but if you do go on a weekend or holiday, and your on a bike, just make sure you announce yourself and advise those in front of you that you are passing on the left. The majority of trail users were considerate and moved over to the right when needed. All in all, it was a great ride, and i would recommend it to beginner to intermediate cyclists.

Middlesex Greenway

lots of wildlife

September, 2019 by shanashay

i love walking here with my dogs. i see turtles, snakes, butterflies, hummingbirds, (lots of other birds) and countless native plants.

Pemberton Rail-Trail

Cleanup?

September, 2019 by juobie26

My wife and I moved to the Hearthstone community two years ago and love to walk the rail trail. Unfortunately, the trail has been blocked by multiple tree debris and is beyond passable. It has been a month since anything has been done. Can I get an update.

Barnegat Branch Trail

Nice in Forked River "but"

August, 2019 by mary.m.teel

I have an electric trike I use to shop & ride due to mobility issues & was hoping to use the trail to avoid riding on Rt 9 to get from Sunrise to Walmart. What I found was the trail not only ended Musket Rd, which I expected, but it had a guard rail with a hard to navigate narrow mount to exit the trail. That necessitated me to get off & try to push my trike up around the mound & guard rail. The rest of the trail from Lacey Rd to the guard rail was nice.

Pemberton Rail-Trail

PLEASE REPAIR!

August, 2019 by rstrong_tl

WE FIRST CAME TO LIVE IN PEMBERTON THREE YEARS AGO, AND WE WERE DELIGHTED TO FIND THE R-T TRAIL. WE WALKED IT ALMOST EVERY WEEK--WITH MY WIFE, OUR GRANDCHILDREN, ETC.
BUT FOR THE LAST TWO OR THREE MONTHS, IT HAS BECOME IMPASSABLE WITH SEVERAL TREES BLOCKING THE PATH, INCLUDING ON THE "Y" THAT RETURNS TO HANOVER STREET. WE HOPED IT WOULD BE CLEARED DURING THE SUMMER, BUT I GUESS THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE DONE!
PLEASE CLEAR THE FALLEN TREES!!! THANK YOU.
BOB AND FRITZIE

Paulinskill Valley Trail

Needs a Little TLC

August, 2019 by jackybob

On 08/19/19 we rode a section of this trail running south from the airport to just past the viaduct. To begin with the trail was slightly difficult to locate and we ended up asking someone at the airport how to locate the trail. We were hoping to get in a 20 to 25 mile ride, but after passing under the viaduct the trail became increasingly tight (rubbing up against bushes) and muddy (large puddles of water) which caused us to turn around. When we arrived back at the airport we figured that heading north would be similar to our southerly experience so we ended our ride.
Our assessment of the section of the trail that we rode:
Narrow - We had to ride single file.
Muddy - It did look like it maybe rained the night before.
Rough - We usually average around 12 mph. On this trail we were at 8 mph.
Has potential, but needs a little TLC.
More suited for mountain bikes (or at least bikes with wider tires) than hybrids.
Baseline:
We are in our mid to late 50's and our home trails are the Pine Creek Trail and the Buffalo Valley Trail.

Paulinskill Valley Trail

Paulinskill Valley Trail

August, 2019 by jdeutschmd

I started riding on NJ trails a few weeks ago and I had some things I liked about this trail and other things that I did not enjoy:

There's plenty of shade and it's a few degrees cooler up north than going south. There are some scenic views, for example a little water fall, body of water, areas of rock that had been blasted for the train tracks.

On the less favorable side: There are a number of times that you'll need to cross a road. Sometimes these are county roads with a lot of fast moving trucks. Be very careful! Also, there can be mud after a rain. A number of areas are very narrow and you'll encounter rocks and holes in the trail.

I did not see any animals (except for a dog).

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