Deer Park - TRAIL

Deer Park - Trail, Hackettstown, Jersey

In the woods. Rocks, roots, and dirt.

User Reviews (15)

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Tom from Rockaway, NJ   Cross Country Rider [May 21, 2008]

I rode here a few weeks ago and found new fun singletrack near the first parking lot. Enter at the back of the parking lot (used to be a short party trail to nowhere) and explore.
I've been riding here for more than 10-15 years. This place desperately needed new trailage and now I'm stoked to go back.
The trails here are all about flow and speed. The new ones are the exact opposite; but fun and challenging.

Customer Service

Drive down Deer Park Rd. and park in the 1st lot. There are 2 trailheads. One I mentioned above, the other is on the other side of the row of trees you park your car in front of. If your new to this park, start here (you'll ride on a small dam to an ice pond). Keep making lefts until you go past the 2 small trails that lead to the Route 80E scenic parking area on your left and then make 2 rights. Follow out to Deer pond and make left. Take a left on the trail straight in front of you after you go over the spillway. At the end of this trail make left onto the main dirt road and make a right after a garage for the park ranger then make any left you see which will eventually lead you back to your car. Total trip -approx 10 miles.
Get a map - They might not be that accurate, but the one I used to use a least got me onto most of the original trails.

Similar Products Used: North Allamucy -park off Route 517 rather than the rail trail lot near Waterloo. You'd better bring plenty of tools, food and your A-game.
I love this place for the diversity and the endless technical loops.
Check out Mahlon if you haven't done so recently. Several new trails there have made this once again a fun ride.
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4
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4
lou_b_83   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2008]

The trail system is on the easy side but is great for newbies. It is well maintained.

Customer Service

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5280244

This is a good started trail loop. Start in Lot 2, Go down blue, around the lake, left onto red, left onto white, left onto yellow, blue back to the lot. it is about 4 miles. If you want it alittle longer stay on white until you come out next to lot one and then ride the fire road back up to lot 2.

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5
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3
S.S.Wazu   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2007]

Deer Park has FANTASTIC "Every Day" biking trails. I've been riding there for years at least once a week and I've sampled most of the other trails in the area like Mahlon Dickerson, Ringwood, Round Valley, Sandy Hook, Kittatinny and great trails in New York and PA too. For my money, overall, none of the other trails can stand up to Deer Park. Some are more techinical, some faster, some with more/less/longer/shorter hills but none with the entire package. Deer Park has a little of everything. Even fishing if you are so inclined. On the other side of Allamuchy Mountain there are fantastic advanced trails with scenic vistas that only mountainous can enjoy. I really love that side of the mountain, and alot too but it can beat you up if you ride it daily.

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5
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3
Timekiller   Weekend Warrior [Sep 11, 2006]

In my last review, I was reviewing the Sussex Branch/Allamuchy trails. But the Allamuchy mountain trails along Deer Park are awesome. There are few, but great options for this trail system. You can take a good workout, or you can go blast through trails as fast as you can. There are a few sketchy downhills, but they are wicked fun, and the climbs will really get the blood going! Check out MTBNJ.com for a really good map.

Customer Service

It depends on what you are looking to do. If you like climbs/downhills, take the white trail all the way around. Stop at the senic overlook for a break. The trail exit is a bit hard to see, but you'll hear the traffic of Rt. 80 Nice narrow bridges on the white trail going over mud.

If you like a few climbs park in parking lot 1, take the yellow/white trail, split to the white trail, then to the red trail, which turns into the blue trail. You can really blow through the red/blue right off of the white. After you exit the blue trail you will come back out to parking lot 2, get back on the yellow/white trail but stay on the yellow trail when it splits. VERY good climb into a nice cool-down decent. Just watch for the mudpit at the end of the yellow trail. Good Stuff!!

Similar Products Used: DIABLO!!! @ Mountain Creek, Stephens St. Park.
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5
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3
Trailrider0101   Cross Country Rider [Oct 18, 2004]

This trail is ideally suited for intermediate riders but can be enjoyed by all.very fast singletrack,moderate climbs not very much technical sections but enough too keep it interesting.I always have fun riding here.There is probally about 12 miles of trails.

Similar Products Used: mahlon dickerson, allamucy, waywayanda and ringwood
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5
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4
bill-now   Weekend Warrior [Aug 30, 2003]

It blows me away that a place like this exists five minutes from Interstate 80. The park is about 2+ square miles of area but has enough variety to keep this (50+) rider and his teenage kids amused. A mixture of fire roads and narrow single track. The surface is not too rocky and most of the logs across the trail are jumpable. Seemingly less mud than the local rail trals. Ratings are relative to other NJ trails.

Customer Service

Enter the park about 2 miles South of Route 80. Park at the first lot. (I wouldn't recommend the road to the second parking lot in a car). To the right of the porta-john is a fireroad (yellow trail). Take the yellow trail to the white trail. The white trail will pass Deer Park Pond. Now the fun begins! Continue on the white trail until the red trail. Hang a right on the red trail until the yellow trail. Once again, make a right onto the yellow trail back to the lower parking lot. The map available in the lower parking lot seems accurate.

Similar Products Used: Paulinskill Rail Trail (Flat as a pancake but scenic and interesting from a railroad history point of view). Sussex Valley Trail (Also flat and somewhat less scenic). Kitatinny State Park (Easier th
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5
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3
COS   [Apr 16, 2001]

this ALLAMUCHY state park if you go north of RT 80. straight up rt 517 about three miles from deer park rd. more technical riding ..... my fav

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5
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Nails   [May 06, 2001]

Great place for cross country rides. The outer loop that runs around the entire park is about a 9 mile ride or so, give or take a few. Several long, lung burning climbs, assorted logs and rocks too. Watch for people on horses in the summer, it's a popular place for the equestrian folk. Overall, it's a great place to train. Ride the outer loop of the park 2 or 3 times and you'll be burnin' by the time you end up back in the lot. It's no Ringwood, but it's alot of fun. As always, carry out what you carry in....

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4
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Motley Morpheme   [Nov 12, 2001]

This is our first time riding on this trail.... and we're glad we did! The trail ranges from beginner to intermediate riders. So many singletracks to explore! Will definitely be coming back again...!

Customer Service

Everything....

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5
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Stativa_Steve   [Dec 11, 2001]

I lived in hackettstown for 18 years before went to VA Beach and I never new that Deer Park was there until I returned. My friend took me to the trails and they were great. Ride all the trails if you can if you find the Park.

Customer Service

Can't remember but the down hill was fast

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4
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