CLAYTON PARK - TRAIL

CLAYTON PARK - Trail, IMLAYSTOWN, Jersey

FAST NON ROCKY TWISTY TURNY UP & DOWN SINGLE TRACK W/ SOME LOGS KIND OF LIKE A SMALL MERCER W/ SOME HILLS----WORTH THE RIDE,LOTS OF FUN! GREAT SUMMER OR WINTER

User Reviews (46)

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copa1226   Weekend Warrior [Dec 23, 2012]

Great place to get a hard workout over a short period of time. A lot of climbs and several being quite long. Easy to get to either by car or we occasionally ride there as the scenic roads around the park are very rural within minimal traffic. Expect a lot of roots! Since I live in the area, I am there at least once a week and highly recommend Clayton if your time is limited and a quick (challenging) ride is needed. Very hard to get lost inside this park since the trials are well marked. Parks Department does a great job and keeping the trials clear of fallen trees.

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4
VALUE
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4
geoffss   Cross Country Rider [Oct 06, 2008]

This is one of the few trails I have ridden out here on the East Coast where you can ride your bike at speed. It has been a while since I have been able to feel how my bike handles over 10mph. I dont think there were any rocks, there was an abundance of roots, but they were shallow in the ground so rarely did I need to hop over anything in my way. The dirt is soft and loamy, sandy, and appears to drain well. I was able to really lean through corners without sliding, and have traction for the short uphill grunts.

Sadly, I was able to ride all of the trails in a little over 1 hour without backtracking too much. Lots of fun, but it was over too quickly.

It is a really fun trail system, with decent trail markings and good maps, but it leaves a lot to be desired if you wanted a long ride.

-Not very aerobically challenging, there were people on townie bikes riding through the trails.

-Not very technical, again, townie bikes.

-But, it was a lot of fun to ride fast and really rip around.

Customer Service

I went from the parking lot onto the Glen trail, turned right onto the Bridges trail, and then just took every turn to the right through Old Forge, Doctor's Creek, and all the way out to the North West Corner of the park, and then doubled back and ended up riding all the trails.

It seemed that by turnng right and going through the outer trails in a counter-clockwise motion that I hit the most consistent downhill, flow and jump.

Similar Products Used: I wouldn't drive more than 45 minutes to ride this place. You have to make sure your ride is at least longer than the time it takes to drive there.
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4
VALUE
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2
ziggurat22   Cross Country Rider [Jan 17, 2008]

I've been riding Clayton with my friends since 1995 and while it's not the biggest place to ride or the most technical, it's always been a good place to hammer. It's a nice little slice of swoopy singletrack. You have a few climbs, some log piles, but virtually no rocks. If you stay left on the trails, you can get 6-7 miles out of a loop. It's fun workout and a great place to ride in winter. While most other trails are mired in mud for months at a time, Clayton drains well and can be ridden just a day or two after rain. It's also a great place to ride for beginner and novice riders.

Like any trail that gets used heavily, there is some erosion, so ride smart. While this a nice little shake-down type of place, I wouldn't ride it that often unless you live close as the lack of mileage and technical features can make it kind of dull to ride regularly, especially if you have to drive a bit to get there and/or if you're a more advanced rider.

Customer Service

Mostly the Doctor's Trail, but the loop I take starts at the parking lot, through the fields. Take the trail and stay left the whole time.

Similar Products Used: Mercer is the next closest, followed by Allaire.
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3
VALUE
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3
xcmountainbiker90   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2007]

this place is great i try to go to clayton at least every weekend or every other. the trails are well maintained some obsicales and there is also a bombing down trail its fun.

Customer Service

bridges tril and doctors trail . but do every loop at least once

Similar Products Used: hartshorne
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
joe   Cross Country Rider [Nov 20, 2007]

alsome trail very good for any rider some tree obsicales. nice pond to take a break at nice hill to bomb down.

Customer Service

doctors trail and bridges trail

Similar Products Used: hawsthorne ,huber
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
rutkiller   Weekend Warrior [Oct 13, 2007]

After reading so many great reviews about this park, I figured I would give it a shot. I drove about 35 minutes to get there from Cherry Hill, NJ. The park is really easy to find, as it is just about 2-3 miles off of -195, and there are plenty of signs along the way.

I believe I rode all of the trails at Clayton in about 2 hours. The park was very easy to navigate, as the trails are well marked and there is a map available at the parking lot. Essentially, there are a handful of trails, which intertwine to form various loops. If you "stay left" at each trail intersection, you can form a nice 4-5 mile loop. I found all of the trails to be very nicely maintained. This park consists of nice tight singletrack. It is fairly level, however, there are some gradual "hills" which make for a nice quick downhill, or a moderate climb. 95% of the trails are hardpack, with very little sand and/or loose soil. I didn't encounter any rocks whatsoever, and there are very few roots. You can move along at a nice pace through this entire park, although some of the climbs will be a bit challenging for beginners. I personally found myself walking one of the climbs as my rear tire was spinning on all of the fallen leaves and I just couldn't find a grip. Although it isn't as big as some of the other nearby parks, I had a blast at this park. There's a little something for everyone here.

Customer Service

Park at the lot on Emily's Hill Rd. Once in the parking lot, take the trail to the far left (if you're looking at the woods), and follow it through the farm fields for a few hundred yards. You'll eventually wind into the woods, and if you stay left at each trail intersection, you'll form a nice 4-5 mile loop. I was skeptical about the "stay left" loop, but it actually did work. Just stay left and follow Doctor's Creek trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
jaxon1174   Weekend Warrior [Mar 14, 2007]

Great intermediate trail. I was introduced to mountian biking here. The trail has several trails interconected some routes are easier for others which accomadate riders of all levels. several good climbs to build up the cardio and good downhill shoots for speed. Plenty of log obsticles and rooty areas for technical riders. A well rounded trail overall.

Customer Service

Take the outside track staying to the left at all intersections. This will give about a 4 mile circuit then head to the inner trails.

Similar Products Used: Mercer County, Allaire, and Chimney Rock
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4
VALUE
RATING
3
Sprudho1   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2006]

What a nice park! Trails are wide and clean yet challenging enough with a lot of twist and turn. It's possible to go fast here. A few jumps here and there and one bigger worth taking video of to share with your buddies! Highly recommended for a quick workout or if you want to try some place new...
Easy access, it's right by I-195 exit 11. Large parking, garbage cans etc. Enjoy

Customer Service

While the maps indicate the trails being on the right hand side of the park more difficult, I found them being about all the same except perhaps for a few climbs in that area. You can do all the trails (and you will want to) in a couple hours....

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4
VALUE
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3
BikerDan   Weekend Warrior [Aug 14, 2006]

Nice wide trails with good stretches of ups and downs. Plenty of log crossings and jumps. Any of the more challenging jumps tend to be off to the side of the trail so you have the option to try them or just keep flying on by. A few muddy spots after rains.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
fire1075   Cross Country Rider [Jul 15, 2006]

Trail Summary has been written over and over hear so I won't repeat. I will say that i love this park. Been here many times and I still keep coming back. You won't become a pro by riding here but it is a great place for cardio and having a little fun. Nothing very extreme in fact I'm taking my 13 year old here to ride. I still have to rate it high because I just love this place.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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