Chimney Rock - TRAIL

Chimney Rock - Trail, Martinsville, Jersey

Technical Single track, Great ride!

User Reviews (116)

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xler8   Weekend Warrior [Oct 23, 2015]

If you like rocks, this is the place for you. I would say it's 90-95% rock trails with a few single track that have a splash of dirt. It is challenging for sure and not really recommended for the beginner.

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3
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3
skaterqwertyuiop   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2010]

Fun mix with a lot of variety.

Total Beginners should stay on the outer sections of the trails.
It has something for everybody.

If you are thinking about going here, come and check it out- I have seen sponsored MTB'ers riding the hard sections of trails, and 8 year old kids riding on the intermediate trails.

I love riding these trails.

Customer Service

Starting out at Newman's Lane Parking Lot.

Similar Products Used: This is the best trail in Central NJ.
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5
VALUE
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3
D. Brown   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2010]

I'm originally from NJ, but moved years ago and learned to ride in Arizona. I was back here for a visit and looked for a place to ride. Wound up at Chimney Rock. I didn't ride all that long, but it's definitely a fun place to ride no matter how long you have or what skill level you're at (assuming you're not a complete beginner). It's relatively flat, though there are plenty of short climbs or dips. With the exception of a lot of roots, I didn't come across much of anything that I would consider technical. However, there are a LOT of roots. It's a great place to get a workout and develop skills, because depending on where you're at, you can make it easier or harder by adjusting your speed. Definitely worth a visit.

Customer Service

I parked in the Chimney Rock Park parking lot. I made a right out of the parking lot onto Chimney Rock Road and crossed the street very soon after (maybe 50 yards/couple of properties) to ride along a wooden fence that runs perpendicular to the road and has a thin singletrack running alongside it. Follow that singletrack around the back of a couple people's yards and there will be a turn to the right that crosses a somewhat beat up wooden bridge over a marshy area. Once across the bridge there is a seemingly endless array of rooty singletrack in multiple directions. I just wandered and wound up back where I started after a while.

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4
VALUE
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3
snellvilleGAbiker   Cross Country Rider [Jun 26, 2009]

I am a visitor from Atlanta ga. Rode this trail yesterday June 25, 09. Chimney rock is a mud pit. It does not drain water well at all. I know it had been raining. I didn't enjoy the trail much. I wish i had a local tour guide and a drier trail. I just went out and rode all over. Got in about 12 miles. Some good uphill. Maybe next time i can hook up with some local.

Customer Service

don't know

Similar Products Used: Hartshorne near Sandy hook
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3
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3
toby07016   Weekend Warrior [May 26, 2009]

i used to ride this a couple times per week when i lived in cranford but now i live in nyc, and it is definitely one of the best places in the metropolitan area. i would love to get down to hartshorne woods more often as well. i just rode chimney rock on 5/25/09, it was just how i remembered it. i am not a rockstar by any stretch of the imagination and find myself unclipping a lot but the park and my bike push me to be a better rider. i can imagine how fantastic it must be to ride it complete. there is something here for everyone, rock gardens, tight singletrack, good climbs, mud, watercrossings, log crossings, roots, did i say roots? it is where i learned to mtn bike and it still thrills me.

Customer Service

any of them, although i do like the red and blue lines.

Similar Products Used: hartshorne woods on the shore, not quite in the same area.
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5
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3
Zach   Weekend Warrior [Apr 19, 2009]

Great trails for those above novice skills.It should be called Chimney Root Rock with all the roots on some trails.Lots of hills going in either direction you choose, fun down hills. this place will get the heart pumping after/during a nice climb.Some long technical climbs also. Depending how many miles you would like to ride, you can go anywhere between 8-14 miles or more worth of riding once you know the place good enough. A lot of varying terrain.This place is my favotite in my home state of New Jersey. And you really can't get too lost like Allumuchy.Trails all well marked (and a lot not marked) and well mantained.My helmet off to those who have done all that work within the past year.GREAT JOB!! Be aware of the mud,try to stay away from this place if it has rained within the last two days at least.It will stay muddy longer without sun.

Customer Service

Many different starting points.I like to park at Chimney Rock parking lot by the baseball fields right on Chimney Rock Road(Others park at Newmans Lane parking lot).Head left back out of the lot onto Chimney Rock Rd. make leftt at the next street, about 100-150 ft make a left into a singletrack(not marked) you'll cross a bridge (bear left after) make your way straight (go deep) youll be making your way back then bearing left a river should be on your left.Cross street and head up this technical climb.Bear right as you go up. You'll eventualy cross Chimney Rk RD again.Cross and head down a little and enter through a fence towards the reservoir.Follow a trail(not Marked) right that takes you close to the reservoir then up hill again. Make a left up the hill by the pine trees.After you get up top follow the Red trail down (fun down hill).Bear left towards Newmans Lane parking lot.Once you croos Newmans any loop wll do either way.When you come back down to Newmans Lane,cross back over then bear left(following Newmans Lane for a bit) over bridge then bear right , about 200 ft cross little creek and make a left then a quick right stay this will get u back.

Similar Products Used: Roundvalley(ok), Allemuchy(huge/great),Ringwood(good),Kittatinny(good learning place),Mahlon Dickenson(great/pretty big),Torn(after work)Waywayanda(big/e-z to get lost)Ramapo(fun), Patriots path-Lewis-Morris(some good stuff)
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5
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4
cookin2nite   Weekend Warrior [Mar 01, 2009]

many places to start from. most of which loop back to the starting point. nice trails around the reservoir and some very technical parts on the quarry side of the reservoir. nice single track on the north side of chimney rock road.

Customer Service

no recommended route. really just an area where you have to go exploring. very park with a nice town near by. worth getting lost in.

Similar Products Used: round valley reservoir. duke island park. d and r canal.
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5
VALUE
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4
Maxxis   Weekend Warrior [Nov 30, 2008]

I love this park. I can't figure why the reviews are all over the place. It seems that riders suited to rail trails are attempting more serious riding beyond their skill level. I could understand complaining if the park promised easy riding, but no one has done that to my knowledge. I'm an older guy, in his upper 60's, and can ride all of what's here.( I do have trouble getting up the embankement after crossing the stream). I used to ride here with a hard tail (pre- full suspension) and it was fun then as now. The short of it is that if you enjoy rail trails, this is not the park for you. If you like challenges of logs, rock climbs, etc.: come and play!

Similar Products Used: None. Most of my riding is further North. Ringwood, The Jungle and Wawayanda.
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5
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4
wetshowers   Cross Country Rider [Jun 20, 2008]

i'm really stunned about the negativity people have posted about these trails. there are technical areas but also areas to rip speed, the drainage is no big deal because getting muddy is part of the game, and the markings aren't going to get you lost because they all eventually spit you out to wherever you left your car. the path is in my backyard so i'm lucky in that i don't have to drive a car there but i promise that all the trails do converge to wherever you're looking to end up. i ride a single speed but opted to go with 29s this year which make the ride easier, as the rock does have a lot of rock and root ( i still even busted my skull yesterday from a deep root hole ), so i'd recommend that, but anyone with 26s can still do plenty of damage. also at the rock there's plenty of diversity for different skill levels, if you're beginner you can seek out the simple stuff and if you're calves are steel there's even a sick 'downhill' area that's wicked fun (up and down). there are definitely some gnarly areas so watch out but they're all pretty conspicuous so there's really no issue there, if you're new, walk it! bum rush ya'll.

Customer Service

MUCH BETTER DIRECTIONS THAN THE MTBR GIVES:
FROM ROUTE 78:
- to exit 33 (if 78E make right after exit ramp, if 78W make left)
- go to end of this road to the light (it changes names several times)
- make a right onto washington valley road and a left onto newmans lane to reach the lot on your left
- OR -
- make a a left onto washington valley road and a right onto chimney rock road and a left into chimney rock park parking lot...follow below directions to get to paths from this lot.

Similar Products Used: MUCH BETTER DIRECTIONS THAN THE MTBR GIVES:
FROM ROUTE 287:
- to 22E to the thompson ave exit
- make your very first right to go over the bridge (over 22) and keep left (you'll soon pass a quarry on the left). now, there's a really tiny spot to park (not paved or anything) that's on your right about a mile after the quarry and you can enter the trails directly across the street OR...
- you're now on chimney rock road, once the road straightens out you can park at the park on your right (can't miss it)...i recommend parking here because you'll get in an optimal amount of riding, to enter the trails you have to exit the lot where you came in and make a right, go about 50 yards and cross the street when you see a wooden fence running along someone's yard, be courteous and stay on the rock path in these people's backyards and be careful on the bridge there as it's kind of uneven, OR...
- go to the top of chimney rock road to the light and make a left.
- you'll pass a church on your left, make a left onto Newman's Lane just after the church.
- you'll go over a bridge and directly after that is the parking lot on your left.
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5
VALUE
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4
Juklano   Downhiller [May 27, 2008]

What can I say... this is what you get for someplace that is cheap (free) and not maintained by any organization. It is extremely dangerous since the trail isn't even groomed and going above 5mph is too fast. Might as well walk down the trail cause this is mountain climbing. I ride regularly at Snowshoe Park in Virginia, Diablo Mountain, and Whistler. I thought it might be a good place to get my bike dialed in but it turned out to be a disaster. There are no trail heads and no signs. If you break a leg or ruin your bike, it is hours of walking. I would not recommend this to anyone since it is in the middle of nowhere and in a reservation.

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1
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3
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