rancocas woods - TRAIL

rancocas woods - Trail, mount laurel, Jersey

I HAVE BEEN RIDING THESE TRAILS FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. THERE IS ABOUT 3 OR 4 SEPERATE WAYS INTO THE STATE PARK BEHIND THE RANCOCAS WOODS HOUSING SECTION OF MY TOWN. IT RUNS ALONG THE (GUESS) RANCOCAS CREEK. THERE IS A LOT OF SANDY TRAILS MIXED WITH WOOD TRAILS THROUGH THE STATE PARK. LOTS OF ROOTS,STUMPS AND OTHER NICE THINGS TO FALL OVER. THERE ARE 2 OR 3 SETS OF AWESOME DIRT HILLS ABOUT 40 OR 50 FEET DEEP THAT PEOPLE USE FOR MOTORCROSS BIKES(ILLEGAL) . YOU CAN GET SOME NICE SPEED GOING DOWN AND ITS A CHALLENGE GOING UP. THE TRAILS LEADS TO A FEW CLEARINGS, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CREEK FOR SOME GREAT VIEWS OF THE AREA. ALL OF THE 3 TRAILS INTERSECT AND HAVE BEEN RECENTLY MANICURED BY EITHER THE STATE OR THE COUNTY, I DONT THINK FEMA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. THE BEST TRAIL IS THE ONE CLOSEST TO THE CREEK. IT EMPTIES INTO A NICE ROCKY DROP THEN CURVES AROUND DOWN A NICE SLOPPING HILL. USUALLY SEE DEER AND NOT TO MANY PEOPLE THERE. I THINK THE TRAILS ARE ABOUT 1 TO 2 MILES LONG IF YOU ADDED THEM ALL UP. ITS A GOOD WORK OUT FOR AN OLD MAN LIKE ME.

User Reviews (3)

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snjrider   Weekend Warrior [Feb 28, 2017]

I grew up in the neighborhood that backs up to this section of the forest and spent the majority of my childhood riding bikes and screwing around back in those woods. These days I don't get back there as much because there are better places to ride in the area but I do go back on occasion for nostalgic reasons. The majority of the trails are doubletrack and nothing technical with the exception of one "rocky" descent. There are a couple spots where you can shoot off the side of the doubletrack and into some singletrack but again, nothing technical. The place is a great ride if you're just looking to get some cardio in. There are a few hills you can mess around on where you drop down into a bowl and come back up the other side. All of which had names when we were kids but nothing official. There are numerous places you can park and access the network. Starting from the side down by Marne Highway you come down Rancocas Blvd and make your first right. Drive to the end of the road where it turns left and all the log cabins are. You can park and enter the network from there. That's the one end. There are many entrances further up Rancocas Blvd. There's Spencer's field after the hill on Rancocas Blvd. You can park back there and there are a few entrances to the woods there. (Only area that's a real parking lot). And once last entrance down by the turn on Rancocas Blvd. For the most part all the trails eventually make their way to one centralized area in the woods down by the creek. The review may seem negative but truth be told I love that branch of the Rancocas State Forest and it is a fun ride if you're just out to explore or go for an easy ride. It's a shame because the land back there has potential if there was permission to actually build some singletrack. You'll find areas where the locals have made little segments here and there but nothing continuous.

Customer Service

There really isn't an ideal "route" through these woods. You can kinda make it up as you go along because for the most part, the trails all lead to what I could best describe as a centralized area. So it's a bunch of out and backs to that centralized area if you want to put in miles of riding.

Similar Products Used: Rancocas State Forest in Westampton. Mostly singletrack. More organized network of trails. With a proper route can get around 6 miles of decent trail.
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mrothmel   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2009]

I started riding this trail system last month when they closed Long Bridge Park for repairs. The best advantage; I can ride with my dog who loves the place. Worst fear, ending up with my head on some bow hunter's mantle. Last week when I rode I saw a deer struggling in a rut. Turns out he was shot by a bow hunter (Legal during November). My dog thought he had discovered a treat for both of us. Took a while to get him to continue the ride.

There is single track starting along Deacon Road across from the house with the handicapped ramp. Follow the carpet to get to the single track along the ridge. There is a point you can either go left or straight. I believe there is a trail connecting the north branch to the south branch of Rancocas Creek but I have not yet found it. I will after deer season. I want to start some blazing. There are some log overs. It is not challenging, but I go for 40 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before work with my dog except during bow season.

Watch out because at high tide you cannot get across the trail that runs across the creek. Another aspect that makes this somewhat interesting. I agree that on weekends you should drive somewhere better, but for a ride before work that you can take your dog with you off leash it is a great way to start your day.

Customer Service

Park on Deacon Road across from the house with the handicapped ramp. At the carpet go left. Then bear right along the ridge. Follow the trail to the creek and see how far you can go. keep looking for single track and you will find it.

Similar Products Used: Clayton (40 minutes away and much better), Mercer, New Cherry Hill Trail off of Kresson by Springdale; just west of the JCC.
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Doug   Downhiller [Sep 28, 2007]

The hills will catch you by suprise and there is plenty of sand and obstacles to deal with. You have to watch out for the occasional walker/hiker, and may have to avoid the local deer populas. It is easy to spend a couple hours checking out the trails. The thorn bushes are a tire killer and at times hard to avoid.

Customer Service

The above directions are not quite accurate. The last light in Mt. Laurel is at Creek Road & Rancocas Blvd. Regarless of how you turn off of Marne Highway you will face a Y in the road. Stay to the right, this is Rancocas Blvd. Approx. 1/4 mile or so down on right you will see a cement pillar. This starts the trail. If you miss this continue to Spencer Field which is also on the right. Enter the park and follow the stone driveway to the back of the park. You cannot miss the trail entrance from here. There are other entrances all along the rear of the park

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Joe Quickness   Cross Country Rider [Nov 11, 2005]

A small sleeper trail system. Very raw, unmaintained state. Some decent singletack off the sandy dirt roads. Good for big-ring churning if you're nearby but not worth driving any distance for. Local kids enjoy their dirt jumps here and there. Maybe a couple miles of real trails worth connecting together into a ride, but it may take several visits worth of exploring to put the route together. Good for the mental-health or cardio ride that you want to squeeze in when you don't have time to drive someplace with real trails. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

Customer Service

Enter at the end of the street that leads directly to the park's dirt road entrance. Ride the "ridge" trail up and to your right. Take that to the end, then head left and follow dirt road to cul-de-sac at water's edge, past the creepy "housing". Look for the trail entrance to the left, ride that out-n-back. Garnish and serve chilled. Don't bother with "Long Bridge Park" down the street. It's a small walking trail, not a real mountain biking park. Good for young kids.

Similar Products Used: Mercer.
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