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I was reading an old issue of mountain bike quarterly. 1-10-05 They listed the 50 best trails in america. Listed below are the trails. Who has been Out side the lines? (NJ) How was it ? List any place you feel they overlooked. If there is an old thread like this let me know.
AL= OAK MTN ST PARK
AK= RESURRECTION PASS TRAIL
AR= WOMBLE TRAIL
AZ=BELL ROCK
CA= BIG BOULDER
CO= DURANGO
CT= CASE MTN
DE=BEAVER VALLEY
FL=RAZORBACK TRAIL
HI=KULANI FORREST
GA=BULL MTN
ID=FISHER CREEK LOOP
NV=THE FLUME TRAIL
NC=PISGAH
IL=PALOS FORREST PRESERVE
IN=KNOBSTONE TRAIL
NY=SHINDAGIN HOLLOW
IA=SUGAR BOTTOM RECREATION AREA
KS=LAKE CLINTON BIKE TRAIL
KY=SAL HOLLOW MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
LA=MONKEY TRAIL
MA=LYNN WOODS
ME=SUGARLOAF
OR=MCKENZIE RIVER TRAIL
PA= TWIN PEAKS
MD=PATAPSCO VALLEY ST PK
MI=BOYNE MTN
MN=LUTSEN MTNS RESORTS
VT=KINGDOM TRAILS
MS=LITTLE COLORADO
MO=LANDAHI PK
MT=GRASSY MTN LOOP
NH=RED TAIL TRAIL
NJ= RINGWOOD ST PK
NB= PLATTE RIVER
ND=MAAH DAAH HEY
WA=ANGEL'S STAIRCASE
OH=LAKE HOPE ST PK
OK=TURKEY MTN
RI=LINCOLN WOODS
NM= OTERO
SC=KILLER TREE
SD=CENTENNIAL TRAIL
TX=PALO DURO CANYON
UT=PORCUPINE RIM
TN=OCOEE CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST
VA=DOUTHAT ST PK
WV=SLATYFORK TRAIL SYSTEM
WI=CABLE CLUSTER
WY=BLACK CANYON

Sorry they are not in abc order that is how the book list them pic are shown for the parks out of order. :D
 

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The only place on that list that I have been to is MD=PATAPSCO VALLEY ST PK. I occasionally travel to a place a few miles from there for work, and I usually bring my bike. But the place I rode is at the western edge of the park - McKenzie Area. It is a pretty lame section based on the pictures and reviews of the sections of Patapsco closer to Baltimore.

I'm a dull guy. If I had exciting stories to tell about all the great places I travel too, then you wouldn't have had to ask a second time...
 

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Besides Ringwood, I've been to: Case mt(CT-years ago), Pisgah(NC), Sugarloaf (MN)Lynn Woods (MA), Kingdom Trails (VT, this past May), Lincoln Woods(RI), and Slatyfork (WV).
Notice the running theme of East Coast! :D

All were at very different times in my life, but riding is always worth it.

Lincoln Woods, RI for example, my wife was opening a new store for the company she works for, I took a couple days off and stayed rent free at one of those suite-type hotels, and rode several places in rhode island, including lincoln woods. Wouldn't have thought to make the trip except for this reason (and also getting to hang out with my wife and her work friends in providence, see some art, etc).

Kingdom Trails in Vermont was a 7 hour trip, 3 couples, our wives hung at the condo while we rode. A long weekend is needed to really enjoy it, and for me, staying in a condo is key too. Awesome trails, looking forward to going back again. Probably my favorite on the list, simply because all the rest were at least 7 plus years ago, save RI which was 4 or 5.
 

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What's the deal with Jim Thorpe

I took the wife there last year for the fall foliage festival. I took the bike on the rail to trail that the LBC ran shuttles to. The books I read on that place talked of many great trails(some closed) but I did not see them. I got a contact from a LBC rider in case of a team trip to explore open trails. :cool:
 

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CO= FRUITA (which if memory serves me right, was mentioned as an alternate "best of" colorado)
NC=PISGAH (Unlimited rocky singletrack)
MA=LYNN WOODS (Slickrock capital of Massachussets)
MD=PATAPSCO VALLEY ST PK (Super fast and grippy singletrack)
VT=KINGDOM TRAILS (Unlimited rolling singletrack)
VA=DOUTHAT ST PK (Long climbs and even longer downhills)

I don't know if ANY of these qualify to be the best riding in their respective states, but they are without a doubt some of the best times I've ever had there, and I've never been to any of them and been disappointed. I'm looking forward to knocking off NY, RI, CT, SC, and DE on the East Coast in 2006, and who the hell knows out west.

If any of you guys are ever down for 2, 3, or 4-day weekend roadtrips, let me know. NJ's got some great trail systems, but if I just rode here all the time, I think I wouldn've quit riding long ago.
 
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