Directions to Club Rides
Below are the directions to ride starting points. Specific directions to monthly meeting locations are found on the Meetings page. Besides Brookdale Community College, we meet for remote road rides and mountain bike rides at NJ State and Monmouth County parks. Click the destination name for the map link.
Special Parking Note: The Saturday morning road rides from Allaire will normally start from the visitors' parking lot, except - A L E R T - between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, when we will meet at the equestrian parking lot on Atlantic Avenue, next to the entrance to the Spring Meadow Country Club . The reason is that the State charges $5 per car for inside parking between those dates. The equestrian lot is right on the Manasquan bike path, and when we are using this lot, we can ride the bike path into the visitors' parking lot to use the facilities. We may then cycle out of, or into the main entrance if we wish, without paying a fee.
MTB Rides at Cheesequake State Park: Easy to Hard. The fire roads are an easy warm-up. The multipurpose trail is probably the most technical trail that we ride.
Chimney Rock is a small network of rugged intermediate trails that has been given the name "the rock" by some locals. Like its central Jersey counterpart, Six Mile Run, this park does not drain well, so it should be avoided after heavy rains. There are assorted climbs, rocks, logs, and roots; very few "easy" miles. In 2009 a Technical Trail Feature was installed on the blue loop. If you are limited on time, it is best to park in the Newman's Lane lot and do loops of the red & blue trails, and maybe the white trail, time-permitting. This gives you a good cross section of what the park has to offer. You will get a well marked loop on both sides of the road with some light climbs, and the TTF (Technical Trail Feature) along the blue trail.
MTB Rides at Clayton Park: Intermediate. It's similar to Tatum Park with its nice sweeping down hill runs and some twisting, turning trails with ups and downs. However, you will find more roots and logs than at Tatum (i.e., no hybrids at Clayton). Good introduction to technical riding.
MTB Rides at Hartshorne Woods Park: Intermediate to Hard (Not for beginners!). This is the best Monmouth County has to offer. Start with some smooth, but steep, climbing then face many other challenges from logs to technical hills. You can test your true mountain bike mettle in this park. We meet at one of 3 parking lots: Claypit Creek, Rocky Point or Buttermilk Valley.
MTB Rides on the Henry Hudson Trail: Easy. This trail is paved for 9 miles (running just north of and parallel to Rt 36, crossing many quiet neighborhood roads) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at intersection of Lloyd Rd and Clark St to the Middletown/Atlantic Highlands border at N Leonard Ave.
No Mountain Biking in this park (although Ramanessin at the south is an exception - see park map). We generally meet in this popular Monmouth County park for some road rides.
ALTERNATE ROUTE: Garden State Parkway to Exit 109. Southbound, turn left onto Rt 520 and take jug handle for Half Mile Rd; northbound, go straight at exit. Follow Half Mile Rd to end. Turn right at traffic light onto East Front St. Follow East Front St to Hubbard Ave. Turn left onto Hubbard Ave and follow (.6 mile) to Navesink River Rd. Turn right onto Navesink River Rd and continue 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Brown's Dock Rd. Park entrance is at top of hill on right.
MTB Rides at Huber Woods Park: Intermediate. Small, easier loops can be done starting in the parking area. But, Many Log Run is as challenging as the name sounds. ***Group mountain biking at Huber Woods has been temporarily suspended by the Monmouth County Park System***
Keyport - From Exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway, take Rte 36 South. In 0.7 miles turn right onto Main St, then a sharp left onto Broad St. Take Broad Street across Rte 36. In 1.0 miles the road makes a sharp left hand bend, and becomes American Legion Dr. Parking area is ahead on the right.
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From the south, take Route 9 North to the East Freehold Road jug-handle. The jug-handle ends at Pond Road, where you need to make a right. Go about 0.9 miles, and the entrance to the park is on your left.
From the north, take Route 9 South to Craig Road / East Freehold Road. Make a left (heading east, across Route 9), and make a quick right onto Pond Road. Go about 0.9 miles, and the entrance to the park is on your left.
MTB Rides at Lake Topanemus Park: Easy to Intermediate. This is a relatively small park, with two different types of trails on two separate sides to the park, separated by Lake Topanemus. On the north side of the lake, there are wide packed-cinder trails, perfect for hybrid riding and great for families. Once again, this is a relatively small park, and you can cover all of the cinder-packed trails in a relatively short period of time.
On the south side of the lake is some recently developed single-track with nearly a dozen logs to help you brush up on your technical skills. Those who wish to stay on the cinder-packed trails (and avoid the single-track) can do so.
Lewis Morris Park is a small-medium sized park with nicely constructed micro gravel paths, yet many sections with an overabundance of roots. Plenty of steep, short climbing, but nothing sustained. The high quality of the trails makes the descending fast and fun, especially the last half of the yellow trail going clockwise. Every year Marty's Reliable Cycle hosts an H2H race here, the Lewis Morris Challenge. It is also home to the Mountain Man Biathalon.
Across Route 24 is Patriot's Path, which offers some extended miles and the Gilligan's Island Loop. This is beginner level in terms of technical riding, but even experts can enjoy themselves since keeping race pace on all the hills is quite a challenge.
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At the traffic light at Ryan Rd, make a Left. Cross Rt. 9 (becomes Symmes), then make first Left into Target/Wegmans Parking Lot. Go straight back (toward the Home Goods store). After passing Target and before reaching Wegmans, park on the right (see map).
MTB Rides at Manasquan Reservoir: Easy. Ride (run or walk) the wide, rolling 5 mile path around the reservoir. This is perfect hybrid riding and great for families. Also, some of our road rides start here.
For spectacular mountain scenery, this 17-mile loop may qualify as one of the best on the East Coast. The carriage roads gently switchback up the mountain face, revealing grander views of the surrounding mountains and lakes at each turn. From Castle Point, the nearly 360-degree view is breathtaking, as mountain ridges recede in the distance in all directions. the scenery never lets up. Good news: You don't need to be super-fit to enjoy this ride. Although there are some long climbs, most of the riding is on six-foot-wide converted carriage roads with gentle grades. Bring endurance, not technical riding ability. The trails are well maintained and heavily used. There is a $6 per car entrance fee on weekends and holidays.
NOTE: We typically only make this trip is there are enough people interesting in going. Trips to the park are sometimes cancelled due to weather, so watch your email before heading out. For those that don't mountain bike, you are welcome to hike. There are some beautiful hiking trails in the park. We typically get together for lunch after riding/hiking.
Beautiful scenery and very technical trails.
MTB Rides at Shark River Park: Easy, if you avoid or walk a couple tricky spots. This park is our newest local spot for mountain biking. This is a small park, easy to explore, hard to get lost. But, watch signs to avoid the trails reserved for foot traffic only. Check your tires after riding this park, as there are lots of briars/thorns.
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MTB Rides at Tatum Park: Easy, if you can make it up the hills (walking is allowed). This park has plenty of hills and can test the stamina of the best riders. However, a confident hybrid rider can conquer these non-technical trails.
MTB Rides at Thompson Park, Lincroft: Easy and Intermediate. Most of our ride at Thompson Park is on dirt roads and paths, and around the edges of fields. However, we always like to attempt the 1 mile of technical single-track (many roots) along the water. Hybrids may better enjoy this ride by taking an alternate route when some of the group goes through the technical area.
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