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Allaire State Park

Average Rating:    (3.97 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 67

Mostly tight single track; hard pack dirt w/ a lot of deep sand (especially in summer). Some nasty climbs + some downhill sections. Not overly technical, but still fun. ***Caution!!! Open to hunters during deer season, except Sundays (October until ???) Trails firm up a bit in winter. Good for beginners and experts alike. Can you say Cardio??? One more thing: Rumour has it, the park may be closed at the end of the year to mtn bikes!!! This is due to some irresponsible riders modifying the trails and locking up their wheels, causing major erosion problems. The close should only be temporary, and re-opened once repairs are made. Volunteer by inquiring at the park's ranger station!!!
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Latitude
40.13702193146012
Longitude
-74.12939071655273
Trail Directions
I-195 to Exit 31 (
Trail Length
10+ (more avail) miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wall
   


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Review Date
September 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: KB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Been to Allaire many, many years now off and on. The Red Trail, opposite the Nature Center bridge past the pond goes off into the woods on a narrow trail. Where it approaches the steps down to the wooden boardwalk, it used to also go down another embankment towards the picnic area. It was a neat trail with a series of boardwalks over steams and wetlands. It got damaged in a flood and was closed but was a great shortcut to the picnic area. You can see a short 5 rail wooden fence on the picnic side where they blocked off the entrance. Been closed for about 20 years now.

Recommended Route:
The new route veers just towards the long boardwalk but is still decent.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Orange trail is decent.



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Review Date
September 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: instigatr ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Awesome place!

Ride as fast as you feel comfortable.

Watch out for other riders, runners, horses coming at you.

BIKERS are making the trails bad? Horse crap in the middle of the trail does not make for good trail etiquite on a multi-user trail.

When you are done, cross Hospital rd. and ride along the SB Parkway in a northernly direction. the best part!



Comments
mtbgiant (03/27/2010)
Hell yea! Always have to do the parkway ride! And horse crap is annoying, but it's more the horse prints in the trails that botther me. 220LB person on a bike or 800LB horse? Which one screws up the trails more?
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Review Date
July 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Sephiroth ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow, why all the hate for Allaire? If you're looking for miles upon miles of steep, technical climbs or downhills, huge jumps, and ten-foot dropoffs, you'll hate this place. What you WILL find here is tons of twisty, curvy singletrack, bridge crossings, a few rooty climbs and descents, and yes, sometimes soft sand (don't whine; man up and power your butt through it). There's nothing that an advanced rider will find overly technical or challenging, but there's enough variety and choices to keep a smile on just about anyone's face. Can sometimes get a bit crowded... but hey... its Jersey.

Recommended Route:
The Orange trail is a four mile loop with singletrack, fire roads, a few climbs... and flowers in the early summer that make you feel like you're riding in a floral tunnel. For more of a challenge, head to the unmarked trail to the right out of the parking lot. A few ups and downs will eventually lead to a hard-packed clay trail along a stream with some bridge crossings and climbs. Watch out for angry, hissing geese.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartshorne.



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Review Date
January 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: RideFREAK ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Yeah this place is great but to everyone on here stop posting about the freeride area thats how everything always gets torn down at every other park in the state. Some one comes online and posts about it then everyone and their brother flocks to the area some one gets hurt then it gets torn down. If you know about the area cool keep it to yourself or pass it by word of mouth. Keep it off the web. And if you dont have the ability to ride it stay off of it. Its one of the last good spots to ride in central jersey so lets preserve this.



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Review Date
October 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jorose ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent track. I’ve been riding it several days a week for a few years after I was turned onto it by some hard core biking friends. Local knowledge is a must to find what everyone is talking about. Love to hear about the reviews slamming it for sand. Get off the horse trails and find the single track for fast technical rollercoaster rides. These are hard to find but once you discover them you’ll fall in love with this place quickly. There are plenty of established single track so please stay off the closed trails. Check out the area across the road (area E ) for long bridges and jumps. There is fast single track along the river and more bridges down at the North Shore area. For a slower twisty technical tight up and down ride Tiger Woods has it all, several miles if you can find it. Most new comers stay on the white, orange or pink trails. These are not what Allaire is all about and they represent only a very small fraction of the single track available. Ride it with someone who knows it or don’t be afraid to explore. Stay away from the power lines to avoid the sand. From the parking lot with your back to the road the flat higher speed section is to your left. The climbs and descents are to your right from the river up. Plenty for all abilities but for advanced and expert you need to learn the area. It will not disappoint you. Once you figure it out you’ll laugh at the people who put it down.

Recommended Route:
Find someone in the parking lot who is a rider and knows the area and then tag along if you can keep up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Highlands areas. More climbing and fast down hill, rockier and a good workout. less diversity than Allaire.



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