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CLAYTON PARK

Average Rating:    (3.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 46

FAST NON ROCKY TWISTY TURNY UP & DOWN SINGLE TRACK W/ SOME LOGS KIND OF LIKE A SMALL MERCER W/ SOME HILLS----WORTH THE RIDE,LOTS OF FUN! GREAT SUMMER OR WINTER
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Latitude
40.16004994380636
Longitude
-74.50198173522949
Trail Directions
TURNPIKE TO X 7A 195 E TO IMLAYSTOWN,RIGHT OFF EXIT GO TO END ZIG ZAG A QUICK LEFT THAN RIGHT,TAKE THROUGH TOWN,GO PASSED NEW HOMES ON LEFT AND HORSE FARM ON RIGHT THAN MAKE NEXT LEFT ABOUT A 1/4 MILE ON LEFT INTO A GRAVEL PARKING LOT,TRAIL HEAD NEXT TO PORT-O-JOHN
Trail Length
7 mile LOOPS
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
IMLAYSTOWN
   


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Review Date
December 23, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: copa1226 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great place to get a hard workout over a short period of time. A lot of climbs and several being quite long. Easy to get to either by car or we occasionally ride there as the scenic roads around the park are very rural within minimal traffic. Expect a lot of roots! Since I live in the area, I am there at least once a week and highly recommend Clayton if your time is limited and a quick (challenging) ride is needed. Very hard to get lost inside this park since the trials are well marked. Parks Department does a great job and keeping the trials clear of fallen trees.



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Review Date
October 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: geoffss ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the few trails I have ridden out here on the East Coast where you can ride your bike at speed. It has been a while since I have been able to feel how my bike handles over 10mph. I dont think there were any rocks, there was an abundance of roots, but they were shallow in the ground so rarely did I need to hop over anything in my way. The dirt is soft and loamy, sandy, and appears to drain well. I was able to really lean through corners without sliding, and have traction for the short uphill grunts.

Sadly, I was able to ride all of the trails in a little over 1 hour without backtracking too much. Lots of fun, but it was over too quickly.

It is a really fun trail system, with decent trail markings and good maps, but it leaves a lot to be desired if you wanted a long ride.

-Not very aerobically challenging, there were people on townie bikes riding through the trails.

-Not very technical, again, townie bikes.

-But, it was a lot of fun to ride fast and really rip around.

Recommended Route:
I went from the parking lot onto the Glen trail, turned right onto the Bridges trail, and then just took every turn to the right through Old Forge, Doctor's Creek, and all the way out to the North West Corner of the park, and then doubled back and ended up riding all the trails.

It seemed that by turnng right and going through the outer trails in a counter-clockwise motion that I hit the most consistent downhill, flow and jump.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I wouldn't drive more than 45 minutes to ride this place. You have to make sure your ride is at least longer than the time it takes to drive there.



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Review Date
January 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ziggurat22 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been riding Clayton with my friends since 1995 and while it's not the biggest place to ride or the most technical, it's always been a good place to hammer. It's a nice little slice of swoopy singletrack. You have a few climbs, some log piles, but virtually no rocks. If you stay left on the trails, you can get 6-7 miles out of a loop. It's fun workout and a great place to ride in winter. While most other trails are mired in mud for months at a time, Clayton drains well and can be ridden just a day or two after rain. It's also a great place to ride for beginner and novice riders.

Like any trail that gets used heavily, there is some erosion, so ride smart. While this a nice little shake-down type of place, I wouldn't ride it that often unless you live close as the lack of mileage and technical features can make it kind of dull to ride regularly, especially if you have to drive a bit to get there and/or if you're a more advanced rider.

Recommended Route:
Mostly the Doctor's Trail, but the loop I take starts at the parking lot, through the fields. Take the trail and stay left the whole time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mercer is the next closest, followed by Allaire.



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Review Date
December 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: xcmountainbiker90 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this place is great i try to go to clayton at least every weekend or every other. the trails are well maintained some obsicales and there is also a bombing down trail its fun.

Recommended Route:
bridges tril and doctors trail . but do every loop at least once

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hartshorne



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Review Date
October 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rutkiller ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
After reading so many great reviews about this park, I figured I would give it a shot. I drove about 35 minutes to get there from Cherry Hill, NJ. The park is really easy to find, as it is just about 2-3 miles off of -195, and there are plenty of signs along the way.

I believe I rode all of the trails at Clayton in about 2 hours. The park was very easy to navigate, as the trails are well marked and there is a map available at the parking lot. Essentially, there are a handful of trails, which intertwine to form various loops. If you "stay left" at each trail intersection, you can form a nice 4-5 mile loop. I found all of the trails to be very nicely maintained. This park consists of nice tight singletrack. It is fairly level, however, there are some gradual "hills" which make for a nice quick downhill, or a moderate climb. 95% of the trails are hardpack, with very little sand and/or loose soil. I didn't encounter any rocks whatsoever, and there are very few roots. You can move along at a nice pace through this entire park, although some of the climbs will be a bit challenging for beginners. I personally found myself walking one of the climbs as my rear tire was spinning on all of the fallen leaves and I just couldn't find a grip. Although it isn't as big as some of the other nearby parks, I had a blast at this park. There's a little something for everyone here.

Recommended Route:
Park at the lot on Emily's Hill Rd. Once in the parking lot, take the trail to the far left (if you're looking at the woods), and follow it through the farm fields for a few hundred yards. You'll eventually wind into the woods, and if you stay left at each trail intersection, you'll form a nice 4-5 mile loop. I was skeptical about the "stay left" loop, but it actually did work. Just stay left and follow Doctor's Creek trail.



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