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Deer Park

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

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Latitude
40.88821149116756
Longitude
-74.81457710266113
Trail Directions
Go down Deer Park rd......
Trail Length
many different trails
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hackettstown
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Review Date
May 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tom from Rockaway, NJ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode here a few weeks ago and found new fun singletrack near the first parking lot. Enter at the back of the parking lot (used to be a short party trail to nowhere) and explore.
I've been riding here for more than 10-15 years. This place desperately needed new trailage and now I'm stoked to go back.
The trails here are all about flow and speed. The new ones are the exact opposite; but fun and challenging.

Recommended Route:
Drive down Deer Park Rd. and park in the 1st lot. There are 2 trailheads. One I mentioned above, the other is on the other side of the row of trees you park your car in front of. If your new to this park, start here (you'll ride on a small dam to an ice pond). Keep making lefts until you go past the 2 small trails that lead to the Route 80E scenic parking area on your left and then make 2 rights. Follow out to Deer pond and make left. Take a left on the trail straight in front of you after you go over the spillway. At the end of this trail make left onto the main dirt road and make a right after a garage for the park ranger then make any left you see which will eventually lead you back to your car. Total trip -approx 10 miles.
Get a map - They might not be that accurate, but the one I used to use a least got me onto most of the original trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Allamucy -park off Route 517 rather than the rail trail lot near Waterloo. You'd better bring plenty of tools, food and your A-game.
I love this place for the diversity and the endless technical loops.
Check out Mahlon if you haven't done so recently. Several new trails there have made this once again a fun ride.



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Review Date
March 31, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lou_b_83 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail system is on the easy side but is great for newbies. It is well maintained.

Recommended Route:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5280244

This is a good started trail loop. Start in Lot 2, Go down blue, around the lake, left onto red, left onto white, left onto yellow, blue back to the lot. it is about 4 miles. If you want it alittle longer stay on white until you come out next to lot one and then ride the fire road back up to lot 2.



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Review Date
September 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Timekiller ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
In my last review, I was reviewing the Sussex Branch/Allamuchy trails. But the Allamuchy mountain trails along Deer Park are awesome. There are few, but great options for this trail system. You can take a good workout, or you can go blast through trails as fast as you can. There are a few sketchy downhills, but they are wicked fun, and the climbs will really get the blood going! Check out MTBNJ.com for a really good map.

Recommended Route:
It depends on what you are looking to do. If you like climbs/downhills, take the white trail all the way around. Stop at the senic overlook for a break. The trail exit is a bit hard to see, but you'll hear the traffic of Rt. 80 Nice narrow bridges on the white trail going over mud.

If you like a few climbs park in parking lot 1, take the yellow/white trail, split to the white trail, then to the red trail, which turns into the blue trail. You can really blow through the red/blue right off of the white. After you exit the blue trail you will come back out to parking lot 2, get back on the yellow/white trail but stay on the yellow trail when it splits. VERY good climb into a nice cool-down decent. Just watch for the mudpit at the end of the yellow trail. Good Stuff!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
DIABLO!!! @ Mountain Creek, Stephens St. Park.



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Review Date
October 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Trailrider0101 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is ideally suited for intermediate riders but can be enjoyed by all.very fast singletrack,moderate climbs not very much technical sections but enough too keep it interesting.I always have fun riding here.There is probally about 12 miles of trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
mahlon dickerson, allamucy, waywayanda and ringwood



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Review Date
August 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bill-now ,  Weekend Warrior , from Denville, NJ USA

Summary:
It blows me away that a place like this exists five minutes from Interstate 80. The park is about 2+ square miles of area but has enough variety to keep this (50+) rider and his teenage kids amused. A mixture of fire roads and narrow single track. The surface is not too rocky and most of the logs across the trail are jumpable. Seemingly less mud than the local rail trals. Ratings are relative to other NJ trails.

Recommended Route:
Enter the park about 2 miles South of Route 80. Park at the first lot. (I wouldn't recommend the road to the second parking lot in a car). To the right of the porta-john is a fireroad (yellow trail). Take the yellow trail to the white trail. The white trail will pass Deer Park Pond. Now the fun begins! Continue on the white trail until the red trail. Hang a right on the red trail until the yellow trail. Once again, make a right onto the yellow trail back to the lower parking lot. The map available in the lower parking lot seems accurate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paulinskill Rail Trail (Flat as a pancake but scenic and interesting from a railroad history point of view).
Sussex Valley Trail (Also flat and somewhat less scenic).
Kitatinny State Park (Easier th



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