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rancocas woods

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

I HAVE BEEN RIDING THESE TRAILS FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. THERE IS ABOUT 3 OR 4 SEPERATE WAYS INTO THE STATE PARK BEHIND THE RANCOCAS WOODS HOUSING SECTION OF MY TOWN. IT RUNS ALONG THE (GUESS) RANCOCAS CREEK. THERE IS A LOT OF SANDY TRAILS MIXED WITH WOOD TRAILS THROUGH THE STATE PARK. LOTS OF ROOTS,STUMPS AND OTHER NICE THINGS TO FALL OVER. THERE ARE 2 OR 3 SETS OF AWESOME DIRT HILLS ABOUT 40 OR 50 FEET DEEP THAT PEOPLE USE FOR MOTORCROSS BIKES(ILLEGAL) . YOU CAN GET SOME NICE SPEED GOING DOWN AND ITS A CHALLENGE GOING UP. THE TRAILS LEADS TO A FEW CLEARINGS, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CREEK FOR SOME GREAT VIEWS OF THE AREA. ALL OF THE 3 TRAILS INTERSECT AND HAVE BEEN RECENTLY MANICURED BY EITHER THE STATE OR THE COUNTY, I DONT THINK FEMA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. THE BEST TRAIL IS THE ONE CLOSEST TO THE CREEK. IT EMPTIES INTO A NICE ROCKY DROP THEN CURVES AROUND DOWN A NICE SLOPPING HILL. USUALLY SEE DEER AND NOT TO MANY PEOPLE THERE. I THINK THE TRAILS ARE ABOUT 1 TO 2 MILES LONG IF YOU ADDED THEM ALL UP. ITS A GOOD WORK OUT FOR AN OLD MAN LIKE ME.
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Latitude
39.98239810948466
Longitude
-74.8546814918518
Trail Directions
TAKE ROUTE 537 MARNE HIGHWAY TOWARDS MOUNT HOLLY. AT LAST LIGHT IN MOUNT LAUREL MAKE A LEFT YOU WILL SEE A STREET BY THE RANCOCAS WOODS SIGN. BEAR RIGHT GOING TOWARDS THE HOUSES. GO TO FIRST STREET AND MAKE A RIGHT. AT END MAKE A LEFT. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE PARK ON THE RIGHT. THERE IS AN ENTRANCE ABOUT 50 YARDS ON THE RIGHT. CAREFULL BECAUSE THERE ARE A FEW NASTY RUTS WHEN THE TRAIL STARTS. GO LEFT ON THE TRAIL AND THEN FOLLOW IT DOWN THE HILL. IT CURVES LEFT AND THEN YOU GOT IT. HAVE FUN. YOU CCAN ALSO GET TO THE TRAILS OFF OF RANCOCAS BOULEVARD BEHING THE BASEBALL FIELDS.
Trail Length
2 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
mount laurel
Zip/Postal Code
08054
Country
burlington
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Review Date
November 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mrothmel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I started riding this trail system last month when they closed Long Bridge Park for repairs. The best advantage; I can ride with my dog who loves the place. Worst fear, ending up with my head on some bow hunter's mantle. Last week when I rode I saw a deer struggling in a rut. Turns out he was shot by a bow hunter (Legal during November). My dog thought he had discovered a treat for both of us. Took a while to get him to continue the ride.

There is single track starting along Deacon Road across from the house with the handicapped ramp. Follow the carpet to get to the single track along the ridge. There is a point you can either go left or straight. I believe there is a trail connecting the north branch to the south branch of Rancocas Creek but I have not yet found it. I will after deer season. I want to start some blazing. There are some log overs. It is not challenging, but I go for 40 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before work with my dog except during bow season.

Watch out because at high tide you cannot get across the trail that runs across the creek. Another aspect that makes this somewhat interesting. I agree that on weekends you should drive somewhere better, but for a ride before work that you can take your dog with you off leash it is a great way to start your day.

Recommended Route:
Park on Deacon Road across from the house with the handicapped ramp. At the carpet go left. Then bear right along the ridge. Follow the trail to the creek and see how far you can go. keep looking for single track and you will find it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clayton (40 minutes away and much better), Mercer, New Cherry Hill Trail off of Kresson by Springdale; just west of the JCC.



Comments
mrothmel (04/10/2010)
This is an update. I have added some logovers and done some trail maintenance. There is now a loop involving some double back in the opposite direction. There is real potential here as I believe there once was single track along the North Branch that is overgrown. There are swoops and some hills that make this more interesting than I first thought. Still short though. On 4/17 there is a clean up where I hope to talk to someone with authority about additional development of trails.
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Review Date
November 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Joe Quickness ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A small sleeper trail system. Very raw, unmaintained state. Some decent singletack off the sandy dirt roads. Good for big-ring churning if you're nearby but not worth driving any distance for. Local kids enjoy their dirt jumps here and there. Maybe a couple miles of real trails worth connecting together into a ride, but it may take several visits worth of exploring to put the route together. Good for the mental-health or cardio ride that you want to squeeze in when you don't have time to drive someplace with real trails. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

Recommended Route:
Enter at the end of the street that leads directly to the park's dirt road entrance. Ride the "ridge" trail up and to your right. Take that to the end, then head left and follow dirt road to cul-de-sac at water's edge, past the creepy "housing". Look for the trail entrance to the left, ride that out-n-back. Garnish and serve chilled. Don't bother with "Long Bridge Park" down the street. It's a small walking trail, not a real mountain biking park. Good for young kids.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mercer.



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