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Thompson Park

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Mainly flat. Few rolling hills. Some trails are easy grass double-track on the outside. And a couple miles of rooty singltrack which is also flat. Not worth a long car trip to ride here, but if you go to college its a fun ride between classes. And somewhere quiet, with little trail traffic.
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Latitude
40.333819659115754
Longitude
-74.1392183303833
Trail Directions
Garden State Parkway to exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 West (Newman Springs Rd.); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 West 2.2 miles to Park (past M.T. Thompson park and Brookdale College entrance ) on left. State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 520 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 520 east to Park entrance.
Trail Length
10 miles or less.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lincroft
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wschruba ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Checked out this park on a slow day. There are a number of paths that can be followed, either paved or natural. The paved paths follow a winding course with a short winding uphill section.

The unpaved trails were definitely not created with the intent of riding a bicycle on them. Two of the three trails are doable without any real difficulty, but the reservoir loop has some parts that just can't be done on a bike, with 150-200% grades and roots aplenty (would depend on which way you go, I suppose, but I digress). Hardpack predominates in the area, but there are some sections with sand-over-hardpack.

Erosion has definitely taken its toll on the Reservoir Loop, there are many roots that intersect the singletrack at odd angles every foot or less, and raised up 4-5 inches. A sheer 10 foot drop to the reservoir occupies one side of the trail, and a 6-7 foot drop occupies the other. Both sides have moderate tree and scrub cover. Trail is a pretty consistent 3 feet across, maybe 1.5 of which is ride-able. The trail drops down to several usable inches at multiple points. Let your tires down to 25 PSI or less if you aren't worries about pinches, and stay away from giant knobs, as the trail itself is hardpack. Hop off the bike if you are ever in doubt, as the margin for error is pretty small, and a fall off the trail one way or another will probably result in broken gear or bones. You are most likely going to encounter hikers/walkers out on the trail, remember to yield, as there really isn't anywhere to step off the path for most of the loop.

The other two loops (the Swamp Loop and the one I can't remember the name of) are fairly easy, maybe 2 of 5, the reservoir is a solid 4 with nice technical aspects (mostly roots, to be honest) to it.

Recommended Route:
Warm up on the paved path, then come back to the trails for some fun.



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Review Date
December 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Anshwa ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pretty much a flat area. It's not really a mountainbiking destination - I've seen more trail runners & hikers when I went there. It is, however, a really great place to introduce your non-outdoorsy friends or family to mtbiking. I went to Thompson Park to ride w/ my 4 yr old son. A lot of the trails we rode on were flat & clean enough that my son was able to ride w/ his training wheels on. Everytime we got to the rough sections, I had to dismount & carry my son's bike. Not really a big deal... As I've said, I'd go there to spend some quality time w/ family or friends. And like the overview above, it would be a good place for a quick ride in between classes if you're studying at Brookdale. I'd say it's also a good "relaxing" ride when you don't want to crank any uphills - pretty much like Manasquan Reservoir.

Recommended Route:
There's a trail that goes around the lake that's a bit technical w/ lots of roots & off cambers. Pretty fun stuff. Everything else seems flat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Allaire, Harthshorne, Clayton, Manasquan Reservoir



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