Ringwood State Park

The official mountain bike loop of Ringwood State Park.

Also in New Jersey, United States of America

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
11 km
Ascent
248 m
Descent
248 m
Low Point
189 m
High Point
277 m
Gradient
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Ringwood State Park Map

Description

Ringwood State Park is home to New Jersey's most intricate trail network. Designed and maintained by JORBA, this renowned ~7-mile mountain biking loop serves as one of the staple rides in the area.

This loop originates at the Shepherd Lake Recreation Area. You begin with a short ride along the 10-mile-long Ringwood-Ramapo Trail that dissects the state park. Most rides in this area will incorporate some stretch of the trail, and on occasion, some riders will make their way as far as Sterling Forest.

According to Wikipedia, the historic Shepherd Lake that serves as the trailhead "...also operated as a ski area during the 1960s and included a rope tow and double chairlift. Hiking to the top of the hill will reveal the top station and bullwheel of the chairlift."

What makes this network particularly popular is the diversity of terrain that can be found. You will find everything from old doubletrack to double black diamonds. Ringwood showcases the best of New Jersey's wild, rock-strewn terrain. Punchy climbs are paired with flow and chunder, and ridgeline traverses often give way to partial views towards Manhattan.

As a disclaimer, the extensive trail network can make it difficult to navigate at times. Should you need it, a detailed map of the park can be found here:

https://www.nynjtc.org/sites/default/files/NYNJTCRingwood2015-WebsiteMap.pdf

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RingwoodStatePark https://www.nynjtc.org/sites/default/files/NYNJTCRingwood2015-WebsiteMap.pdf

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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