January 8, 2018
Camden County College, or CCC, is a top rated place to MTB ride in southern New Jersey. It's well located, about 10 minutes from the Walt Whitman Bridge or from I-295, and adjacent to the RT 42 freeway. The trails are VERY well maintained, and great for riders of all ability levels. The park has a small footprint, but has over 10 miles of trials.
Though it is easy to get turned around in the park, you are never more than a few hundred yards from a road. You can hear traffic, and you can also see breaks in the tree lines, the college's campus, and a large radio tower for visual landmarks. Having a local ride with you a few times is the best way to learn this park as the trials are very close together.
The park is favorite to locals as it drains water VERY well and is one of the few places to ride that rarely get's muddy. There are a few features like elevated crossings, log overs, and short punchy climbs, but the park is known for it's fast flowy turns.
Please keep in mind the CCC is private property and is owned by the college. Please be respectful, do not ride on grass or on the athletic fields. Most riders meet in the "Gloucester Township Park" in Lot #7. There are regular rides on Monday nights (usually around 6pm, bring 2 lights), and a beginners ride on Saturday mornings. There is facebook page (search for "Camden County Riders") to ask questions, post pictures, or meet up with friends.
CCC is also the home of the "Challenger Mountain Bike Race" www.challengermtb.com since 2017. The race draws well over 350 racers from 7 states, and is growing each year.