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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +305/264 ft
Total: 116 riders
 

Mountain Biking Gloucester County College Trail

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#23 of 111 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#1,385 in the world

Tight, winding singletrack with plenty of roots, logs, bridges, and stream crossings.

First added by jlpXC on Jul 31, 2005. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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http://www.gccnj.edu/gen_info/directions.cfm

Directions can be found on the website for the college. The easiest entrance might be beside the daycare center.

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Rider questions

Q: Where is the trail head located?
A: Rowan Collage ,Tanyard Road, Deptford,N.j.

Q: What is the address?
A: Gloucester County College, Tanyard Rd, Deptford,NJ.

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  • joenap
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    Not a bad trail but a lot of thorns and roots. Some new single track being cut back there. Will stay a good trail if it doesn't get overgrown.

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  • ProNoob
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    New to the sport but not to riding. Perfect spot for someone with intermediate skills to grow. Lot's of work on a hardtail through thick rooted sections but I impressed myself a few times. Also stepped off and walked a few spots. One tree has fallen into a foot bridge that can be walked but not ridden. I stayed away from that side of the trails. Been pretty steady this summer with afternoon storms but the conditions were good. Could spend hours dissecting each section of trail.

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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter
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    Just rode here yesterday as part of the D&Q Summer Sizzler Race (and with 100 degree temps it was a sizzler!) Located at the Rowan University campus in Sewell. The race trail was spec'ed at 5.5m per lap which, given the small size of the area, probably comprised 90% of the available singletrack. Trails were in excellent condition and flow fairly well. There are some short punchy climbs which make for a good ride, especially at speed. Great place for novice riders to learn and practice clearing small obstacles or for advanced riders to really push the pace into some fairly tight corners. Not a destination, per se, but if you're in the area this is nice alternative to the Camden County College trails.

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  • redserpente
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    This is a windy and rooty trail that follows a large 9 mile loop all the way around. There are some sections on the inside where shortcuts can be taken. There are some small jumps and a couple tall bridge crossings, as well as several short but steep climbs and descents in one of the sections. Overall a fairly enjoyable ride, as long as you don't mind going over a bunch of roots for half of the ride.

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  • JessicaGreenRides
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    Flowing fun and fast !! Lots of fast climbs and I really enjoyed the back side fast up and down section.

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  • Runmicharun
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    Good tough trails. Steep hills and rooty.
    Lots of fun.

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  • bgick

    Did the GCC trails today. Glad to say they are back to normal, and all the trees that were down are all out of the way, after last years terrible storm. Didn't think they were ever going to be reopening these trails after I saw the devastation from last years storm, there were so many trees down, and right across the trails. Kudos to all of those who helped clear all the trees from the trails.

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  • skosteski
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    My son and I took to the trail and had a great time. The leaves do make some spots a little difficult to see this time of year (November) but it was a nice beginner/intermediate trail. There are plenty of side trails to get some better roots or hills but still reasonable for us since we are new to the sport.

    Note, watch for some folks walking their dogs on the trails

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  • Obakst
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    Some nice sections... Lots of down trees I'm guessing from the storms we had this summer. Some areas clear, many still covered. Looks like bull dozers are clearing sections? Not sure what's up here... Pretty noisy since it is up against RT 55 also.

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  • Brian Lipski
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    First time here. As others mentioned, lots of roots, and some trees blocking a few sections of trail.

    Nice mix of really twisty sections and longer straights. A few nice downhills. Some good climbs for a workout.

    Like nopardaid mentions below in his review, the teeter-totter feature is finicky. My first time on one. Worked the first three times I went over it, fourth time I ate it hard when the edge of the teeter section got caught under the approach ramp.

    Some sections of trail are hard to identify.

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  • nopardaid
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    What an absolutely fun system. Very roller coasterish, not really any downhill but it rides quick, challenging and lots of length. Bravo to JORBA for maintaining this. There are several nice wooden bridges and crossovers. There is a teeter totter on the backside but make sure you check it before you ride it, it got stuck under the approach platform, never came down and I went flying. I also noticed some farming wire coming right across the track at shin height. Once again I had trouble finding exactly where the trail heads are. Park at GCC and ride towards parking lot f, once you see the entry road that leads to lot f look right there for a cut in to the woods. Lower your back tire pressure a bit, moist roots made it really sketchy. You should definitely ride this!

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  • danl123
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    Great place to ride a lot of roots

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  • jim180
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    First time here and had a LOT of fun on this trail. Lots of roots as everyone has said, and some trees down today blocking a few trails. But they were right on top of it and I saw some crews clearing the downed trees while I was out there. Would definitely go back!

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  • fretter34
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    I've been to GCC a few times. Overall, it is really nice. It doesn't drain well at all, which can be frustrating. Very rooty in some sections. Also, very tight roller coaster sections....almost to tight. Personally, not my favorite place. Not bad though.

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  • trexj31
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    I also am just getting back into MTB after a ten plus year absence and decided to bike here the other day and try out my new bike on the trails. Upon arrival I started into the trails right by the security building at the front of campus and rode back into the woods, I was pretty disappointed to find many wide trails with freshly laid wood chips and not a whole lot going on. I quickly rode a loop and came back out and stumbled upon a posted map at the trail head. I sat there and studied it a bit and then headed back into the woods, this time making a few different turns towards the trails leading to rt 55. This time the outcome was better, the trails weren't marked really well but I still managed to ride for a while without back tracking on the same trails, there were some bridges, man made log climbs and jumps, and also a man made teter toter. There was a million and one roots as other reviews posted which at times seemed as though it could shake a tooth loose, some decent climbs and few fast hill rides down. Over all a good time, not the same as the Connecticut riding I'm used to over all a good maiden voyage on my new bike. Being as its close to home, I will ride and explore these trails more.

    If anyone gets the chance to ride Connecticut, check out the Trumbull trail! It's killer, so much to do, you can ride all day and never hit the same trail twice. If its a hot day, there is a section I used to jump in the river to cool off. Great ride!!!

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  • ****

    I've been away from MTB for about ten years and this is one of the first trails I have been back on. Overall; its fun, and is a pretty good workout. Trails are well kept and have some cool man made obstacles. There are nonstop roots, so set your rebound on the slow side. I will be visiting here frequently.

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  • teedawg
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    From out of town and had a blast on these trails. Good mix of obstacles and kept me busy for over an hour. I would recommend this trail to others.

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  • Raptor85
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    One of my favorite rides in South Jersey. Intermediate-Advanced trails, but possible for beginners to take the next step. Loop style trails circle around the back side of the college and along Highway 55. Lots of dips, bumps, shutes, climbs, DH's to keep most people happy. Good workout as well. Expect a ride around the whole place to be about 1-2 hours depending on your level.

    The only concern, as stated, are the amount of roots here. Running hard tires and stiff suspensions will take it's toll on you quickly. Full suspension bikes do very well here for that reason, but not needed.

    Great ride for anyone driving up to an 1-1.5 hours for this one. Can also hit Cere's, Camden County College all in same day if driving from further. All 3 trails are within about 20 minutes of each other.

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  • mschrenk
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    This is my after work ride. Although the other posters are correct, my back starts hurting as soon as I drives towards the trail. The roots are ridiculous. If that could be taken care of the loop is only about 6 miles but has some challenges. Nothing crazy but it is good to keep you in shape.

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  • njsoccerguy
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    Nice quick ride, nothing too crazy but technical enough to keep you interested. One word of caution.....ROOTS! They are everywhere.

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