Hartshorne Woods Park

4.29 out of 5
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↑ 3,000 ft
↓ 3,000 ft
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Trail Description
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Approx. 9 miles of trail. Difficulty ranges from beginner to very experienced. Difficult singletrack ascents and descents as well as easier, wider trails. One long downhill near the trailhead with crazy lips. Very fun! It has it all. From the adrenaline pumping riding to the beautiful scenery of the Navesink River.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Can you drive off road bike -Guest

A: If you mean ride a mountain bike...yes

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Reviews (28)


March 1, 2019
Review: I'll be honest with you- when we headed out to these trails at the Jersey Shore, we weren't expecting much. Sure the reviews on Singletracks were great, but the last few times we were in the Atlantic Highlands, we were racing the NJBA time trial at Sandy Hook, and it was flat, always windy as hell and sand everywhere we looked. So we figured we were just in for another Eastern New Jersey experience. If you're using 195 to reach these trails, you'll drive right past Clayton and Allaire, so once again, we expected more of the same. We were pleasantly surprised. These trails are freaking great. There are a few loops and they are pretty well marked. Stay off of the greens as they are for hikers. The blues are doubletrack and kindof just a way to get to the blacks. On the blue trail from the rocky point parking lot, there is a little jump skills area that's a good warm up before you get to the blacks. Once you get there you'll find some of the best flow in New Jersey. Extended downs and short rooty ups make for some awesome riding. The scenery is great too. The trails wind down along the Navasink River overlook. We couldn't use the drone out there on the trails, but we were able to send Dobby up to get this awesome 360 view from way above the trees. You can see the river and then Sandy Hook and the Ocean is off in the distance. Part of the history of this park was that it was a military bunker used during the cold war for missile defense. All of the technology has been removed since then though. They say these trails drain well after it rains, and there are a few sandy areas, but they were infrequent. We give this place a huge unexpected thumbs up. Literally the only complaint we had is that there are a lot of hikers and people walking their dogs out there- even on Rocky point, which is a black diamond. We didn't see any horses, but there were places where hoof prints were evident. So- if you're headed down the Jersey Shore to check out Allaire and you don't mind a little climbing for your coasters - you might want to drive 20 minutes farther and ride these trails at Hartshorne instead.


November 16, 2018
rmap01 Singletrack  
Review: Hartshorne is a fun and fairly challenging trail system. There are 4 main trails and each offers a different set of challenges. If you park at Buttermilk you start climbing Cuesta Ridge. It's a doubletrack trail which has a pretty tough climb right out of the gate. The grade can get fairly steep and sandy in sections - and are often eroded by heavy rains - but the climbs are short in duration. At the end of Cuesta you can hook up with Rocky Point. RP is a fun section where you can let it rip. There are several areas with some optional logovers and the trail is equally fun to take in reverse. At either end of RP you can hook up with Grand Tour. This is another section where you can let it rip with plenty of roots and some short punchy climbs. On the final leg, take the Laurel Ridge trail. It's a fairly wide trail but you'll still have to be on your game. The climbs can be tough especially when the trails turn sandy. The same applies to the descents which offer a ton of fun provided you don't slide out. When you get to the last descent it's time to let loose. The water bars are set up like stairs so you can 'fly'. As you slide your way through the sandy turn at the bottom you'll find yourself back at the beginning. That's when it's time to refuel and do it again!

Granny Gear

February 19, 2018
rnagy Granny Gear  
Review: Challenging downhills and difficult uphills. Very muddy at the time of my ride. I gotta to believe it would have been even better if it was dry.

Granny Gear

August 17, 2017
Review: This trail system was worth the drive out. I stuck mostly to the diamonds and was treated with some technical climbs and some descents.
90 minutes blew by so quick it was fun.

Granny Gear

June 21, 2017
Review: Great ride great scenery


March 3, 2017
Review: Fun ride. Some challenging downhill bits, and a few nasty short climbs that have me hurtin, but definitely a must see trail network. Awesome summer ride being so close to the shore. Take a swim on hot days in the river.

Granny Gear

September 5, 2016
dekline71 Granny Gear  
Review: Good central NJ park with jumps and such along the fireroad. Some climbs and descents but nothin too crazy. There are few good views and historic sections on the bunkers that protected NY during WW2. Great for a different ride than allaire or clayton. Would def come back a few times to ride again.

Similar Trail: allaire, Clayton


August 27, 2016
Review: Not really a review but I'm looking to find people to ride with. If interested please let me know. Thanks.


August 25, 2016
Review: Didn't ride the actual trails. Rode along the water for a fast workout. Lots of ascents and great scenery. Nice way to get off the trails for a ride and push yourself.


June 18, 2016
Radar84 Gramcounter  
Review: My favorite trial in nj so far. You can find challenging climbs as nice down hills.

Drains extremely well

Hartshorne Woods Park MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 28 ratings. 28 user reviews.
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