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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +461/477 ft
Total: 75 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kittatiny Valley State Park

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#17 of 110 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#1418 in the world

With over 8 miles of rugged mountain bike trails available, Kittatinny Valley State Park is a favorite of many hard-core mountain bikers. Volunteers from the Bulldog Mountain Bike Team regularly maintain trails in preparation for mountain bike races held in the park each year. The terrain is varied enough to be challenging to both novice and expert riders.

Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are features of Kittatinny Valley State Park. Lake Aeroflex and Gardner’s Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating. This scenic property is home to a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, beaver, muskrats, and squirrels.

Hunting, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding are popular activities. The four lakes offer fishing, boating, and kayaking opportunities.

The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are former railroads that have been converted for use as multiple use trails. Both railroads were critical to the development of Sussex County through the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The wide cinder surface is ideal for walking, running, mountain biking, and horseback riding. When snow conditions are abundant, these trails provide and excellent opportunity for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You might even see a musher and his dogsled team running down the trail!

First added by billjr@saabcountry.com on May 4, 2020. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
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To the park office: From Route 80, take Route 206 north approximately 8 miles through Andover Borough. Turn right onto Goodale Road and follow it approx.
1 mile to the park entrance on the right.
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  • rcamejo
    *****

    The White Trail provided enough of a challenge for a fun afternoon. The trail is not very technical, but it does narrow in spots and is rocky and full of high roots. It circles a beautiful lake. The trail was in great condition on 6/9/18. I saw one other rider, a group of three hiking and plenty of deer ! Overall, great experience. Other trails in the park, such as the black trail offer a much more technical riding experience.

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  • William Fleischer
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    Damp humid day, lots of slippery rocks, climbing was little tough because of the stones placement. Down hills was nice, but after the climb, not as rewarding as I like. Rode to the needle, 3 down trees to carry over while on the climb, not good. Trails were so so maintained.

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  • JamieLombardo
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    I rate these trails a 5 because while they arent as technical as others, its fun to be able to bring riders of many skill levels together and have a great time here. Its a beautiful place to ride, we usually ride here every week, often with my daughter on the seat on the fat bike. Other riders in the park are friendly and fun to ride with.

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  • ****

    Fun and fast trails, not much up and downs here compared to the allamuchy north. Rock gardens in some spots but otherwise mostly hard packed dirt. There are some unblazed trails that are fun right of the the double treck. White trail hugs the lake and there are some nice spots where you can stop and enjoy the views. I guess most of it can be designated as technical cross country riding.

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  • asmtb
    *****

    Such a fun place to ride! I am a beginner and some stuff was a bit challenging but overall I was able to do pretty much everything we tried except for a few rocky climbs on the blue trail. Like another review said it's pretty hard to get lost since you end up at Sussex branch pretty often. Not crowded, a few hikers here and there all friendly. I would compare it to 6 mile run in terms of difficulty. Definitely going back this week.

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  • TrailManVin
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    This is such a fun place to ride! Tons of versatility. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails seem to blend together seamlessly. No worries about getting lost either, most trails are in between sussex branch and lake aeroflex. Great place to train or have fun, picnic, watch airplanes, or even race friends. Not nearly as difficult or big as allamuchy, stephens or deer park.

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  • roadandmud
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    We should have waited for the snow and ice to melt before our first ride at Kittatiny Valley State park. With that said, this is a nice place. As of 3-16-2014 the parts of the trail under direct sunlight were fun and fine to ride. Most trails however were covered with ice and some frozen snow. There were a few groups of people ice fishing on the lake. From what we saw we all agreed to try this place again when the snow and ice is gone. Even with the snow and ice it was worth the 65 mile drive. I posted a few videos so you can see a sample of the trails.

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  • Sickboy82

    This place is just fun and fast! My fav is to go to the tower and then take the trail on the left, getting to the tower will kill your legs. I made it up once and wanted to sleep

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  • Phillychris498
    *****

    Really liked this place. I covered the 8-10 miles of trails in about 2 and a half hours with some repetition. The singletrack can be tough if you delve into the park enough. The best of the singletrack here is found off of the doubletrack. I had a great ride here.

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  • ***

    Real nice place with great scenary. Trails are pretty flowy over all. not much for downhill more on crosscountry side. Trails are not too hard either.

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  • xcracer297
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    Rode here for the first time in 2011 for the bulldog rump race and had some fun but not as much as the others. this year (2012) i was planning on doing the time trial so i went to pre ride the day before. i finished in about an hour and rode everything else in another hour. the trails are fun for a nice recovery ride but it is very small. if i lived closer to it i would go more often but it is not worth an hour long drive to me.

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