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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +107/133 ft
Total: 56 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rancocas State Park - Westampton

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#33 of 129 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
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Rancocas State forest is split into three areas separated by the Rancocas Creek. One area is in Mount Laurel, one in Hainesport, and the third (best area imho) in Westampton. The site is not being completely cooperative and even trying to get help from admins has proven ineffective. The problem is the whole park is split among three towns and those three sections are separate of each other with a impassable creek between them. The best trail system in my opinion are those found in Westampton. This site defaults to showing GPS data for Hainesport. Bring up the Westampton GPS data for a decent loop through various colored trails. The pictures show the map for the Westampton trail system as well.

The trail system is comprised of mostly singletrack. You'll find some downed logs to jump or ride over. Plenty of root covered paths. Most of the trails are perfectly clear while others are a little overgrown. The green trail has a Strava segment which is fun to blast through. It can be found by following the singletrack path to the right of the main gate on Powhatan Drive. When the path splits, stay to the right. The paths are easily identifiable by painted markings on the trees. If nature is your thing you'll come across plenty of squirrels, deer, streams, clearings, wild flowers, and views of the creek. I'd definitely rate these trails as beginner to intermediate depending on how fast you want to rip through them.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From Rt. 295, take exit 45 towards Mount Holly. Go through the first light where Hampton Behavioral Health Center is. After you pass the Westampton Police station be prepared to turn right. Turn right onto Powhatan Indian Reservation Dr. (if using GPS because I'm not sure if the road actually has a road sign anymore). The road will head back to a gate. You can park here. Further down Rancocas Rd. there is another area to park. You can look for a sign for the Rancocas Nature Center. The Hainesport loop has entrances off Deacon Rd. and Rancocas Rd. which are set back off Rt. 541.
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  • rnagy
    ***

    Short, some obstacles, beginner for sure. Winter ride, can't imagine the condition the summer

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  • zmodica
    *****

    (update 11/5)
    lots of new trees down everywheres...will really interrupt your flow...still a great ride tho

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  • zmodica
    *****

    Just a reminder for new riders...its hunting season..throw on some bright colors and share the forest..no hunting on sundays

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  • Andyhipple
    ****

    Lots of options, both wide gravel and twisting singletrack. Some log obstacles and hills, usually the trails are empty of another traffic, so freedom to hit trails with speed. Can be very buggy and swarms of mosquitoes.

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  • Areone
    ****

    Went out yesterday and mother nature decided to rain on my parade. Green is starting to get overgrown like every year and the tics are out in force already. Picked up three.

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  • Hank Alspach
    ****

    I was here over 10 years ago, and I don't remember this many trails, or the trails being of the quality that they are today. If I'm wrong, correct me--but something really good has happened here. The trails are fun, lots of punchy ups and downs as you get closer to Rancocas Creek. Green trail, Yellow trail and Brown trail have a lot of personality. More consistent than the Hainesport side--maybe better--maybe not. Just different. Rooty in low lying areas, no rocks. A few bridges. Fun! Do it twice for a higher mileage option.

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  • Hank Alspach
    Reviewing Rancocas Woods:
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    The 4 stars are to be taken in context: In an area without a lot of trails, it's pretty damn good. Start at the end of Deacon Road and follow the blue trail. Take it to the orange, then to a dirt road. Make a right, go almost to the houses ahead and sprint left up onto a 15-20 ft. ridge. Take a left onto the green trail. Beautiful singletrack following the ridge. At the end, take red back to the beginning of blue.
    Blue starts as a sandy jeep road and turns into dirt singletrack as it follows the creek. Some roots in lower lying areas. Punchy little rollers all the way through. No rocks, and many types of dirt are represented. Lots of blowdowns after recent storms. not sure who is in charge of removing them, but they are very slow. Still worth it for a quick ride. Do 2 loops if you need miles.

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  • zmodica
    *****

    Someone went and put cut logs in the trenches near the downed tree on the green trail. Thank you very much. Good job.

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  • zmodica
    *****

    Just a friendly reminder, hunting is now allowed in the park Monday through Saturday. No hunting on Sunday. Throw on some bright colors, share the forest

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  • zmodica
    *****

    go around towards the stream, its not that difficult to push the bike there. i let the ranger know the trees were down

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  • zmodica
    *****

    after a 2 month absence due to a work injury i returned to my favorite trails only to find the biggest damn tree ever down across the green trail and no way to go around it..good luck, that trail is dead

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  • zmodica
    *****

    ive been asked by the rangers and the nature center to pass the word to not ride on the blue trail and board walk,,they want them to be for hiking only..they put up a sign and will add more soon

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  • Areone
    *****

    Hey again. Saw it today. Yea it's definitely from a controlled burn. Sucks that they ripped right through a few parts of green but if we ride that berm enough or just cut through it, we can get it back to normal. They did it to the other fields too. I actually rode them just to get some extra pedaling in for the day.

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  • zmodica
    *****

    not sure how to reply so ill put it here and hope you see it...its a foot wide and 4 inches deep and circles that entire field that the green trail goes by..i think the fire dept did it when they did a control burn (youll see it)...ill post a pic..we ride the same trails, we should roll together HMU ahaicup@gmail.com

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  • Areone
    *****

    hey, Zmodica. I will be riding the Mount Laurel side of RSF today but I was curious. What kind of trench? Does it actually cut through green somehow? I ran into some hiker back there who did not like cyclists. He was in the midst of destroying a logover. He didn't have the balls to say much to me when I passed him but was laying into my fiance when she did. After she and I started back on our way and he ran away, I saw he had had been busy throwing logs across the trail on white down near the bridge and had dismantled some other stuff. I had cleared the crap he threw all over white but now we all have to be careful of some lunatic that thinks he owns the trails. Fwiw, NJ State website explicitly states bikes are allowed back there.

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  • Mystrymaster
    Reviewing Rancocas Woods:
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    Went on this my wife and two kids (10-13) and we had a blast - the main trail is rather easy and some of the connecting trails provided just enough difficulty to challenge us each in their own way with some being simple for the adults and others being to challenging for the kids. We will come back again. Ran into two groups of hikers who were great with us coming through and when we came out one of the trails in the neighborhood in the back the gentleman who live there guided us back to another entrance no problem.

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  • zmodica
    *****

    I'm here on November 19th. And some jerk-off has ripped the map off of the wall at the trailhead. So if you're coming save a copy of the map to your phone for first timers.

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  • zmodica
    *****

    just came off the trail..park at the gate and find the green trail for a nice technical ride. Its a little over grown but it adds to the difficulty. It spills into the white trail which is sorta beginnerish but a real nice ride.Really liked this park, will be riding often.
    Will have to limit to sundays only after 9/12 because hunting season will be open

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