Sourland Mountain Preserve
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Elevation: +255/252 ft
Total: 67 riders
Mountain Biking Sourland Mountain Preserve
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#112 of 129 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#8021 in the world
Sourland Mountain Preserve, a 2870 acre park, is located in Hillsborough. The riding here can be
described very easily; extremely challenging. The Sourlands are not for the beginner rider. The
trails are incredibly rocky and slippery. People either ride at the Sourlands once and never go
back, or they become addicted to the challenge and ride there all the time. Be prepared to
spend a lot of time walking your bike or at least dabbing your foot every few feet. Be sure to
climb up the Pipeline for a lung busting aerobic challenge, just see if you can make it up without
stopping. The Sourlands become very muddy and slippery after a rainstorm, so please practice
responsible trail use. The Sourland Mountain Preserve trails were built, and are maintained to be
hiking trails, but from my experience on them, I would not recomend hiking it unless you want a
twisted, or even broken ankle/wrist, or even arm/leg. It has happened many many times. Once
again, this is not a place for new or intermediate riders, yet it can be extremely fun, if a very
challenging ride is your cup of tea!
NOTE: It has been said by many professional and expert riders that this is the most difficult trail
to ride in NJ. Basically, if you can survive on this trail then you can survive on any trail in NJ.
Access to this park is gained by East Mountain Road in Hillsborough.
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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
Sourlands Mountain Preserve
East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
From Route 287 Southbound:
Follow Route 287 South to Exit 17 (Somerville/Routes 202/206 South). When the highwa**plit,
take Route 206 South. Follow the Route 206 South directions.
From 287 Northbound:
Follow Route 287 North to Route 22 West. Follow the Route 22 directions below.
From Route 22 Westbound:
Follow Route 22 to Routes 202/206 South. When the highwa**plit take Route 206 South. Follow
directions from Route 206 South.
From Route 22 Eastbound:
After Milltown Road in Bridgewater, take the next exit off of Route 22 eastbound, onto Route 28
East. After 2 miles, Route 28 will intersect Route 206 South. Follow directions from Route 206
From 206 Southbound:
Follow Route 206 through Somerville and Hillsborough - approximately six miles from the
Somerville Circle to Route 514 which is Amwell Road. Make a right turn onto Amwell Road and
proceed two miles to East Mountain Road. Turn left onto East Mountain Road. Travel for one mile,
and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the right.
From 206 Northbound:
Follow Route 206 through Princeton and Montgomery. Traveling up a small ramp, make a left
onto Route 601. Follow Route 601 for a half mile, and make a right turn onto East Mountain Road
by Carrier Foundation. Travel for one mile, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve
entrance sign on the left.
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