LOCAL RIDES IN SUSSEX CO.
RIDE Bike Shop is located near some of the best mountain, road and gravel bike rides in Sussex County, North NJ. Here are some of our favorite rides you can do locally or even from our shop!
KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
Located 1 mile north of RIDE Bike Shop up the Sussex Branch Trail, Kittatinny Valley State Park has some of the best mountain bike trails in North NJ. The park is 5656 acres and a 3-mile segment of the 20-mile Sussex Branch rail trail passes through the park, in addition to an extensive network of 11 blazed trails within the park.
STEPHENS & ALLAMUCHY MOUNTAIN
Located just a few miles south of RIDE Bike Shop's Andover location Allamuchy Mountain and Stephens State Parks include 9,600 acres in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. Allamuchy Mountain State Park lies mainly on the uplands, rising to over 1,100 feet, while Stephens lies in the valley below, along the Musconetcong River. More than 36 miles of amazing mountain biking on old roads and trails connect these sites.
The section of Allamuchy Mountain State Park north of Route 80 is generally more rugged, offering challenges for seasoned hikers and mountain bikers. Besides the maze of park-blazed trails throughout, the Sussex Branch Trail crosses the ridge from its southern entrance off Waterloo Road near Jefferson Lake, to where it exits the park at Cranberry Lake and continues north to Newton.
SUSSEX COUNTY RAILS TO TRAILS
The Sussex County Rails to Trails system is great for beginner, adventure, hybrid and gravel bike riding. Built on abandoned railroad beds with a packed cinder base you can go long distances with no more than a 2% grade and little to no technical features. RIDE Bike Shop is located right across the street from one of the Sussex Branch Trail heads and provides rental bikes for the trails.
Directly from the shop you can access the Sussex Branch Trail and the Paulinskill Valley Trail. More trails are being developed in this network.
Sussex Branch Trail Facts:
Trail End Points: 200 yards South of Newton-Andover Township Boundary on NE corner of Newton, to Frankford Township boundary on SN corner of Branchville Boro.
Trail Length: 20 miles
Trail Category. Rail-Trail
Trail Surfaces: Gravel Ballast, Grass, Dirt, Cinder
Paulinskill Valley Trail Facts:
Trail End Points. Sparta Junction, Sussex County to Brugler Rd., Knowlton Township
Counties: Sussex, Warren
Trail Length: 27 miles
Trail Category: Rail-Trail
Trail Surfaces: Ballast, Dirt, Cinder
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