Great Rides New Jersey – Bike Rides for Everyone

Rail trails and coastal roads, bike parks and back roads: New Jersey cycling has it all.

With a 16th-place rank as a bicycle friendly state from the League of American Bicyclists — plus one silver town (Princeton) and five bronzes (Hoboken and Ocean City among them), the Garden State is a solid place to get your wheels rolling. Start on one of 54 rail trails, including the 72-mile Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail, which follows a towpath past 19th-century bridges and cobblestone spillways. Or discover the best of NJ’s natural beauty in the lush gorge of the Columbia Trail. Roadies love the Palisades, across from NYC, and the coastal roads along the Cape May Shoreline.

Mountain biking runs the gamut, from the lift-served expert terrain (chunks and chutes) at Mountain Creek Bike Park to the 102-trail network at Ringwood State Park to the flat, sand-packed (and mostly unmarked) routes at Allaire State Park. The New Jersey chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association is especially active, with mountain bike races, camps, and clinics for kids in middle school and up.

Gravel rides are mostly rural, along scenic back roads. The forested Pine Barrens area and the countryside around Wharton, Tuckahoe, and Bedminster are all good places to start. Need a group tour? Sign up for the springtime Hell of Hunterdon, a mixed-surface ride in the Sourland region.

New Jersey has several active and welcoming bike clubs, including the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, which puts on the annual Ramapo Rally, a 1,000-person ride for members and nonmembers alike. It’s just one of dozens of cycling events in the region from February (the Sourland Semi-Classic) to October (Giro del Vino). Feeling gutsy? Mountain Creek hosts regular downhill comps.

Round Valley Ride

Distance: 57.9 mi
Elevation: +/- 2899 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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Green Village Ride

Distance: 26.3 mi
Elevation: +/- 784 ft

Summit, NJ

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Summit Warren Figure 8

Distance: 25.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 1339 ft

Summit, NJ

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Brewery Loop

Distance: 54.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 3697 ft

Summit, NJ

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Tewksbury Out and Back

Distance: 44.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 2831 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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Circle the Swamp

Distance: 21.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 900 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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Ranger Station Out and Back

Distance: 20.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 1269 ft

Edgewater, NJ

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Jockey Hollow Loop

Distance: 30.1 mi
Elevation: +/- 1730 ft

Summit, NJ

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Mountain Creek Resort

Distance: 42 mi
200 NJ-94
Vernon Township, NJ 07462

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Allaire State Park

Distance: 84 mi
4265 Atlantic Ave
Wall Township, NJ 07727

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Ringwood State Park

Distance: 73 mi
1304 Sloatsburg Rd
Ringwood, NJ 07456

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Stephens State Park Area of Allamuchy

Distance: 48 mi
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Chimney Rock-Washington Valley Park

Distance: 19 mi
Washington Valley Park
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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Lewis Morris County Park

Distance: 11 mi
270 Mendham Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960

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Wildcat Ridge WMA

Distance: 27 mi
Rockaway Township, NJ

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Rutgers Ecological Preserve

Distance: 5 mi
83 Rockafeller Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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Garrett Mountain Reservation Loop

Distance: 5 mi
Elevation: +/- 485 ft

Clifton, NJ

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Ride in the Swamp

Distance: 6.5 mi
Elevation: +/- 67 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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Around Oradell Reservoir

Distance: 11.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 382 ft

Closter, NJ

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Reservation Loop

Distance: 8.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 732 ft

Mountainside, NJ

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Fun Ride

Distance: 4.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 167 ft

Chatham Township, NJ

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Stirling River Ride

Distance: 11.8 mi
Elevation: +/- 419 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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Zoo Loop

Distance: 7.9 mi
Elevation: +/- 305 ft

Paramus, NJ

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Bernard's Ride

Distance: 13.4 mi
Elevation: +/- 633 ft

Long Hill Township, NJ

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