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Mountain Biking Areas near Princeton, NJ


Whenever mountain biking make sure that you are properly equipped including a helmet, water, extra tubes and repair kit, bike tools, etc. Also be aware of other people using the trail--hikers, folks on horesback, etc. By treating the land and others properly, we can all enjoy the trails.

New Jersey

  • ETS in Princeton - 13 minutes from campus, trails on property
  • D&R Canal - long flat dirt trail extends north from Princeton. Can also be ridden along Delaware River near Scudder's Falls and north (flat gravel)
  • Mercer County Park - has a range of trails of different degrees of difficulty
  • Washington Crossing State Park - good for getting started.


  • Top of Camelback Mountain - good old roads. Must take topo maps. Easy but cannot be done in one day. Park in the overflow parking area for the ski area.
  • Snow Hill - old roads, very old roads. Must use topo maps. Most of the area is state forest.
  • Lehigh Gorge State Park from White Haven, to Jim Thorpe, PA - The old railroad grade runs along the river for about 30 miles. Mostly flat gravel.
  • Tobyhanna - record good. Public hunting lands. Old logging roads, single trackcross-country ski trails. Nothing marked. One twin cable stream crossing. Topo maps a must. Easy to get lost. Not super hard. Not too hilly.


  • The Mountain Biker's Guide to Central Appalachia by Joe Surkiewicz, Menasha Ridge Press, ISBN: 1-56044-198-4. Covers New York, Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and West Virginia.