Deer Park

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General Information

Deer Park, also known as the Allamuchy Natural Area, is located in Hackettstown, Warren County and comprises the southern half of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. The park encompasses almost 2,440 acres, south of Interstate 80 and contains approximately 20 miles of trails. .

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40.914561, -74.81366 Mountain Villa School parking area Parking for this area is behind an elementary school, located just south of Route 80 on 517. This parking area is located at the north end of Deer Park and provides access on the White Trail. Directions

40.887921, -74.814155 Lot 1 Main parking area This is the first and general parking area for Deer Park. Port-a-John located here Directions

40.893618, -74.803414 Lot 2 Overflow parking area This lot is located beyond the main parking area. Follow Deer Park road. There is a gate blocking access to the lake. Parking is on the right side. Directions

40.909594, -74.773452 Waterloo Concert Field parking area This lot is located off Waterloo Road and provides access to the Orange Trail (across street from parking area). Directions

Details and Info

Miles: 10
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Trails: Singletrack, Fire Road
Surface Dirt (Hardpack, Loose Hardpack, Mud)
Obstacles: Trail Obstacles, Water Crossing
Special Features: Boardwalks
Detailed Overview: Although it is considered the least challenging of the Allamuchy parks, Deer park should not be taken lightly. There just happens to be 50% fewer rocks here then it's northern cousin. The trail system offers mostly single track with a few fire roads thrown in for good measure.
Park Website: New Jersey DEP Parks & Forestry

Trails

Trail Name Blaze Distance Description
Deer Path Trail White 6.6 miles The main trail in Deer Park. It consists of mostly single track and some double track. It is not overly technical but has a few spots where you'll need to be able to ride a bike. There are a couple good downhills as well as the famed plank crossing.
Birch Trail Yellow .6 miles Traditionally an entry point if planning on riding the White loop clockwise. Quick singletrack with the occasional rock garden and twisty thrown in. Junctions with the White trail, or continues in a loop which connects between the first and second parking areas.
Barberry Trail Red .8 miles A short length of trail connecting the White with Deer Park Pond. Riding this trail has two entirely different flavors, depending on direction of travel. If you're looking for an early exit from the White trail (traveling clockwise), you will find a generally flowy and very quick downhill through almost the entirety of the trail. Count on lots of smaller, stable rocks which are easily navigable. If entering the Red via Lake View Trail en route to the white, expect a somewhat grueling climb from start to finish, on par with some of the steeper climbs found on the White loop.
Lake View Trail Blue 1.7 miles A relatively flat trail with gradual uphill and downhill gradation. Hardpack gravel with little in the way of obstacles, roots and rocks.
Waterloo North Orange .9 miles This is a connection to Stephens State Park that ends on Waterloo Road. Depending on whether you are heading to or from Deer Park, you will get a completely different taste of this trail. Heading from Deer Park you are treated to a .9 mile downhill, mildly technical in spots with a couple rock gardens and a stream crossing for good measure. Heading to Deer Park it is the exact opposite.
Waterloo South Green .5 miles This is a connection to Stephens State Park that ends on Waterloo Road. Depending on whether you are heading to or from Deer Park, you will get a completely different taste of this trail. Heading from Deer Park you are treated to a .5 mile downhill, mildly technical in spots.

Routes

Mount Villa School Loop: GPS Link via rider Daily_Minefield
White Trail Loop: GPS Link via rider Utah Joe
Complete Park Tour GPS Link via rider mattybfat

Reviews

Although it is considered the least challenging of the Allamuchy parks, Deer park should not be taken lightly. There just happens to be 50% fewer rocks here then it's northern cousin. The trail system offers mostly single track with a few fire roads thrown in for good measure. To get your heart pumping, you are greeted with a solid 1/2 mile climb into the park via the White Trail. The park consists mostly of flowy singletrack with some fire road.

Discussion, Events, and JORBA

Forum: MTBNJ discussion on Deer Park
JORBA Contact: Steve Filipponi

Bike Shop(s) and Good Eats

Marty’s - Hacketstown
156 Main St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Leaving Deer Park Road, make a left and head south on 517 into Hackettstown. Marty’s Bike is located at the intersection/light for 517 and 46.


Panther Pub
RTE 517 PANTHER VALLEY MALL
Allamuchy, NJ 07820
Leaving Deer Park, make a right and head north on 517. The pub is located on the left at Panther Valley (in with 7-Eleven).


Enzo's Pizzeria
903 High Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Leaving Deer Park, make a left onto 517 and head south towards Hackettstown. Enzo's is on the right side, across the street from M&M Mars.


Bea McNally’s
109 Grand Ave
Hackettstown, NJ
Food Style - Authentic Irish Pub offering Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips and Guinness Beef Stew. American favorites as well.
Leaving Deer Park Road, make a left and head south on 517 into Hackettstown. At the light for 517 and 46, continue straight onto Grand Ave. Bea McNally’s is on the left across from the post office.

Maps

JORBA Trail Map Link: High Resolution PDF

Videos

Deer Park Snow Ride courtesy of rider pxs231
Allamuchy: Deer Park courtesy of rider JMartz

Pictures