Mountain Biking in New Jersey – The Rock Garden State

Mountain Biking in New Jersey – The Rock Garden State

CORRECTION: In the video I referred to “JORBA” with an N, instead of a J. That’s what happens when you’re up late editing.

Coming from New York, I’ve always had mixed feelings about New Jersey. Mention its name, and I used to think of angry drivers sipping 20oz RedBulls, cutting each other off in their BMW’s. Although this assessment is 100% correct, it doesn’t quite paint the entire picture. Venture off the beaten path, and you’ll see why New Jersey has been dubbed, “The Garden State”. In the foothills of the Appalachians, lies a mountain bike trail system only minutes from New York City.

I drove to Ringwood on Saturday morning to meet with locals, Dave, Bob, Al, and Brian.

Al was in charge of leading the ride and keeping us safe. If you ever wondered why full suspension fat bikes even exist, look no further than Ringwood. We headed out towards Skyland’s Ridge, and I got a taste of what North Jersey terrain is like. There were plenty of features to stop at, on and off the trail. I was having a great time with my new friends, and really liking what New Jersey had to offer.

The Release 3 I’m riding was lent to me by my friends at Diamondback, who by now understand the implications of lending me a bicycle. I was feeling really good on the release, and getting terrible ideas.

This fallen tree was clearly not part of the trail.

Riding with locals is definitely the way to go. Having never ridden here, holding Al’s wheel was challenging. He shouted out the turns and features up ahead which ended up being really helpful. If I had gone by myself, I would have missed out on a lot of cool stuff. Luckily I was able to find Dave on, checking into the trail.

A few more miles of pure rock garden and we were back in the parking lot. Al offered to take us on another outing through the New White Line, but he seemed to be the only one crazy enough to do that after the exhausting ride we were just on. I couldn’t say no, so off we went for round 2. This route started off with pure climbing.

Al paced himself, nonchalantly pedaling a sustained climb for what seemed like 40 minutes straight. I followed far behind, slowly making my way up. When we were finally done pedaling, it was clear that all that climbing would be well worth it. We had over 15 minutes of downhill switchbacks ahead of us, complete with big freaking rocks everywhere.

According to JORBA, the New White Line took 3 years to build by hand. Since then, people all over the Northeast have been checking into Ringwood, to brave the rock gardens of the garden state.

On just a few hours of sleep I had ridden over 12 miles and climbed around 1500 feet. 12 miles doesn’t seem like a lot, but this wasn’t on sand or gravel. Riding this place gives your upper body just as much of a workout as your legs. This type of singletrack isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s most definitely not for beginners. With so many trails getting dumbed down and smoothed out, it’s refreshing to see what JORBA is doing here. So thanks JORBA, thanks to my new friends in Ringwood, and thanks to Diamondback for lending me this sweet bike.

Oh yeah, and thanks for riding with me today, I’ll see you next time.

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  1. demonslayer 96 on July 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Hey Seth, is the ROCKRIDER 520S a good bike ?

  2. Carlos Duarte on July 4, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Love how the guy in the white SUV cutting people off had NY plates.

  3. Declan Koch on July 4, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I live in NJ, and there are so many beautiful MTN bike trails! you should check it out more.

  4. rickthebananajr on July 4, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I live in NJ and have similar trails with similar levels of difficulty, and I ride an old steel rigid, that has a very wobbly back tire, barely working brakes, and sucky shifting, but i have so much fun and I usually can ride more obstacles than my friends. Even though the trails are very hard, i grew up with them, so most of the time I have little difficulty riding them.

  5. nick the car guy on July 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Try mountain biking in the pine lands in Nj. Just so you know you will need a fat bike with the amount of sand.

  6. Robi Flego on July 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This is the kind of terain I ride everyday, a bit more rocky, and if not rocky, than very rootie… Can’t find a nice flow track around unfortunately

  7. Grace Cushing on July 4, 2019 at 10:17 pm


  8. Cryptic Mars on July 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I live in NJ seth and I am a new sub too!

  9. Louis Fidalgo on July 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I live in New Jersey

  10. Kolby Peterson on July 4, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I like the part at about 2:15 when the local ask Seth if he’s with him. Seth’s tire is practically touching his tire lol

  11. Only Afterhours on July 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    noice! im not to far from there. once i build my 2 new rigs, 1 dh whip, and another free-ride +_+ trail bike (but, more leaning towards freeride regarding the travel.). i want the trail / fr bike to be flexible around corners, but beefy enough to attempt dh trails if need be, and deff be able to hit 15 foot drops and such. i truly can’t wait to ride again, it’s been a damn near 8 years or no solid riding. -sigh,… *SOON*

  12. Maine Trout Whisperer on July 4, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Reminds me a lot of the trails up here in Maine

  13. B Marcel on July 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Please what’s the jazz music title/artist? thank you.

  14. Jaden339 on July 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Guess like Seth found my dad XD

  15. Keith Martin on July 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    i love all of your videos and subscribed on every single video aswell

  16. Holiday vloger on July 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Seth come to NZ like if you agree 🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿

  17. DempseyTheDog on July 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    This is the video that put the Diamondback Release aka The Poormans Santa Cruz Bronson on the map.

  18. rascal1234 on July 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    If you liked Ringwood, you should checkout Miller’s Pond on Durham CT.

  19. MedicTiger 28 on July 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I live in nj

  20. Scott Gibson on July 4, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    If your ever back in NY check out Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers, its a small compact area that really rocks, in many ways. Its my go to local ride that never gets old. Take care

  21. Bryan Sai on July 4, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    You should come to west Windsor New Jersey there a park 22 mind away from me Mercer it’s not much but it’s all we have! You should come ride some time!

  22. Rob Whiting on July 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    That 2nd trail looks a lot like a race I pre-rode in about 1991 or so

  23. Jamison 92 on July 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I love the white trail by the way I’m 11 did u know the white trail is only a blue

  24. Miguel Flores on July 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Your from NY ?

  25. Katie Bistrian on July 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    You should go to this bike park in queens baringham park it’s really fun with steep tech, to flowy jump trails. There are 3 jump parks. One pump track, 2 jump trails. There is a few rock rolls and awesome north shore features

  26. Snickers on July 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Hey Seth, I hope you see this. I live in new york to and I want to get into dmb. Where are good places to go,

  27. TATUM WOODS on July 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I gotta get a mountain bike…. such a good rider with a crap bike that is beat up…. but I don’t have the money to get one

  28. Marco Guimaraes on July 4, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    A full suspension fat bike must be unstoppable

  29. Uchiha Amber on July 4, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Scotty cranmer

  30. BANANA PIEMAN on July 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Dave sounds like my dad. Its pretty funny 🙂

  31. PartyPlace 15 on July 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    New Jersians can also make anything a question. (Is that even a word?)

  32. Scott Gibson on July 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Seth, I had to laugh with your feeling towards NJ drives, i moved to Westchester two years ago and I admit NJ suck but NY are right there with them. I used to live in Western Ma and I would go to Killington skiing ever weekend and we would always get cut off my NY or NJ drivers and we would always say, fucken NY, Thankfully I will not be spending to long in NY, its crazy but I have found some very good riding. I think I will have to look this place up and take a ride over the Hudson. Take care

  33. wicked262 on July 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Name of this tune please

  34. L3gendary Wolf on July 4, 2019 at 10:54 pm


  35. mirrorlessNY on July 4, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    wow thats some rough stuff, cool footage

  36. Yuri Boiblu on July 4, 2019 at 10:57 pm


  37. PMY Lawncare on July 4, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Can you go to mountain creek again it was awesome I was their yesterday

  38. M_ White008 on July 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Seth, have you ever been to the Frederick watershed in MD ? The clips you show here look a lot like the "shed" as we call it. Lots of the trails are not marked and its some tough stuff ! If you find yourself in the tristate area check it out! I’m sure you can find some locals to show you around. Rocks, Rocks and more rocks lol.

  39. Aidan _graffiti on July 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    South jersey is just the beach with pine trees

  40. Victor Fuentes on July 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I will like meet you so I can ride with you are one of my favorite YouTuber and I gave you a like to your video.

  41. king cole on July 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I ride at ring wood all the time so fun I ride the white trail

  42. Blastcal on July 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Hey check out Blue Mountain bike park in Pennsylvania .

  43. Mr Die Alot The Real on July 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm


  44. Mucosolvan Retard on July 4, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Its ctm raptor 2016 1.0 good for downhill ?

  45. Thunderbolt on July 4, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Nice video but your playing with fire riding down wet slippery logs.if you fall you got no protection.I don’t ride down hill and stay away from fools that do.We are  not kids anymore sledding down a’s funny seeing grown adult guys acting like kids.Fuck this shit .

  46. Sean Gordon on July 4, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Love this trail, spotted my friend’s trail dog Judy!

  47. Mike R on July 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    The only problem with this video is that New Yorkers are so arrogant they don’t realize how crude rude and reckless they are especially when they are driving. They actually believe NewJersians are what they are!!!

  48. Drew Davies on July 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Plz make a video about what to do when you encounter a bear when mtbing

  49. ColrSchemez HACKED on July 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Would a downhill fat bike be good just thinking about it the fat tires would just be beneficial?

  50. Billy Kettle on July 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Come ride allaire!