Some friends and I recently went on a road trip to the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in Windham, NY. Before we became spectators though, we made a few stops along the way.
Our first stop was Waywayanda State Park in Hewitt, NJ. It is a beautiful locale sitting on the border of New York state. We arrived, checked in, and made our way to one of only 3 or 4 campsites in the entire park. This felt odd to us considering the large footprint of the park.
There were no other campers while we were there, but there was some foot traffic including a young black bear that walked by our camp while we were setting up. He didn’t seem the least bit interested in us and went along as slowly and casuallly as he arrived. That was the first of 4 bears that we saw over the next 24 hours.
After setting up camp and eating lunch, we set out to explore the trails for a few hours. Here is a trail map of the park. It’s an oddly concocted layout, but it doesn’t detract from the fun. There is a great mix of fire roads and singletrack, most of it very rocky. In fact, rocks pretty much became the theme for the next few days of riding.
JB’s in-laws live in nearby Warwick, NY, and his bro-in-law met us back at camp after work. We went back out for a couple more hours and he showed us some additional treats the park had to offer, including the “land bridge” (actually, rock, surprise) and the Sitting Bear trail which was our rocky return along the lake. One flat tire and one broken chain toward the end of our ride found a couple of us limping back to camp with the setting sun behind us.
If you are in the area or passing by, I highly recommend checking out what Waywayanda has to offer. If memory serves, my favorite trails of the day included Pickle and Rattlesanke.
Enjoy some pics below and stay tuned for the next part of our adventure. Next up: Jungle Habitat.