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Beginner BikePacking Trip: Columbia Trail July 13-14, 2013

When: July 13th-14thcolumbia600

Who: Anyone, including beginners

Distance: 30 Miles total Saturday, Sunday Optional Mileage

Join us on a gentle journey on the Columbia Trail in Hunderton County, NJ July 13-14. We’ll be taking it easy on this one! We’re car camping (you don’t have to carry your own gear) and hitting some trail restaurants as well as taverns.

If you plan on attending, please email bean@bikepacking.us for more information. Your hosts, Bean and Mudge are here to help you with any questions you’ll need answered.

Even though we are car camping, you’ll still need all the camp gear such as tents, sleeping bag, etc. Food is optional if you would like to bring it. Otherwise, we’ll be hitting the towns for grub!

Here are the fine print details from Annie:

Shove off 10 am from Voorhees State Park:

251 County Road Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/voorhees.html

Campground Map:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/voorhees_camping_high.pdf

Columbia Trail Info:
http://www.nynjtc.org/park/columbia-trail

Bike from trail start to end (approx 16 miles) then head back… about 3-4 miles back, in Long Valley, NJ stop at Long Valley Pub and Brewery, 1 Fairmount Road, Long Valley, NJ (make a left off the trail onto Route 24/Schooley’s Mountain Road) for lunch and drinks (should hit there around 1 pm), they have outdoor dining:

http://www.restaurantvillageatlongvalley.com/rest_home.php?restid=1

If running early, maybe branch off to Patriots Path for a few miles (branches off south after N-4 Bridges Road and before Elizabeth Lane or branches off north a bit further after Naughright Road and before Fairview Ave) or Gillette Trail (branches off south after Fairview Ave) before hitting Long Valley on way back.

There is also a bike shop nearby:

http://cyclecraft.com/

After lunch, head back to Voorhees State Park, check in, set up camp, etc. – 2 group sites available (minimum of 7 people, up to 50) for $3 per person.  Single sites available – 6 people and 2 vehicles per site ($20).  There is an observatory at the park, open to the public from 8:30 to 10:30 pm:

http://www.njaa.org/observatory.html

Sunday – Pack up cars, then Open Day for cycling/hiking, swimming, or fishing at Spruce Run Recreation Area, which is 5 miles away from Voorhees State Park:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/spruce.html

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