Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Jersey Highlands
I too have been on these "trails".... That are basically in my back yard.
Years ago these trails were township roads. Most of the people were removed from thier homes when the Government was going to build Tocks Island. Once the people were gone, the houses were removed. And the roads abandoned. They are now unmaintained, overgrown, and washed out.
Some of these roads/trails have no access signs on them. Others do not.
There is no definitive answer on the legality of riding those "trails".
In my opinion..... Having caravans of jeeps driving out there and asking the rangers if its legal is going to destroy the whole thing.
How do I handle it...... I just go. I do not travel on any road that is marked no access. All of the trails show up on my Garmin GPS. I don't litter, and I don't trash the place. If a ranger spotted me, I am positive that there would be some explaining to do. I might get lucky, or I might get screwed. I'm willing to take that risk.
The spot we are talking about is THE LAST spot of untouched wilderness left in Northern Jersey.
If it is respected, and kept untrampled, no one should have a reason to put a stop to it. Please don't give anyone that reason!
The alternative is simple....they'll block the roads and shut us out. Just like they do to the main road in the winters now.
If anyone wants more info, PM me.
Good luck out there