Find Trails By State ride the northeast
new jersey county and local trails southern shore region

 

family friendly biking with kids romantic bike getaways historic rail trails wildlife trails historic rail trails bike northeast waterfalls bike and beaches

Estelle Manor Park Mountain Bike Trails

Southern Shore Region, New Jersey

Family Friendly, Historic, Wildlife Watch, Mountain Bike Safari


Directions
Trail Description

Location: Mays Landing, NJ. Atlantic County.

Length/Configuration: 27 mile trail network. There is a 5+ mile designated mountain bike twisty loop trail at the northern end of the park.

Terrain/Surface: Hardpacked dirt surface on fire roads. Hardpacked dirt and sand singletrack on MTB trails.

Technical Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Elevation Change: Mostly flat.

Trail Use: Mountain biking, hiking. Cross-country skiing (winter).

Caution:Humid and hot especially during the summer months. Bring insect repellent and water. Hunting permitted in season on state-mandated days.

 

 

Estelle Manor Park
Trail map is a geographical representation designed for general reference purposes only.

Estelle Manor Park Overview

Estelle Manor Park, bordered by the Great Egg Harbor River / South River to the east and by Route 50 to the west lies within the Southern Pinelands Natural Heritage Byway Corridor a short distance from Ocean City, NJ. Egg Harbor is considered the Gateway to Atlantic City's beaches and casinos, glitz, glam and sun tan lotion.

Extend your vacation with a one-of-a-kind Mountain Bike Safari at Estelle Manor Park. A five mile dedicated mountain bike trail system built by mountain bikers travels through and around a unique Coastal New Jersey lowland landscape comprised of tidal wetlands, mixed Atlantic White Cedar and hardwood swamps, marshes and pine barren savannas.

The wetlands and pinelands host a dizzying spectrum of plant, insect and animal life. Mountain laurel, huckleberry and hackberry bloom in the understory of the pitch pine lowland forests. Some common bird and animal sightings may include bald eagles, turkey vultures, hawks,  nuthatch, golden-crowned kinglet, a variety of wading birds, otters, red foxes, white-tailed deer, coyote and more. Pack the insect repellent in your trail kit.

Park amenities include picnic pavilions, softball and soccer fields and sand volley ball courts. There is a group camping site with a pavilion.

Estelle Manor Park Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain bike trails are located within the northern end of the park. The routes are comprised of a mix of fire roads, dedicated singletrack and multi-use trails. Most of the trails are constructed of compacted dirt and sand. The terrain is mostly flat and the twisty trails wind around and over small hills and logs and across streams.

Bump-outs provide views of the South River. The trails can get seasonally wet and increasingly sandy due to weather, heavier trail use and beaver activity within and around their wetland habitat.

The Duck Farm Loop Trail: 5+ miles, moderate

Dedicated singletrack mountain bike trail built by the Atlantic County Trail Volunteers (ACTV). The trail system is located at the northern end of Estelle Manor Park. Although the trail is mostly flat, the hard-packed singletrack, carefully planned tight twisty turns among the pines and hillocks, log jumps, dip and short hills, the distance and scenery make up for it.

Trail Highlights & Nearby Points of Interest

Warren E. Fox Nature Center

This is the headquarters for environmental education within the Atlantic County park system and is also the place to get the lowdown on required permits and a map of Estelle Park's trail network before you ride. This solar powered facility houses an auditorium for class and public lectures, and public restroom facilities. There are impressive outdoor exhibits, live animals and a butterfly and a pollinator garden nearby. Exciting activities include orienteering, nature walks, history tours and more.

Historic Notes

There are two historic Pinelands sites located in Estell Manor Park. The ruins of the early 19th century Estellville Glassworks and the Bethlehem Loading Company, a WWI munitions loading facility. Both of these enterprises were owned and operated by the Estelle family of New Jersey who arrived in America from England in the 16th century.

Today, the area that was once home to these facilities has become Estell Manor Park. Glass production began in 1826. It was possibly the first glassworks that had the capability of producing both hollow ware (bottles) and window glass. Ruins of the former Glassworks building can still be found within the park along the Military Order of the Purple Heart Drive.

The swampland below Mays Landing was selected for a munitions plant to manufacture and ship munitions for World War I.  The railroad was brought in, a town was built to house the thousands of employees. The park area contained most of the plant and administration buildings, the ruins of which still remain and are easily seen off Route 50.

Directions

Estell Manor Park is located 4 miles south of Mays Landing on Route 50.

More Information

Estelle Manor Park
109 Boulevard Route 50
Mays Landing, NJ 08330


Atlantic County Parks: Estelle Manaor Park - www.atlantic-county.org

 

Return To Top