Distinctly East Coast, Mountain Creek Bike Park is a ton of fun and we’re stoked to say that we’ve finally checked this park off our list. With 52 different trails covering the 1,040 feet of vert, Mountain Creek is a mountain that caters to those searching for chunky gnar but has plenty of beautifully built jumps that offer a welcomed respite from the never-ending rock gardens. Mountain Creek’s got over 40 miles of trail that offer a wide variety of terrain, as long as that terrain is rocks on rocks on rocks. In all seriousness though, Mountain Creek has some very technical and challenging terrain but they have put a lot of work into finding some mellower ways down the mountain for more beginner level riders to progress on. Outside the large menu of trails Mountain Creek has a bike shop and rental fleet on-site, an infamous water park, beautiful on-site lodging, and a Biergarten restaurant and dining area. Options outside the park in the small town of Vernon, New Jersey are varied although it is a small town so things due get pretty quiet early on.
LODGING AND ON-SITE AMENITIES
Mountain Creek Bike Park has one of the most casual and fun set ups we’ve seen on the East Coast. Although the village isn’t as fancy as Killington, it has a great vibe, high energy visitors and some great options for activities and food. We ate lunch and sometimes even dinner at the Biergarten surrounded by lots of stoked riders who were friendly and welcoming. Plus the food was reasonably priced and quite tasty.
Of course lodging is available in the form of Airbnb’s, luxury condos or motels, but we were lucky enough to stay at the Appalachian Hotel. Sitting proudly at the base of the slopes, the Appalachian is a beautifully built hotel with a pool, gym and clean rooms that have small kitchenettes, which we greatly appreciate as it let us save our leftover pizzas safe and tasty.
Speaking of pizza, Vernon, New Jersey treated us to some of the best pizza we’d ever eaten! Thanks to the recommendation of our new friend at the Mountain Creek Rental Shop, we found ourselves at the Tomato Garden, stuffing ourselves full of all sorts of flavors of pizza. The spinach and artichoke pizza was unreal!
Beyond the Appalachian Hotel and pizza, visitors can enjoy a fun day at the water park, which has a rather storied history, enjoy a round of golf, horse back rides and several other activities. Of course, we know what you’re thinking, we’re here to ride, who cares about anything else. Well alright then, let’s get to the trails.