If Tony Soprano were a New Jersey off-road enthusiast, we know a place he’d take the gang out to for a leisurely weekend ride. Known as the New Jersey Off-Road Vehicle Park or NJORVP, the park is located on 265 acres in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in Chatsworth, New Jersey. Located in the southern part of New Jersey, Chatsworth is approximately 90 miles south of New York city.
The land itself is currently being leased from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the NJORVP crew constantly maintains it. The crew works very hard and is dedicated to building, operating and maintaining safe and legal facilities for the operation of off-road vehicles. The good fellas at the park are highly organized?you always find that the trail system is well maintained at the park.
The NJORVP has three separate tracks for ATVs at their facility. When you first enter the park, you?re greeted with one of the main riding areas?a half-mile long, ATV-only course that features a few mild-mannered tabletops and jumps. The course has plenty of wide lanes for when you want to pass those slower buddies you just happened to bring along with you. In addition, there are varied bumps and jumps thrown in throughout the course layout.
It?s not the most technically challenging track we?ve ever seen, but it was designed to suit a wide variety of riders of different skill levels. On this particular track it?s common to see tricked-out Raptors riding alongside your average Polaris Sportsman 4×4.
Another area for ATV riding is the Intermediate track. This section of the park is open to both motorcycles and ATVs. In our opinion, it feels more like a wide trail system versus being an actual “track,” but it?s still just as much fun! The tight, twisty course snakes through a dense forest area with a natural canopy of pine trees overhead. Even during mid-day sun, the trees filter out a lot of the sun, which only helps give the track a somewhat surreal atmosphere. Throughout the course you?ll find high-banked berms, elevation changes, and plenty of twists and turns to keep the throttle pinned throughout!
The other ATV track is a “Beginners track” designed for both novice dirt bike and ATV riders. This short course is a great area for youngsters just starting out with learning the basics of how to ride. No jumps or bumps to get in the way?it?s just a simple, winding course that is 100-percent visible from the sidelines (which is good for keeping an eye on Junior).
Tracks aren?t the only thing you?ll find at the NJORVP. There are three closed-course trails running throughout the park for motorcycles and ATVs. Each trail system is directional, so there is no worry of having to deal with conflicting traffic flow. The trails are also relatively basic, so you don?t have to be a Pro cross-country racer to take full advantage of them.
The NJORVP is a fully functional park with primitive camping areas (members camp for free), a designated playground area for smaller children, and there are plenty of family-oriented events planned throughout the year. The park has restrooms available and there are restaurants and convenience stores relatively nearby. If you plan on taking a vacation to visit the park during the summer months, the scenic Jersey shore on Long Beach Island also happens to be nearby (only a half-hour/45-minute drive away).
Membership to the park is as follows: annual membership (which includes medical insurance) is $200 for adults, while children can get a membership for $50.00 (must be 14 years of age and under with proof of age). Day passes are also sold for $45.00 (this also includes medical), and they are sold only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays. There is one stipulation, though?an adult (with a yearly membership) must sponsor visitors who want to ride on Sundays. The sponsoring adult must also be at the park with the visitor. Each adult can sponsor a limit of up to four people.
Summer park hours are from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (or sunset) during weekdays. On weekends the park is open from 8 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. (or sunset). During the winter, the park hours on weekdays are from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. (or sunset), and during weekends, the park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset.
For more information on the NJORVP, you can contact them at New Jersey Off Road Vehicle Park, PO Box 501, Chatsworth, NJ 08019-0501; (609)-726-0900 phone; (609)-726-1941fax.
SO HOW DO I GET THERE?
If you?re interested in checking out the NJORVP, here?s how to get there. The park is located between mile marker six and seven on Route 72 in Chatsworth, New Jersey. The main road to the park is right next to a black overhead railroad bridge (the closest visible landmark).
If you are heading east: from the Route 70 & 72 circle, take Route 72 East approximately six miles. Turn right just before the overhead railroad bridge onto Savoy Blvd. Follow Savoy Blvd. approximately 3/4 of a mile, and turn left into the park.
If you are heading west: from the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 63 to Route 72 West. Follow Route 72 West approximately 18 miles. Turn Left directly after the overhead railroad bridge onto Savoy Blvd. Follow Savoy Blvd. approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn left into park.