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    Vietnam trails worth a drive up from NYC?

    In a couple weeks me and a few buddies are thinking of coming up and exploring Vietnam Trails for a weekend. None of us have been there, I get the impression it's a fun place and a change up from what we're used to in our area. Would it definitely be worth the drive up or could we find somewhere better within 3.5 hours of us?

    Any recommended routes or trails? We have plenty of rooty rocky techy stuff in our area and not an abundance of fast flow or stunts, so I think it'd be fun to focus on that, I see a lot of youtube videos with rollers, drops, berms, kickers and tables, is that all focused in a specific area or is it littered throughout? We don't wanna get too bogged down in slow techy singletrack since we have a ton of that, but if it's a fun route we'll hit it. We all have capable AM bikes and some DH experience, but aren't exactly freeriders, so nothing too huge either

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    I would just shoot up to the Berkshires. Lots of great riding. Check the NEMBA site.

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    Vietnam trails worth a drive up from NYC?

    I don't know if 3.5 hours is justified, that's up to you. I will say that there are a lot of well designed free ride features within a small area.

    When I go to nam I do so solely for the "stunt" trails. I'll ride dirty little secret 3 or 4 times, then move over to rubber stamp for 3 or 4 runs, then head over to the half pipe under the powerlines. It seems like the newer stuff they are building are mostly bigger gap jumps, many of which are beyond my current skills, but that's what I like, every time I go to nam I try to hit something I've never ridden before .

    It's a tough call as to wether or not it's worth the drive, but it's pretty easy to find the good stuff. There's a good map, but there are no signs. Luckily most of the "features" are near the powerlines, so they are easy to find. Putting together a good xc loop there requires knowing your way around.

    If you like what you see on the videos, go for it. Personally I don't think anyone has made a video that really shows nam at its best. Correct me if I'm wrong, maybe I just haven't seen it.





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    In my opinion it is only justifiable if you REALLY enjoy hucking and hitting gnarly stuff. If you're going to go there and actually hit all the best jumps/drops then I'd say go for it.

    If you think there is the possibility that you'll show up and end up being intimidated by the big boys then it probably isn't worth it since that is what really sets Nam apart.

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    I live a half hour away, have maps, and still get lost. Even when I get the hang of the layout, skip several months, I get lost again. I come in from college rock. Kind of part of the fun, but as a destination ride, you should line up someone who knows the goods on this site.
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    Vietnam trails worth a drive up from NYC?

    Yep, shredjekyll and magoo are right on with their advice. Worth the drive if you really want to hit the hucks and nemba trails, which are pretty easy to find. You'll want a guide if you want to cover a lot of ground and do a big xc ride.


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    I'd also voice to get a guide - I can never quite figure out the layout of the land and there's a total absence of signage. You should be able to find someone who's down for some jumps and hits, though.

    As for a 3.5 hour ride for just Nam, I can't vouch for it, but I'm a XC rider. I guess it depends on how long and how much you want to ride for.

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    Cool thanks for the feedback everyone. Any recommendations on trails in the berkshires? I went on NEMBA and its organized by trail name and I'm not familiar with the geography.

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    Maybe drive a bit farther and hit up Highland Mt? I like Nam and all, but don't think I'd drive that far for it.
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    Check out the Berkshire Nemba Facebook Page, they host weekly rides etc.

    FWIW: The Berkshires Is one of the best riding destinations in the Country (along with the rest of western, ma…including Pioneer Valley). Pittsfield State Forest, Lennox Mt-Yokun Ridge, Northern Edge of October Mt are three extensive and awesome single track laden riding destinations in the central Berkshires..plus, your wife/ chick friend will love hanging in Lenox…it's a win-win.

    Branch out further to The DAR, or batchelor St/ Earl's, or Hawley or the CtS and you'll move out of NYC altogether and laugh at those guys who talk up 'Blue Mountain.'

    Eastern MA is worth a multi day trip as well (which should include the pretty awesome Vietnam). Back to the Original question…to come up JUST to ride Vietnam from NYC doesn't make much sense to me (Plattekill and Mountain Creek will serve up bad ass techy jumpy terrain a lot closer to Da City…and pushing a little further to Highland in NH is also a good recommendation if that's what you are looking for).

    But, as part of a multi day exploration of Eastern, MA new school expert riding, Vietnam is a great spot (drive on to Lynn Woods, B&T's, etc. to make it worth while however). Check in with the Diesel Bikes web site, those guys always had the real inside scoop on that sort of riding in eastern, MA.

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    I moved from NYC metro about 5 years ago. Loved Blue Mountain. Ringwood was getting really good as i left. In my time in New England (live near Portsmouth NH now) Lynn Woods, Vietnam, and Bachelors Street have been the best i've seen. Lynn and Vietnam is more like Sprain Ridge/Blue Mountain riding. Bachelors (which is my personal favorite) was more like Ringwood. Bachelors has a ton of great technical singletrack, and you can put together a loop pretty easy with a map.

    Harold Parker and Bear Brook (NH) have nice singletrack and ride in/out campsites. Those places are also on par with some of the better NJ spots (Allamuchy/Wawa/Ringwood).

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    You don't have to go that far. For log rides and steep rolloffs there is Trumbull in CT and for natural techy goodness there is Nimham and the trails in Patterson in Putnam County. At any of these three spots you can ride for hours without doubling back on anything and challenge yourself to the limit. There are a bunch of smaller spots too that will entertain you thoroughly but not for very long. On the west side of the river there are all sorts of good places and it's getting better all the time, do some research on stuff like Lippman and Sterling Forest.

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    Great Calls Gravity Lover, I forgot about Old Mine park in Trumbull and the rigors of Carmel NY (btw, Ninham is the most bad-ass terrain of all the places listed in this thread…though, I heard some of it was closed down a few years ago, I haven't been there in a long time…used to love it).

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