Bluff & Beyond – Sussex
What to Expect:
When visiting the Sussex Area, the “Bluff” is the must visit trail in the area. Known to the locals as the “Bluff & Beyond”, these trails begin at Sullivan Park in Sussex Corner. From here you can also access the Sussex Nature Trail which follows Trout Creek from Sussex Corner to the Town of Sussex. The Bluff & Beyond Trails start along the corn field beside the river where you may want to take a dip after your ride. At the far end of the corn field, several trails can be accessed that will loop back and then up to the water tower where the main trail head for the Bluff trail begins. Your climb up to the Bluff is rewarded by an incredible valley view.
Starting at Sullivan Park, you can access the Sussex Nature Trail. This 5km multi-use gravel trail is great for beginners. Pedal along the Trout Creek from Sussex Corner to the Town of Sussex. You can also access the Bluff & Beyond trails from Sullivan Park where you will find trails suitable for all abilities. The lower trails below the water tower are geared toward beginner to intermediate riders. Beginner to intermediate riders can also access the Bluff via the B-Side climb trail from the water tower trail head.
The Bluff & Beyond Trails have some technical trails with roots, rocks and other more technical climbs and descents. From Sullivan Park, riders can access a variety of single track and double track trails that will challenge riders as they climb up to the Bluff Trail with some great look out points along the way.
After a warm up leaving Sullivan Park and riding the lower section of the Bluff & Beyond trails, riders can climb up Linda’s Lane and across Ridge Line to access the Bluff Trail. Climb up A-Side for a more technical climb or up B-Side for a slightly less challenging climb to the first Bluff lookout point.
From there, experienced riders can continue on to the second and third Bluffs via the Single Track trail down to an intersection where you can climb a double track and access another single track descent known as the “Kid’s Trail”. Expert riders will enjoy this winding single track descent and then can make their way back up to the Bluff for an awesome ride down the single track to the water tower, along Ridge Line and back down to the parking area at Sullivan Park.
The main parking area and Trail Head entrance is located at Sullivan Park in Sussex Corner.