Cunningham Park North Woods - TRAIL

Cunningham Park North Woods - Trail, Fresh Meadows, York

Queens now has legal single track trails. Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers (CLIMB) has partnered with NYC Parks, IMBA, Bikes Belong Coalition and the newly formed NYCMTB.com to bring you yet another trail system.

Mountain biking is only allowed in the North Woods section of Cunningham Park. This is a role model trail for NYC Parks and if we set a good example, more parks may open to mountain bikes. Please do not modify or build new trails without our permission. Please wear a helmet and help us keep the park clean.

The park is divided by the Clearview Expressway but a pedestrian bridge connects the two halves. There are about three miles of trails on each side with more to come. There are no steep hills and very little elevation changes but we tried to make the best of the terrain. We'll be adding more technical trail features using existing boulders and logs soon.

The east side is easier with fire roads and double track and is perfect for beginners or families. The west side is more wild with mostly single track. We suggest you ride the east side as a warm up, the loop will bring you back to your start point, then take the white trail (fire road) which takes you to the bridge and cross over to the west side.

The trails are one-way, please observe the trail markers. Green Circle beginner trails are blazed green, Blue Square intermediate trails are blazed blue and Black Diamond advanced trails are blazed in red.

The trailhead is located on 210th St and 67th Ave about two blocks south of the LIE (495) and is accessable via train and the Kissena Corridor (about 1.5 miles on the bike path).

By train: F train to Flushing and head south on Kissena Blvd to the Kissena Corridor Bike Path, go over the LIE and head south. After the underpass, make a left on Hollis Hills Terrace and then a right on 73rd Ave then a left on 210th to 67th Ave.

Or take the LIRR to Bayside and head south to the park

Or take the J train to Jamaica and head east to the park.

By car: LIE to exit 27 (Clearview Expressway) south, exit at 73rd Ave and make a left, go to 210th St and make a left, trailhead is at corner of 67th Ave.

Bathrooms are located on 73rd Ave.

User Reviews (14)

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Aaron   Weekend Warrior [Aug 29, 2015]

This is my home away from home. It has everything you could ask for; fun singletrack, a pump track, dirt jumps, log rides, small drops, list goes on. You can bring a hard tail singlespeed, dirt jumper, or full suspension bike here. CLIMB does a great job maintaining this trail. Easy enough for families or can be challenging for the most advanced rider looking to go airborne.

Customer Service

210th and 67th entrance and make your first left

Similar Products Used: Stillwell
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Cyclone429   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2013]

For those people who like steep climbs, rocks and log overs. This is not the place. This trail is easy an normally would not want to ride here again. However the way this trail is designed with some drop offs and pump tracks makes this a great place to ride. I did about three laps, I probably would have done more but I had to go to dinner. Worth stopping by if you are on the LIE

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All of them

Similar Products Used: Glacier Ridge Trails
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SoulSauceNYC   Weekend Warrior [Apr 11, 2013]

Im a beginner and learned to ride on this trail... So much fun! it's like a rollercoaster / funhouse. Great obstacles, i feel it's technical... fun pump tracks to try, awesome workout! the trails are very well maintained and clearly marked...
Great for beginner riders / advanced ect.

Customer Service

Blue trail is my fav.

Similar Products Used: Graham Hills also alot of fun , but has mean hills; some too steep to ride... but my 2nd fav trail.
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zman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 06, 2012]

Everytime I come back to this park it just gets better.Yesterday it rained pretty hard the park drains well.I can't believe this park is in NYC.The trails are pretty well maintained,not many roots.Yeah..Best of all there is great flow througout the park.Great park for new riders & even experienced.This park is great if you are looking for a nice workout.First timers go NYCMTB & obtain a trail map & go out & have fun.

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RoadRashRider   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2012]

This park is my where I experienced my first real mountain bike course.

She's a lot of fun and akin to a first girlfriend...she gets you acclimated with the sport, but after riding a few times you're ready to move on to other trails, but alas something keeps pulling you back to her for more.

If you're a novice ride the east side of the park first. There is nothing here, whether it be green blue or black, that you shouldn't be able to handle. No need to be afraid; just confront the challenge and build your experience.

The west side of the park isn't marked as well, which often causes riders to go the wrong way, so watch out. The west side is also more technical and thus more rewarding.

PLEASE don't avoid obstacles as some other reviewers have said. The creators of the trails spent a lot of time designing the trails so respect the trail and don't widen the path.

Overall it is a fun course that you will come back to despite very little elevation changes.

Customer Service

Most of my favorite trails have no name that I am aware of. Regarding the named trails my favorites are "Thrilla", "Green Apple", and "Viper".

In terms of directions: if your coming from the The Bronx or Westchester you either have to take a REAL long ride through Randall's Island and piece together paths on your way to Cunningham Park (there are no bike paths over Throgs Neck or Whitestone and buses won't allow you to get on with bike anymore) or you need to drive there.

Similar Products Used: Sprain Ridge
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Stevuke   Cross Country Rider [Dec 12, 2010]

I'm writing this pretty much cause I think it's helpful for newbies to read reviews written by other newbies. I just started riding in September.

I love Cunningham.. it's where I got started. I think any local newbie should try it out.

It's got VERY easy green trails.. and then some more advanced features. You can go down the blues and blacks pretty confidently as there is almost always a way around the really crazy stuff.

It's not huge and you might get bored after going there too often. But it's a great place to start or to try new things. Not as scary as some of the other places.

Don't misunderstand me - I say it's easy, but that's only if you want it to be..... it's still LOADS of fun and there are many challenges and excitement to find.

Customer Service

Honestly, it's all fun. In my experience, the green at cunningham is about as easy as it gets anywhere.. great place to start out.

Similar Products Used: Sprain Ridge Park is a blast.. but a good deal tougher.
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DBMMTB   Cross Country Rider [Nov 14, 2010]

I write reviews because I read reviews. I road the trail on recommendation from Jerry at Peak Mountain Bikes. First understand that this trail is in a Park that is in Queens. Not upstate and not an hours ride for people in the area. The trail is technique in places and has more then enough features to know this is a great place to mountain bike. Because of the size of the trail people may make claims that its not technical enough or challenging enough. Not true. If you compare it to DH trails upstate you are comparing apples and oranges. Fact is for anyone who's ridden trails in Long Island will love this trail as a more technical and adrenaline filled park. Most people I ride with love Stillwell and I agree but Cunningham has more challenges. For a place like this to be a short car ride is a blessing. Anyone who is close and not gone go check for yourself. I would suggest bringing a good helmet. If your not paying attention plenty of places to crash.

Customer Service

We started with greens and rode every trail after a green trail lap. Being there for the first time it was nice to get an idea of the layout. Found the West part to be more raw and fun. Something for everyone. Again its in Queens so do not expect a huge layout. Its 7 miles.

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Dave Gagnon   Cross Country Rider [Jun 08, 2010]

Very nice loop of singletrack right in the middle of Queens. Very easy to get to off of the Long Island Expressway. Just moved to the city from Massachusetts and was looking for a good place close by to ride. No real elevation gain but CLIMB and IMBA have made excellent use of the space provided with some great flow to the trails. Some cool features scattered about and 2 bmx style pump tracks. I will absolutely be hitting this up a lot.

Customer Service

Basically all one way trails, can't get lost out here really if you just do the loop. Here's the map http://www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/cunningham-park-mountain-bike-trail-map/

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richhoare   Cross Country Rider [Mar 27, 2010]

Cunningham is a pretty decent spot for weekday rides when it's too much trouble to get out of the city. not very technical or big, but the trails are buffed out and fast so it's easy to push a fast pace. there are a few nice log rides and small drops to keep things interesting, but again, nothing crazy. super corny the way the trails are one way only, though.

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bigpaulie69   Cross Country Rider [Oct 20, 2009]

When i first heard about this trail i was so surprised that it could be actually in New York City and figured it wouldn't be much good. But i feel for most of those beginner/intermediate riders it can really get your blood pumping. Lots of nice obstacles, but nothing to crazy and even most of the bigger obstacles have a separate smaller route to avoid the obstacle in case your level is not that high. Beginner trail is good for anyone even young kids, nothing worse then a few thick fallen branches and some occasional rocks. Intermediate trails can be a lot of fun and can be tackled by most riders with enough persistence. I do advise you though if you are a beginner rider and decide to tackle the intermediate trails try the ones closest to the 210th street entrance first as the ones on the other side of the highway do have quite a few pretty technical drops and narrow steep turns.

Customer Service

Kind of hard to find the entrance but your best bet is to bike down 73 ave. till you get to 210 street and turn there until you get to 67 ave and are right at the entrance. If you feel like tackling on the more difficult side first you can drive though the center path from 210 street to the other side of the express way of take 73 ave. to Francis Lewis blvd and there is and entrance from Francis Lewis blvd to these trails as well.

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