Highbridge Park - TRAIL

Highbridge Park - Trail, Manhattan, York

XC, freeride and dirt jump trails in Manhattan! Highbridge features XC trails that range from super technical with natural obstacles, logrides and drops to fast and flowy singletrack. The Hellfighter freeride trail drops 150 feet vertically and features natural drops from 3 to 10 feet, sweet berms, steep rock rollers, sketchy off-camber lines and more. The dirt jump park was designed and built by IMBA with Jeff Lenosky and Kyle Ebbett, and features beginner and intermediate lines (all tables), plus a pump track.

Best of all, the lower trailhead is across the street from the #1 train subway station at Dyckman street, so access couldn't be easier!

The Highbridge trails are a project of NYCMTB, IMBA and NYC Parks.

User Reviews (9)

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Garrett   Weekend Warrior [Jun 09, 2013]

I read the reviews and decided to give it a shot despite the low marks figuring that the last review was 2 years old and maybe just a crabby poster didn't like the trail. I stand corrected. It is paved with broken glass, yet also remains difficult to follow because of the level of overgrowth. In my short ride I encountered two fallen trees blocking the way and had to stop several other times to walk around and find where the trail continued on.
It is, to be fair, very techinically challenging and if it was not overgrown and glass strewn, it would have been quite difficult with lots of rock gardens and short, steep sections to climb.

Unless the trail is repaired and maintained, I would not recommend riding it.

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bartekr   Weekend Warrior [Apr 03, 2011]

This doesn't feel like a mountain bike trail, more like someone decided to create several paths in a run-down park littered with broken glass. I crashed in one area and narrowly avoided falling on a broken bottle

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jayflo0800   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2009]

Wow...I just drove to Highbridge this morning from Queens. Parking is tricky, the trails are covered in glass in certain places. From what I can tell you, body armor and a full face helmut are not presumptuous here. This trail takes no prisoners as I found an endless amount of rock gardens and steep descents followed by some killer drops. Although the track is short in length it truly could use a chairlift. The climbs required from parts of this trail are unreal. I found myself pushing my bike in a few spots.... ok a lot of spots. However it's kind of cool riding in what feels like actual mountain conditions no farther than the top of Manhattan. Freeriders will enjoy these trails the most.

Customer Service

Don't drive. Parking anywhere near any NYC Park is never great. Take the number 1 train to Dyckman Street and look for the trailhead across the street, but bring friends cause the neighborhood is still "up and coming".

Similar Products Used: Nothing in the area like Highbridge... maybe take a trip to VT. (same thing only bigger version)
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clouseau   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2008]

I rode this on the too-small aging rigid GT I keep in the city, and found the green loops too easy, the black loops too hard (often big rocks and drops) and the blue loops just right, but the whole trail 'system' is very small and the trash and broken glass everywhere is a bit disconcerting. There's burnt-out cars on Ft. George Hill and I even found a 300ZX engine on the trail.

There can't be more than two miles of trails you'd actually want to ride, and you'll definitely want to keep a patch kit on hand to deal with the inevitable punctures.

Customer Service

Honestly, I wouldn't go out of your way to ride here. Total beginners should probably find someplace else, as the green trails are boring, overgrown and covered with glass. Locals who can get to the trails quickly will find some fun on the blues and blacks. Freeriders will probably have the most fun here, as some of the expert trails have very reasonable drops and terrain features, but wear protection unless you like picking pieces of beer bottles out of your skin.

Start at the Ft. George Hill trailhead and keep left. Climb the blue to the top (it'll take no more than two minutes). Hit the dirt jump park at the top if that's your thing, then bomb down the blue or black. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Similar Products Used: Next time, I'll probably take the time to get out to Cunningham Park in Queens.
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AS.. the original   Weekend Warrior [Jan 13, 2008]

A good spot for urban freeriders. There is a small pump track which is well built and some excellent table-top jumps in the 5-7 foot range. There is also a set of 2-3 footers for newbies. Highbridge also has a short (30 seconds) DH run designed for freeride bikes with a few drops and nicely bermed turns. Once the expasion takes place and more singletrack is built, it will be a good spot for XC riders. Right now, the trails are mostly rolling single track with short but steep and rocky sections. The main loop is fun but pretty short. The connecting loops are very rocky and technical and in some sections, un-rideable.

Customer Service

It's small. Go explore.

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Tim   Cross Country Rider [Sep 03, 2007]

Recently, through some fellow bikers, I heard about the Highbridge Mountain Bike trails in Manhattan. Then, I read the story in the latest issue of BIKE. I was psyched not having to drive the 45 mins to an hour to get to decent trails in my area. I was born & raised in NYC and I live in Bergen County, NJ now, which is only a hop, skip & a jump from this set of trails. So, it pains me to write this review. Let me start off by saying I have ridden all the trails in Highbridge. I rode 3x in August '07 and then my last ride was yesterday. Each and every time I was totally impressed by the quality and diversity of the trails. Excellent! The reputation of the guys that built them is deserved. HOWEVER, unfortunately these trails are turning into what happens alot in the Big Apple....Something good is destroyed or ruined by the small percentage of animals that live there. Such is the case with Highbridge. On all four rides I encountered one or more of the following conditions - wild dogs, crackheads, noddin' out dopeheads (one of which had wrapped himself up in newspapers directly on a trail), a teenage gang that hangs out near one of the playgrounds that the upper ridge trail runs behind (and they weren't too friendly), broken glass EVERYWHERE, garbage, clothing and dog and HUMAN feces - some of which appeared to have been purposely placed on the trails and some log pyramids. What a shame!!!! Maybe I'll go back someday, but def not now! For those of you who will venture there, be careful and I highly suggest not riding alone! And don't park your car on the lower north end by Dyckman, someone tried to cut my lock off and take my hitch rack. Park up on Fort George - its the lesser of two evils.

Similar Products Used: Stewart Airport, Allaire, Hartshorne Woods
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NachoBroadway   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2007]

Went a day after it rained so I knew it wasn't going to be easy and boy I was right. Slippy and sliding everywhere, given I was riding a Trek 4300 with stock tires. However, extremely fast in some areas and mostly grainy peddles will be hard to maintain control. Alot of broken bottles and rode past a bum, but welcome to NYC. Some great dominican food in the area.

On the way home after a huge letdown I was surprised to see some dirt jumps. Deciding to get them a shot and wow I will be back for round 2. Had a blast, and this dude came thru w/ a true Brooklyn dirtbike and tore it up, had all the local kids amazed. I was clearing the jumps after 6 tries and loved the hangtime.

Only reason I am giving a high review is because there is nothing remotely close to this in North Jersey unless you go out to the boondocks. Hats off to the builders, very well maintained.

Customer Service

Crossed the GWB, uptown via St. Nicholas, stop to grab a dominican beer, right on 185th, left on Amsterdam and a few blocks up have a blast on the jumps.

Similar Products Used: Heard of other riders talking about how beautiful Blue Mountain is, I recommend the park in Boonton. Trying to find out about the Boy Scout in Alpine trail.
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Eric   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2007]

I was impressed with this terrain given that it's in Manhattan. Nice job IMBA. I usually ride Blue Mountain and Graham Hills. But I'm still trying to decide if this convenience balances out all the broken glass (got a rear flat), rats (call 'em city chipmunks) and poison ivy (still scratching). I also saw no one else in there for my entire ride which was a tad creepy.

Customer Service

Rough Ryder was great but I somehow got off track on the lower section.

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shonan_surfer   Weekend Warrior [Jul 09, 2007]

Technical single track that is fast and twisty in places and some hike a bike sections in the advanced / black diamond sections. Wall drop is fun however, it commits you to exiting the woods and riding around back up to the top on the road or walking your bike back up about 200 feet to the trail above the wall. Black diamond section is fun with some very tight twists and banked turns. some nice jumps and drops one in particular i liked was a 3 foot tabletop type set up that you had to hit land and then get hard on the brakes to set up for a fast banked switchback turn. The jump park is alright but is more for people who are riding bmx or jump bikes. The smaller of the table tops are good for Mt. bikes but the larger ones are best suited for riders on jump specific bikes as you will have difficulty clearing the lip on the transition and thus maintaining speed to hit the 4 jumps in a row. Don't forget to bring and wear your helmet as i was aked to leave last sunday by the ranger for not wearing a helmet. ( yeah I know I know but it was about 95 that day)

Customer Service

The intermediate and beginner trails leading down to the lower trail head by the 191st st station is nice with options available but as a loop it is not really feasable. Wall and some jumps are fun if you and your bike are equiped.

Similar Products Used: I usually ride up the west side along the river all the way up to Inwood Hill Park thrrough the back trails on the hill and then out onto Payson down to Dyckman and then up to High Bridge
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pdm362   Cross Country Rider [Jun 26, 2007]

This place is definitely technical at some spots and then not so technical at others. Not that much of a selection considering it is in the middle of manhattan. It is very short and not a destination in my opinion. It is fun if you are in the area and want a quickie. I have to compliment on the stuff that is there. the people who designed it made every inch of single track count. I was not disappointed when I rode there. The climbs are some sick stuff.

Customer Service

Just stay on the outer perimeter, I think its Rough Ryder thats the technical stuff.

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