The first legal / designated mountain bike trails inside New York City are now open. This is urban mountain biking at it's best. The Department of Parks & Recreation is planning a trail system in each borough. Freeride Trails and a BMX jump park are now currently open at High Bridge Park in northern Manhattan. Also, in Cunningham Park (Queens) there is a network of mountain bike trails for riders of all ability levels.
243 acres of Cunningham Park are a designated "Forever Wild Preserve," providing forest habitat, vernal pools and kettle ponds for sensitive wildlife. The Southern Forest in the southeast section is one of the most undisturbed natural areas in the city. The Northern Forest, in which the mountain bike trails are located, was previously farmland. Old stonewalls and walkways are still evident. Tulip and flowering dogwood trees dominate this younger forest. Along 73rd Ave. are restrooms, ball fields and other recreational facilities.
Take I-495 (Long Island Expressway) to Exit 27S, Clearview Expressway South. Get off at first exit for 73rd Ave. Turn left (east) onto 73rd Ave. Turn left (north) onto 210th St. Trailhead is at 210th St. and 67th Ave.
Public Transportation: F train to Jamaica/179th St. Ride bike east on Hillside Ave., turn left on 188th St. (Saul Weprin St.), right on 73rd Ave., turn left onto 210th St. Trailhead is at 210th St. and 67th Ave.
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