Cunningham Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 300 ft
↓ 300 ft
101
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This is a great new trail. Maintained by CLIMB. It has both beginner and diamond loops. Just follow the trail markers. Has plenty of technical stuff and logs. Some really nice jumps. Has a small bmx style jump section. You can add some miles by crossing the bridge over the Clearview and riding the other side. No climbs but a blast none the less.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (31)
 

Gramcounter

September 24, 2016
 
Review: Fun place to ride with plenty of options on difficulty. Perfect for beginners and for people looking to have fun.

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Granny Gear

September 14, 2016
munz0h Granny Gear  
 
Review: Good technical stuff - log rolls, drops, jumps. Fairly good flow. Not much in the climbing department but enough to break a sweat.

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Granny Gear

August 28, 2016
Jetmo Granny Gear  
 
Review: Five stars for being accessible from the city. And pretty awesome besides.
See note about poison Ivy below.

As others have noted, this is a great little park with some fast and super fun singletrack. And a couple impressive dirt jump sections for the jumpers. You on your mountain bike will likely not do these;) In general, solid, fast XC with good technical attributes and maybe a couple of mild drops and more than a few places to catch (normal) air and test your abilities. I believe this park was designed from scratch by the volunteers who got this park going, and it really is an accomplishment.

It's also a perfect park for single speed rigid if you're into that. My 33t crank is just about perfect for this park, able to get up 99.9% of the short little grades. But you'll see most riders riding full squish trail-bikes here.

I cut my MTB teeth out west and Cunningham was my first ride out east. It didn't disappoint and after exploring some of the other local options within an hour or so, it still stands out and is a unique park. And this might sound insane, or a symptom of my lack of having experienced that many locations (despite riding for 20 years) but it actually resembles the speedy, low vertical-grade flow, in my humble opinion, of... Goosberry Mesa in Utah. Just because that's regarded as one of the sweetest spots on earth to ride (it is) doesn't invalidate the comparison. Mesa is like riding on a roller coaster with every track and rock face accommodating your zippiness. That's what Cunningham has in common, minus the tear inducing "epic" of place like Mesa of course;) with it's fancy pants slick rock desert god-scape overlooking Zion Nat'l Park.

Caution, there is POISON IVY in this park. It tagged me and blew up my knee a bit. It's common for first encounters to take between 10-20 days for it show believe it or not. This is what happened to me about 12 days out. I road in mid July, after some heavy rain storms, when the brush started to become overgrown a bit. Don't get me wrong, this is really well-maintained park. In fact in between five days of riding, I noticed a few side-brush sections had been cleared. But there are a lot of trails here and not everything can be groomed to a tee.

So ride with caution if this concerns you, or even better, with some skin protection if you can handle the heat in the summer when this is most likely to be a problem. This is what I'll be doing, sad (but not too sad) to say. And in no way should this put you off if you're new and eager to visit, since I have ridden here several times over the years and this was my first encounter. And for context, my riding partner encountered no poison ivy despite shadowing each other the whole ride.

Great park and a gift to NYC riders grateful for accessible quality riding.

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2016
 
Review: Been riding this track since 2007. It's nicely kept up by C.L.I.M.B.... Great for beginners just starting out if you need something flat and the intermediates and black diamonds are fun too. Technical trail in some spots with minimal climbs but some sharp turns and a lot of optional trees boulders and rocks.

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Bunny Hop

December 1, 2015
 
Review: The most fun you can have riding a bike in New York City.

Cunningham is an exceedingly well designed trail system right in the middle of Queens. The trails range in difficulty, making it an excellent place to step up your skills gradually. The east side of the park is fast, flowy, and generally easier; I am in no way an expert but with the exception of a few tight logovers and the bigger man made features (which I skip anyway) I can clear the whole side without dabbing. West side is a different story. Although there's probably nothing there that will give a skilled rider pause there are enough rock gardens, logs, and technical sections to keep pretty much anyone entertained. If you want big tech lines, jumps, etc they are here. Not to the degree or at the frequency you'd find them at Sprain for instance, but aspects of that kind of riding are available at Cunningham. Rollers and logs are all over the place so its a great place to build those skills in particular. If you're into skinnies and balances you'll have a couple of appealing areas on and around blue and black trails on both sides of the park.

There's no real climbing but enough constant ups, downs, and turns to get a good workout. Some of the short steep sections on the west side are fairly technical as well. All this said the place is frequented by cyclocross riders (myself included) and my mountain bike is a single speed rigid 29er; you don't need crazy full squish expensive gear to ride these trails, which is part of their charm and fun. And if you want dirt jumps and some relatively mild freeride, you have three mini parks within the trail system. There's definitely something here for everyone and the fact that its in city limits, in a rather beautiful park, is all the more impressive. CLIMB deserves a whole lot of credit for getting this done.

This being NYC the trails can get pretty crowded and erosion does take its toll; try not to ride when they're too wet.

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Granny Gear

May 28, 2015
bastizdu23 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trails deff recommend! I am a beginner with moutain biking and went for my first time today and what a blast! Great trails with good jumps and obstacles.

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Granny Gear

October 9, 2014
xPSYLENTSx Granny Gear  
 
Review: Anyone know what field it's located near? How do we get to the trails? Is there a sign or do we have to search for it?

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Granny Gear

February 18, 2015
Guest Granny Gear  
 
Review: Enter from 210 St at the intersection of 67th ave. Coordinates: 40.742394, -73.765183. Be safe! Have Fun! Cunningham is GREAT in the snow!!!!

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Gramcounter

July 20, 2014
Mad Mateo Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun trail. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it is in New York City. I think anyone who is interested in trail riding and or XC riding needs to definitely check this place out. Great starting off point and getting your feet wet.

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Granny Gear

June 27, 2014
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Granny Gear

June 27, 2014
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Cunningham Park MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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