Location: Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY
Length: 6.5 miles
Difficulty: 33% beginner, 33% intermediate, 33% expert XC trails, plus a beginner and intermediate dirt jump park with pump track
Description: Cunningham has it all, for riders ranging from absolute beginners to skilled XC’ers in search of a challenge. Cunningham’s trail run the gamut- tight and twisty, technical singletrack, technical rock features and log-overs galore, relative smooth and wide beginner trails (wide enough to pull a baby trailer behind your bike), fast and fun intermediate trails- the only thing it doesn’t have is significant climbing. The total elevation difference in the park is only 40 feet, making the trails perfect for singlespeeders, and the biggest climbs can be cleared with no more than 10 pedal strokes. But don’t let that fool you, Cunningham provides a great workout with constant speed-ups and slow-downs, short and sharp power climbs, and some wide-open, full-speed fast trails. Some have claimed that the Cunningham trails are the most technical on Long Island, and whether you agree with that assessment or not, one thing is certain- Cunningham is fun for everything from a casual cruise with first-time mountain bikers to an all-out hammerfest with the racer crew.
Directions: By Car-From the East or West, take the LIE to the Clearview Expressway South, then take the next exit (73rd Ave). Turn left at the light, the left again at 210th Street. The trailhead is located at 210th Street and 67th Ave. By public transportation- take the F train to Jamaica/179th Street, then pedal east on Hillside Ave, turn left on 188th Street (Saul Weprin St) and right on 73rd Ave, then follow the directions above.
The Cunningham trails were built by and are managed by our friends CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers).