Home  >>Trails >> United States Trails >>New York >>

Lat: Lng:

Sunken Meadow Trail of Tears

Average Rating:    (3.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

First half of the ride is on deep sand with root obstacles and treacherous rollercoaster type terrain. The Long Island Sound is on your left and the trail runs along a sharp escarpment offering a great view of the beach and water way down below. The second half of the trail is the easier part of the ride. You'll know it's upon you when you turn away from the cliff and the terrain becomes more stable. Still more ups and downs than level ground. The ride culminates with a short flat well groomed downhill that will have your speedometer hitting over 30 mph. There is a sharp right at the bottom of the trail however, so end with a bit of caution or you'll end up making tracks through a strangers potato salad as this trail ends up at a family picnic area of the park. Get out early and you won't have to contend with too many hikers and mountain joggers. Be especially courteous others here or they will eliminate our access to this trail.
discuss this trail in the New York forum >>
post pictures of this trail >>
search for trail pictures >>

This trail doesn't have any Longitude and Latitude data for the map. Participate and drag the red marker to the correct location.
Enter a Starting Point (City, State, or Landmark)


[X]Cancel
Latitude
40.90650709081904
Longitude
-73.24155807495117
Trail Directions
Take the Sunken Meadow State Parkway North to the end. Go through the toll plaza and follow the road over the bridge. Make a right onto the two lane park road and follow until the last parking lot on your left. Look for a wooden bridge on your right while heading for the lot; you'll be crossing that later. Park your vehicle and head back too that bridge and cross it. After crossing the bridge, turn left and you'll be on asphalt for 2 minutes climbing uphill when it turns into a wood chip path. At the top of the hill you'll see a chain link fence on either side of the trail head.
Trail Length
3.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Kings Park
Web Address
   


Sort Reviews by:  Latest Review | Best Rating
Reviews 1 - 5 (11 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
February 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Paul R. ,  Downhiller

Summary:
A great scenic trail in beautiful Kings Park N.Y., a little bit of everything is located on this single track. Anything from long cruisers(Do the trail backwards, there is a nice 1 mile + downhill)to roller coaster hills on the ridge. A full suspension is recommended but this trail can be done on a hard tail. An aggressive tire tread makes this trail even better.

Recommended Route:
I would start at Cardiac hill and do the trail in reverse, for the ridge is like a roller coaster and the loop back trail is a steady downhill. To me this gives you the funniest fastest ride. The other way is more uphill then down minus Cardiac hill, if one does not want to climb Cardiac follow the trail on the right(bottom of Cardiac looking up and go right) and then make all lefts on this trail, this will eventually lead to the top of Cardiac.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sunken Meadow also has the Kohr Rd. trail, this is about a 1 1/2 mile downhill that is very fast and fun. To access this trail one would turn at the K.P. Beer distributer, take that to the end and make a left to find yourself on a residential dead end. Hop in the trail at this dead end and make a right, follow this trail until it forks left, take the left. Now just go straight until you hit the pines, continue going straight ignoring another entrance point you will see on the left in the pines. Once at the top of the pines your downhill begins, follow this trail straight until you come to a left or right, take the left and follow straight down to the bottom of Kohr rd. Continue down Kohr rd., you are now at the Sunken Meadow rd. entrance. Go in SM and make a right and this will bring you to the 3 1/2 mile loop.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
December 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: NilocDraw ,  Downhiller

Summary:
If your new at this you'll walk a good part of the first bit. The view is amazing and it is worth the climb. Not a very long trail, I come here to mix up my riding.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
July 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: johnjamieson ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Someone told me that this was a beginner bike trail. Me and my 13 year old brother went out on this as our first trail rides ever. Needless to say we crashed like 4 or 5 times and had to walk sections of it because it gets to sandy. Alot of the hills are impossible to climb, including the famous cardiac hill. Just walking up the hill had us exhausted. The whole time we were busy crashing I was thinking there was no way this is a beginner trail, and it is not, but I have to say the down hill portions are a blast, it'll only take half an hour to an hour to ride the whole course. I wish I would have known that this trail was known as the trail of tears. :(

Recommended Route:
not sure

Other recommended trails in the same area:
not sure



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
October 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: kewl9119 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'd rate this one of the best trails on the island. 70% for the awesome view of the sound and the meadow. Takes about half an hour or so to ride, and although it may be a bit sandy on the back stretch, and rooty on the northern stretch, it really doesn't matter. It just makes this trail more challenging, which makes it more fun in a way. Great views, but there are a lot of sudden drops, so don't go rediculously fast. The views are amazing, and I never encounter a problem with population on the trail. There are also some exits to lead you to Sunken Meadow Road, near St Johnland Road in Kings Park / San Remo.

Recommended Route:
Take the Sunken Meadow Parkway north past the toll booths. There's plenty of parking, a large north shore beach, parks, picnic areas, and a few golf courses.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Makamah - take 25A west from the parkway, about 5 miles. Just past IGA, make a right onto Makamah Rd. It comes up fast. If you hit Northport, you've gone too far. Also, the Nassau - Suffolk Greenbelt.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
October 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: m8o ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Finally came here today...

I have two four letter words to describe this place -- "sand" and "root"! (I'm talking about what you'd constitute the "real" trails we mtn bikers would like to ride ; the narrow trails in the east and north east of this park)

I read the postings of others long ago, and remembered the warnings of being careful along the ridge paralleling the beach. (US Geo Survey says it's around a 130 - 140ft ridge). When I saw it and rode it, I thought to myself how right that was. When my tires dug into the sand going up one of the hills and I rolled down the ridge with my bike still clipped to my feet and was only stopped by sticker bushes, I can say I know the risk intimately!

I can honestly say, even before this event occurred, that I'd never walked my bike as much ever before on a ride. The sand in the trails up on the 140ft ridge is simply ridiculous and basically unridable. Certainly shouldn't have gotten back on the bike and tried that one hill that got me. ...looked ridable @ the time.

If you're going to ride here, stick to the inland trails in the raw narrow northeastern trails ; or stick to the matrix of wide, soft, well maintained (by the state?), wood mulch covered, white chalk-marked cross country trails ; or ride the boardwalk. Doubt I'm ever going near that ridge again.

Rode down the famous cardiac hill ... there was a woman rounding the corner coming up as I was approaching the bottom so I felt obligated to be a kind and thoughtful citizen and hit the brakes and took the turn wide on the other side of the trail, only to find a huge sand pit making up the whole junction/turn and dug in and fell.

If I were rating just the north eastern MB trails, I'd give it 1, maybe 2 chilies. But 3 Chilies for the cross country routes that can give you a good workout if your want to do circles and loops (and of course some great downhills) or ride the boardwalk for a pleasant change.

Recommended Route:
Lock out your suspension if either your front and/or rear locks-out and stick to the manicured, wide, and well maintained cross-country trails ; or ride the boardwalk. Stay away from the ridge along the water. Pure aggravation at minimum ; threat to your life if you dig into all the sand and can't unclip in time to put the correct foot down at the wrong place (not kidding ; I have the scratches and serious limp to prove it) Ride the inland trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
In the area, still like Crab Meadow the most ; then the trails behind the VA hospital (though looking on the USGS maps, I see some of the trails are sewage run offs for the VA Hospital ... eewh)



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.
Reviews 1 - 5 (11 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5
 


Light & Motion:

Taz 800
$139.99
$249.99
Colorado Cyclist


MARZOCCHI:

44 LR 1.5 Tapered Fork
$239.98
$420.00
Blue Sky Cycling