Vanderbilt Motor Parkway

New York

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Vanderbilt Motor Parkway Facts

States: New York
Counties: Queens
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Alley Pond Park (79-25 Winchester Blvd, Queens Village) and Cunningham Park (199th Street, Flushing)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9253527

Vanderbilt Motor Parkway Description

<p>This trail is the legacy of the first elevated roadway in the United States, constructed by William K. Vanderbilt in 1904. Vanderbilt created the parkway to get to his family&rsquo;s estate in Long Island, but it was also a playground for him and his fellow car enthusiasts, hosting a number of road races. Today, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway is a popular space for human-powered recreation with motorized traffic having ceased in 1938. Trees border much of the trail, providing leafy cover from summer sunshine. The trail corridor is wide and welcoming. Unpaved paths veer into some of the wooded areas along the route. The trail is anchored by two parks: to the east and Cunningham Park To the west, Alley Pond Park. It&rsquo;s an engaging course, traveling through woods, along backyards and playgrounds, and over and under major roadways. The Motor Parkway is part of the greater Boston-Queens Greenway network.</p>

Parking and Trail Access

<p>Parking is available at Alley Pond Park (79-25 Winchester Blvd, Queens Village). From here trail can be accessed at either the Winchester Boulevard trail marker, &nbsp;or by following path behind the tennis courts <br />Parking is also available at Cunningham Park (196-10 Union Turnpike, Flushing). Trail access point is across Union Turnpike on 199th Street (Street parking may be available here). &nbsp;<br /> <br />Additional parking lot may be foound at tHills Terrace between 73rd Ave and Union Turnpike</p>

Vanderbilt Motor Parkway Reviews

It's not bad

It's not too long, but watch out for sharp turns and steep climb onto the cross over bridge.
Also there were junkies in the Allie pond park parking lot asking people for money.

Entire trail now reopened, repaved, with historic signs

The history of the Long Island Motor Parkway (as it was first recalled) is revealed with signage along the length of the Parkway, including the site of the Jacob Johnson Family Burial Ground who appears in the 1830 Census as a "free colored man." At least two of his sons served in a segregated unit in the Civil War. He was a farmer in the area until retirement when he lived very close to Alley Pond.
The length of the entire park roadway, designated as part of the Greenway, has been repaved.
Review other park features when you come. In another area of the larger Alley Pond Park is found the oldest and tallest tree in NYC, already growing at the time of George Washington, known as the Alley Pond Giant. Hiking trails throughout the Park are well maintained.

Vanderbilt Motor Parkway

I rode it with my bike it was good ride.I will be doing it again. It was clean and well maintained. A lot of walkers.

Nice walk

I never have been in this place before Is so nice, clean and secure. I would walk again definitely.


December 2021 Update

The entire trail is now reopened, with resurfacing from Springfield Blvd. to Winchester.

closed till Fall 2021

They are in the process of re surfacing the trail and the sign says completion Fall 2021.

under construction


It’s longer than 3 miles!!! 8 miles+

A hidden gem in Queens. The actual Vanderbilt section might only be 3 miles but you can bike from Alley Pond Park near the tennis bubble all the way to Citifield in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. That’s more than 8 miles of biking only crossing 4 or 5 streets. All of it is through or alongside parks where cars cannot run you over. Great, underutilized trail!!!

This trail is great for biking but there are a lot of people who use it for walking.

This trail is great for biking but there are a lot of people who use it for walking.

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