Sprain Ridge Park - Mountain Biking

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Sprain Ridge isn't for beginners—with 5 miles of technical trails, you'll get your MTB fix despite being near the city in this 268-acre park located between the north and south lanes of the Sprain Ridge parkway. If you take the advanced lines, be ready for some log hops!

Written by

Molly Hurford


4.25 miles

The main loop is 4.25 miles, but you can connect trails and get up to 12 miles in.

Destination Distance From Downtown

14.2 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$60 county park pass is valid for three years

Land Website

Sprain Ridge Park



To those who think that there is a lack of technical riding terrain near New York City: You’re just plain wrong. While most of the trails that MTBers use in the city limits are technically not legal for mountain biking, they’re also not fantastic for it. But if you head just 20 minutes north of the city, just outside of the Bronx, you can find a technical mecca of mountain biking, all in a tiny, tiny park hidden off of the Sprain Brook Parkway.

What Makes It Great

Step one: find the damn park. It’s harder than your map will suggest, since your map will insist that it’s literally directly off the highway. Not true. Take the Jackson Avenue exit though, and just go about a half mile down the road. You’ll pass a funky food truck in a parking lot if the weather is good—note that, as you’ll probably need a post-ride snack after your adventure.

When you do pull into the park (free parking and plenty of it, hooray!) you’ll feel disappointed. Where are the trails? How can it be any good? It’s so small! Look in the corner of the lot, back towards the road. See that tiny trailhead, the break between the fence? The thing that cannot possibly be a designated mountain bike trail, because come on, how are you supposed to get over that rock pile and squeeze between those trees? Yeah. That’s the easy part.

Get ready for some monster technical trails—12 miles of them in the tiny three-square-mile park, to be precise. Or, as one lovely gentleman with the most New York accent I’ve ever heard coming from someone with a $10,000 mountain bike, “You can get all the way to the REI, then back.”

He also asked if I was training for a Spartan race, but that isn’t the point.

Anyway, the main loop is about 4.25 miles, but if you jump around on all of the trails, you’ll make it to 12. And it’s a long 12, at that.

Within the first 100 yards, you’ll encounter rock drops, log hops and a whole lot of rock garden. Strange bridges, trails that seemingly disappear until you look closer and realize that yes, they do expect you to ride over that are everywhere. Despite occasional glimpses of civilization, you forget where you are, because you’re so focused on each turn and feature in your path. 

On weekends, definitely get there early, since those in the know start hitting the trails around 9 AM and it can get pretty crowded fast, since there’s not a lot of room for passing on the trails. The crowds are sparse on weekdays though, so consider heading out on a Monday rather than a Saturday.

While there, don’t expect swaths of fire road to provide a break. Be ready to go hard, and be prepared for flats—and bring more water than you think you’ll need. I wasn’t lying when I said it’s a slow four miles around.

Whoever told you New York City doesn’t have technical riding is lying. Get even: Take them to Sprain Ridge, and watch them squirm.

Who is Going to Love It

If you love riding technical trails, you’ll be in heaven. And if you get there early enough, you might even have the place to yourself.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The park is located at 149 Jackson Avenue, in Yonkers. 

Sprain Ridge is open daily from 8 a.m. - dusk.

Note: technically a Westchester Park Pass is required (and a good idea for anyone who’s venturing north of Manhattan to get to the best trails) but you won’t be asked for one upon entrance. Just be prepared for the potential of a ticket, or shell out the $60 and be good for the next three years.


Sprain Ridge Park

149 Jackson Avenue
Yonkers, NY, 10705
40.986172, -73.859751

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