“A pleasant forest loop in the heart of Queens, New York.”
— Didier Morelli
Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife
In order to access the Orange Loop, you can start from either Park Lane South or Myrtle Avenue. There's no "parking lot", but plenty of room to park on the street and make your way onto it from the street. From Myrtle Avenue, cross the bridge on Myrtle Ave and make a sharp right into the woods. Follow the Blue Trail
immediately ahead, and run a few feet until you reach the intersection with the Orange Trail
Make a sharp left here and follow the Orange Trail
for the rest of the run. The first section has a small incline, followed by a drop into a nice pine wooded area. Coming out of here, you continue across the train tracks (make sure to look both ways before crossing). You then continue onto a slight downgrade, coming across a horse-crossing area.
Following a small climb, you'll make your way along Jackie Robinson Parkway (along the trail) and up to Forest Park Drive. Instead of following the road, continue onto the Orange Trail
, which takes you up into the trees. This is asphalt, but you can run on the shoulder which is dirt. Make a sharp right and cross Forest Park Drive into a short climb. This is followed by a downhill crossing the main horse path.
Cross the bridge that goes over the train tacks, make a sharp right at the end of it onto the Orange Trail
again. This section is nice and downhill, followed by a small up-climb. Coming across Forest Park Drive again, you'll head into Pine Grove—make sure to enjoy the smell of this area.
You'll then have a small climb, followed by a big downhill (the biggest on the course). Cross Forest Park Drive again, following the Orange Trail
until you come into a nice gradual climb. The top of this climb will give you a good view of parts of the park. Complete the Orange Trail
loop with another small climb, and you're done!
Flora & Fauna
Hawks, chipmunks, robins, woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays, crows, squirrels, raccoons, horses, dogs, etc.