The Shore Parkway Greenway Trail is comprised of two disconnected segments along the New York Harbor that together offer more than 12 miles of paved pathway on Brooklyn's southern border. Between the two segments sits Coney Island, well-known for its amusement parks and sandy beaches.
Originally built in the 1940s, the trail has received many improvements in recent years to repair its aging, pockmarked surface, reinforce the seawall and beautify the walkway with trees.
The western segment of the trail begins in Owl's Head Park, a pretty hillside area offering a playground, skate ramps and restrooms. The park is a nice place to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the skyline and the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. From there, the trail closely traces Shore Parkway along the waterfront and ends at Bensonhurst Park, which sports a picturesque promenade on Gravesend Bay.
The eastern portion begins near the intersection of Emmons Avenue and Brigham Street. From there, the trail goes east along Shore Parkway and soon enters Brooklyn Marine Park, a wildlife preserve with grassland and salt marsh habitats. After crossing the Mill Basin Bridge, the trail continues past the McGuire Fields ballparks, Canarsie Park and the Canarsie Pier, a popular fishing and picnicking spot. The trail ends in Queens, shortly after passing through the Gateway National Recreation Area, a wetlands preserve and natural treasure for bird watching, hiking, biking and water sports.
Parking and Trail Access
A large parking lot can be found at Bensonhurst Park on 22nd Avenue and Shore Parkway. Subway riders can take the R train to the Bay Ridge Avenue Station; the trail begins at the southwest corner of Owl's Head Park (53 68th Street), about four blocks away.
A parking lot is available at Plumb Beach, just off the Belt Parkway, east of Exit 9 Knapp Street. Further east, another lot is available at the Canarsie Pier on Jamaica Bay.