Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway

New York

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Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Facts

States: New York
Counties: Nassau
Length: 3.6 miles
Trail end points: Field 5 near Wantagh State Pkwy. and Ocean Pkwy. (Wantagh) and Tobay Beach, 0.8 mile west of Ocean Pkwy. and W. Gilgo Beach (Oyster Bay)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7986095

Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Description

Like Wantagh State Parkway, Ocean Parkway was built in the postwar 1930s to provide access to the crown jewel of the state park system, Jones Beach State Park. Unlike the former road, however, this one travels east–west and only recently added a pathway for nonmotorized traffic. The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway currently parallels its namesake roadway nearly 4 miles between the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater and the town of Oyster Bay, but there are plans to extend the trail farther east to Captree State Park for a possible total of 15 miles.

The trail begins where the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway ends, at Zachs Bay. The trail borders the northern side of the parkway, separated from the road by a grassy median and guardrail. The bay is to your left for about the first third of your journey. As you set off, you get a postcard-perfect panorama of the theater sitting right on the edge of the water, but the vegetation soon rises high enough to form a screen.

As you ride on, the vegetation flattens out in places, opening up views of the marshland beyond. Mile markers painted on the asphalt help you keep track of how far you’ve gone. About midway, a Jones Beach State Park sign appears in the park’s signature Art Deco style, a style that is echoed in many of the park’s other structures, including the iconic Jones Beach Water Tower, looming to the west of the trail.

The trail ends at Tobay Beach in the town of Oyster Bay, where it loops around for a smooth transition back to the starting point. Bikes are prohibited on the beach, but there’s plenty of bike parking outside the turnstile entryway. Tobay Beach features restaurants, a water park, and a marina. On weekends and holidays the beach is for town residents only, but nonresidents can access it for a fee on weekdays.

You can extend your ride by continuing on the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway north from Field 5 in Jones Beach State Park to Cedar Creek Park in Seaport. Alternatively, you could choose to combine your ride with a beach day and use the tunnels near the western endpoint of the trail to cross underneath Ocean Parkway and reach the Jones Beach Boardwalk. Bicyclists must go slowly on the boardwalk, as it tends to be teeming with enthusiastic beachgoers.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking available at Jones Beach State Park (1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh). To access the western end of the trail from I-495 E, take Exit 38 for Northern State Pkwy. Merge onto Northern State Pkwy., and travel 1.6 miles to Exit 31A for Jones Beach. You will now be traveling south on Meadowbrook State Pkwy. Continue 12.8 miles, then cross Jones Bay. Shortly after crossing the water, the road becomes Ocean Pkwy. Travel east on Ocean Pkwy. 2.4 miles to reach the entrance to Field 6 in Jones Beach State Park, which will be on your right. Note that there is an entrance fee for the park. Once parked, use the tunnel near the East Bathhouse to head under Ocean Pkwy. and access the trail on the other side. Turn right on the trail to travel on the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway (turning left will put you on the Jones Beach Bikeway going north).

For nonresidents, parking on the east end of the trail at Tobay Beach in Oyster Bay may be prohibitively expensive ($50), with limited availability (only weekdays) during the summer season. Therefore, visitors may prefer to park on the west end of the trail.

Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Reviews

Ocean Parkway closed at Tobay beach going East

07/11/20 Rode from Ellen Farrante to Ocean Parkway and found it closed at Tobay beach- Good news was beach and changing rooms open and safe.

Great Ride!

18.35 mile round trip for me from the Cedar Creek Park on the Jones Beach Bikeway connecting to the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway at the Jones Beach theater. Beautiful ride, the food stands come in handy too!

Ocean breezes and highway sounds

Thursday, August 09, 2018, 90'F and humid
Yeah, a good ride, which connects via tunnels under the highway to Jones Beach and a more direct connection to the 5-mile bike path that goes north to the mainland. Get sweaty then enjoy the salty ocean beach waters. A go

Sweet ride...

Relaxed, smooth path and easy to follow. Not much shade but the cool breeze from the ocean makes up for it. Praying for the day this gets further extended. It's a Long Island gem. Thank you to all who make these trails possible.

Accordion

Good in-line early bird skating

Really nice path for in-line skating, but...the only way to deal with Tobay beach "residents only" parking is to get there before they start charging for the day (I think at 8am. I was there at 7am).

Nice Ride

We just did this ride for the first time this morning. We rode on the Jones Beach boardwalk for a bit, then to Tobay and back. Tobay Beach was closed, but no bikes are allowed there anyway, according to the sign. There's room to park the bike and take a break before riding back.

The path itself is great. Smooth, scenic, and safe.

Ocean Parkway Greenway Trail

This description needs to be updated.
TOBAY is the town beach for TOWN OF OYSTER BAY and during "the season" it designed for residents only. As a resident, you must pay a daily fee per car or purchase a season pass in order to park in the lot for beach access.
Week days from Memorial day to Labor day non-residents may enter but it is at a steep cost of $20 per car load. On weekends Memorial day to Labor day you MUST be a resident.
The rest of the year ALL may access the parks and parking lot but there are no facilities like bathrooms and concession stands, these are only open during the season. After that you are SOL. Literally.

TECHNICALLY - You cannot start your ride from there as there is no way out to the path. But we have been going around the fences or up the exit ramp to Ocean Parkway and about 100 ft on the parkway to the trailhead all thanks to the newly installed ridiculous turnstile. I get the point of the turnstile, preventing folks from riding in the lots and /or to the two restaurants. TOBAY has a no bike riding, skates or scooters policy in the parking lots.
Many of us residents want to start from TOBAY without the fence climbing and danger of the roadway. I hope that the TOWN and the STATE can come together on a solution since it is a fantastic path for bike and fitness.





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