Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway

New York

Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Facts

States: New York
Counties: Nassau
Length: 3.6 miles
Trail end points: Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7986095
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Description

Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway, which opened in June 2014, runs just shy of 4 miles between Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach. Both beaches permit swimming and provide opportunities to purchase food and refreshments.

The paved trail parallels the north side of Ocean Parkway (a guiderail and wide median separates users from traffic) and offers views of South Oyster Bay and the Atlantic Ocean along Long Island’s southern shore.

From the trail’s western end, you can extend your journey on the Jones Beach Bikeway, which heads north to Cedar Creek Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking available at Jones Beach State Park (1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh) and Tobay Beach.

Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Reviews

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.

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).

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.

Accordion

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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