Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

New York

Shore Parkway Greenway Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Kings, Queens
Length: 12.4 miles
Trail end points: 84th St. (Queens) and 68th St. (Brooklyn)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6576124
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Shore Parkway Greenway Trail Description

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.

The eastern portion also connects to the Flatbush Avenue Greenway at the Marine Parkway Bridge. Both trails are part of the Jamaica Bay Greenway, a developing paved loop around the bay.

 

Parking and Trail Access

Western segment: 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.

Eastern segment: 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.

Shore Parkway Greenway Trail Reviews

The stretch between Verrazano Bridge and Ceasar's Bay Shopping Center along Gravesend Bay is riddled with thousands of cracks and holes causing flat tires. This Bike trail has gotten worst ever since Hurricane Sandy hit the shores in October of 2012. Bike, Walk, Jog at your own risk. A disgrace for New York City.

After reading reviews on this site, we drove to & parked at Toys R Us. We rode first to the bridge, then continued on to the end, the pier. For an early afternoon on a Saturday is was not too crowded, but we did have to slow down around the more busy areas. During the first half of the ride we had the wind to our back; on the return trip we had the wind in our face. Although that felt good, it definitely slowed us down, and took a bit more effort. As previously described, there are plenty of benches to rest and a great photo op at the Verrazano. It was fun, safe, and did not take too long. The parking was not problematic. There are some repairs that need to be made in the paths, like one deep hole and many cracks, but overall our experience was better than anticipated. I would do it again.

I usually ride this from 84 st in Howard Beach (plenty of parking right on the corner) to Floyd Bennett Field or Fort Tilden (roughly 10 miles) ..from 84st to just after Canarsie pier(has bathroom,sometimes food truck, great rest point) is all like brand new. The Mill Basin bridge is the one that has a guard rail for half the bridge pathway is thin and is pretty sketchy. :) but its not bad enough to make me avoid it. Once u get to Flatbush u can cross and head west to Plumb beach(bathroom/rest area) or go south to Floyd Bennett(bathrooms and rest area) its never really crowded and is a good run. I do carry pepper spray incase any animals jump out of the bushes. :)

I prefer it to the Verrazano portion only because its less crowded,longer and closer to me..... but the views by the Verrazano are surely better as is people watching :)

Accordion

My wife and I have ridden the Shore Parkway Trail from Owl's Head Park to the Verrazano Bridge many times. That section of the trail is excellent. It has separate walking and biking trails, side by side. There are shade trees and benches and you can stop and enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of waterfront that New York has to offer. We've also ridden the trail further along, past the bridge, to the end of the first section. It's still pretty nice, but the benches and trees are gone. If these 2 parts were the entire trail, I would give it 4 stars. Yesterday we finally rode the second section, starting at Brigham Street and heading out towards JFK airport. That part of the Shore Parkway Trail takes you very close to speeding cars. The trails takes you over some bridges, where you are literally riding on a 4 foot wide sidewalk, with no barrier between you and 60 mph highway traffic. We will never ride that section again, and I would rate it 1 star.

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