Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

New York, Brooklyn, Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

The Shore Parkway Greenway Trail includes two disconnected sections along the New York Harbor which together provide a paved pathway on Brooklyn’s southern border. Standing between the two sections is Coney Island, a residential Brooklyn neighborhood that famous for its amusement park and sandy beaches.


For Western section, a large parking lot is available at Bensonhurst Park on 22nd Avenue and Shore Parkway. For subway riders, take the R train to the Bay Ridge Avenue Station. The trail commences at the southwest corner of Owl’s Head Park on 53 68th Street.

For Eastern section, you may find a parking lot at Plumb Beach, east of Exit 9 Knapp Street. Otherwise, another lot is at the Canarsie Pier on Jamaica Bay.

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Though originally built in the 1940s, the trail has been ameliorated recently. People repaired its aging and pockmarked surface; they also reinforce the seawall and beautify the walkway with trees.

With the western section, you may start the trail from Owl’s Head Park. There is a playground, skate ramps, and restrooms offered in this hillside area. You can also find here shade trees and nice benches. Begin your ride from here will give you a chance to contemplate the sunset as well as the nice views of skyline and majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The trail then from this place, follows Shore Parkway along the waterfront and ends at Bensonhurst Park, where providing a picturesque ride on Gravesend Bay.

With the eastern section, you can start the trail nearly from the intersection of Emmons Avenue and Brigham Street. From this point, head east along Shore Parkway and pass Brooklyn Marine Park. This spot offers a wildlife preserve with grassland and salt marsh habitats. Then cross the Mill Basin Bridge and continue past the McGuire Fields ballparks, Canarsie Park and the Canarsie Pier, where you can find a fishing spot and picnic area. Finally, after passing through the Gateway National Recreation Area, slowly stop in Queens, also the endpoint of the trail. You can see a wetland preserve as well as natural treasure for bird watching, biking, and water sports in Gateway National Recreation Area.

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26.264 km / 16.32 mi

Total Distance

116 m / 379 ft

Total Ascent

117 m / 383 ft

Total Descent

10 m / 34 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Poor
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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