SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Backpacker Magazine – June 2005

Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

by: Melissa Wagenburg


©Francois Portman
New York City

In the city

New York Greenways Spin through a surprisingly wild seashore-and a living, breathing city-on this 50-mile ride to Coney Island and beyond.

New Yorkers like to brag about their restaurants; good thing most of them don't know how good their riding is, too. This epic follows the New York Greenways path from Prospect Park in Brooklyn to the Coney Island boardwalk, then loops around Jamaica Bay, home of a flourishing wildlife refuge. Total distance is about 50 miles, but there are several bailouts. From Prospect Park, head south to Ocean Parkway, cruising for about 4.5 miles on the nation's first designated bikeway (it opened with a brass band in 1895). You'll dead-end at Coney Island, a blue-collar resort area once famous for its vast amusement park. Eat a Nathan's hotdog (the institution originated here in 1916), then ride east to Emmons Avenue, where you can either subway home or pick up the Shore Parkway Bike Path. If you opt for the latter, slow down long enough to take in the Gateway National Recreation Area, a major pit stop for shorebirds migrating on the Atlantic flyway. At Canarsie Beach the trail gets dodgy--you'll need nubby tires and some perseverance for a few minutes--but it smoothes out again after the abandoned landfills (quit whining; we said it's an urban ride). Turn right at Cross Bay Blvd. and take the bridge to Rockaway Beach, a popular swimming and surfing spot where you can cool off--then catch the Long Island Railroad back to Manhattan or complete the loop back to Ocean Parkway via the Marine Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.

Get There Take the Q, S, or B train to the Prospect Park Station.

Get Info NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation: (212) 639-9675; www.nycgovparks.org




Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

steve
Jul 18, 2011

if u come to texas now bring your own ice

oscardougal
Jul 14, 2011

Ummm...sea turtles?

MJ
Jul 14, 2011

DC's "Central Park" is Rock Creek Park. Head in there and you'll forget you're in the big city!

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 Shot Down
Posted On: Jul 22, 2014
Submitted By: High_Sierra_Fan
Gear
Gear you once poo-pooed but now love?
Posted On: Jul 22, 2014
Submitted By: Ben2World
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions