Jamaica Bay

Brooklyn, New York

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Jamaica Bay is part of the 26,000-acre Gateway National Recreation Area and one of the most important wildlife refuges in the country, encompassing natural habitats that range from bay waters to salt marsh to upland fields. Taking in an area that’s larger than Manhattan, it harbors more than 330 species of migratory birds. This ride circumnavigates the bay along 20 miles of bikeways, crossing creeks and estuaries along the way, and brushing through a range of eco- systems. From the bridgeway peaks you’ll catch some singular views of the diminutive skyline and Verrazano- Narrows Bridge in the distance and a stretch of boardwalk biking brings you to the ocean.
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by Mary Staub (Falcon Guides)

Jamaica Bay is part of the 26,000-acre Gateway National Recreation Area and one of the most important wildlife refuges in the country, encompassing natural habitats that range from bay waters to salt marsh to upland fields. Taking in an area that’s larger than Manhattan, it harbors more than 330 species of migratory birds.

This ride circumnavigates the bay along 20 miles of bikeways, crossing creeks and estuaries along the way, and brushing through a range of eco- systems. From the bridgeway peaks you’ll catch some singular views of the diminutive skyline and Verrazano- Narrows Bridge in the distance and a stretch of boardwalk biking brings you to the ocean.

© 2014 Mary Staub/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Brooklyn
Distance: 20.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 3 hours
Local Maps: New York City Bike Map, Harbor Parks Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Map: www.harborparks.org, National Parks Service Gateway National Recreation Area Jamaica Bay Bike Map: www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/upload/RGG_map2.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Jamaica Bay

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