Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - West Pond

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York

Elevation Gain5ft
Trailhead Elevation18ft
Elevation Min/Max18/23ft
Elevation Start/End18/18ft

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - West Pond

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - West Pond is a hiking trail in New York City, New York. It is within Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 18 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5 feet. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge picnic site and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also parkings. Along the trail there is a coastline.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Christopher & Catherine Brooks
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"This hike is for the birds—and for those who love to observe them in all their curious shapes, plumages, and idiosyncrasies. The richest sightings are during the spring and fall migrations, when the ponds and surrounding marshlands teem with waterfowl, but this is a refuge of calm worth visiting throughout the year. Among its huge array of exotic plants is an abundance of colorful wildflowers that bloom from spring through early autumn."
Quiet Water New York (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
John Hayes & Alex Wilson
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"Huge Jamaica Bay, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, supports an extraordinary number of land, water, and shorebirds that nest, winter, or stopover during migration. At least 325 species have been recorded in the Jamaica Bay environs. The bay supports one of two laughing gull nesting colonies in New York. A diverse group of butterflies, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles—including sea turtles—reside here, as well. It would take several days to explore this wonderful resource fully. Habitat type: large salt marsh estuary, many islands and protected bays; nature trails; development; motors allowed"

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Local Contacts
USGS Far Rockaway, NY. Black-and-white maps are stocked at the visitor center and can also be downloaded from the Brooklyn Bird Clubs website (see Hike Information).
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