Prospect Park West Bike Path

Prospect Park, New York 11217

Distance0.9mi
Elevation Gain49ft
Trailhead Elevation153ft
Top164ft
Elevation Min/Max144/164ft
Elevation Start/End153/153ft

Prospect Park West Bike Path

Prospect Park West Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in New York City, New York. It is within Prospect Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 153 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 49 feet. Pospect Park North and other bicycle parkings are near the trailhead. There is also drinking water. Along the trail there are yeses, woods, and a bicycle parking. This trail connects with the following: 3rd Street Exit, 9th Street Entrance and West Drive.

Prospect Park West Bike Path Professional Reviews and Guides

"Prospect Park serves New York City’s most populated borough with almost 600 acres of rolling meadows, dense woodlands, steep ravines, historic buildings, waterways, and more. This route orbits the park along its car-free outer drive and then cuts through the interior along its central drive.

Cycle past ball fields, around a 60-acre lake, and stop off at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens or park zoo if you wish. At the end of your journey, replenish with a picnic and rest on the Long Meadow or by the boathouse. This is an excellent ride for families and all cyclists looking for a respite from urban life."

"Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, pioneers of landscape architecture and the urban parks movement in the United States, are most famous for Central Park but were prouder of Prospect Park. When they had designed Central Park a decade earlier, they were frustrated by certain restrictions, such as the required rectangular shape. Freed of such constraints for Prospect Park, nature-loving Olmsted and Vaux created a park they considered more naturalistic.

Before construction commenced in the 1860s, Brooklynites had only Green-Wood Cemetery and 30-acre Washington (Fort Greene) Park for a bucolic escape. By the time Prospect Park was completed in 1873, they would find within its 526 acres a natural forest, meadows, rolling hills, and a series of waterways coursing through the eastern half and emptying into a lake. The park also contains some notable statuary and architecture, as well as historic and recreational accouterments ranging from solemn war memorials to a Children’s Corner complete with a zoo and carousel."

"Designed by famed park architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, Prospect Park offers the visiting hiker and canine companion 585 glorious acres to explore. Opened in 1868, the park embraces a fabulous lawn, a sixty-acre lake, and numerous viewpoints. But what makes this park truly unique for canine visitors is the dog beach. If your dog swims, he’ll fall in love with Prospect Park."

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Trail Information

Prospect Park
Nearby City
Prospect Park
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Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Prospect Park Alliance
Local Contacts
New York City Bike Map, Prospect Park Map available for download at www.prospectpark.org/visit/plan/map
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