Explore the best trails near Brooklyn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
My wife and I did this walk for my birthday...this was one of many activities that she had planned for me. The walk offers great views and the bridge is very unique in its architecture. BE CAREFUL...the bikers seem like they don't want to share and the travel way too fast :)
Very beautiful botanical garden located in the heart of Brooklyn. Nice escape from the busy city and buildings. Beautiful flowers, gardens, lakes, and waterfall. We were there in the Spring and the Cherry trees were in bloom and they were beautiful
I enjoy this walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, so you can see the Manhattan skyline as it begins to light up. This can be accomplished with a late morning visit to Battery Park and a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Once done, come back to Battery Park, catch the R line to Brooklyn Heights. This is a wonderful neighborhood to walk through as you head toward the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, where the East River joins the Hudson. This is a beautiful walk with views of Liberty Island, Battery Park and lower Manhattan. Follow up the greenway toward the Brooklyn Bridge. You must stop at Grimaldi's pizza at the base of the bridge. Delicious coal brick-oven pizza that you will make a regular stop on your trips to the city. After enjoying Grimaldi's, hop up on the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the sights of Manhattan slightly before dusk starts to set in. As you walk, the lights of Manhattan begin to transform the skyline. Get to Manhattan and continue your walk to Little Italy for a gelato, Chinatown for a fun tour of the markets, or catch the subway back to midtown/uptown areas. This is a fun and spectacular day of walking, sightseeing, classic NYC pizza and gelato! Have fun!
By trail, I mean boardwalk. Take the subway out to Coney Island and walk the boardwalk as a loop. Start at any of the entry points and go down and around to the other end until you return to where you began. I guarantee you'll see more than you might have imagined. Likely you also decided to have a Nathan's hotdog or take a dip in the ocean! Why not right? The oceanfront Russian restaurants offer an amazing lunch special everyday in the summer that includes options like Borscht. We love the workout and change of pace from the forest trails.
I walked the Brooklyn Bridge during a business trip on an early morning in September 2010. It offers one of the rare opportunities in New York, Central Par being another one, to escape the urban jungle and catch some fresh air. The views on Manhattan are incredible. Highly recommended for anyone who happens to be in New York, including families. This is also a great running route.
Be careful of bicycles, as the pedestrian portion of the bridge is shared.