Explore the most popular trails in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

Great easy hike along the water. It's very pretty. Lots of Canada geese and other birds. Quiet in winter but we met some lovely bird watchers. The visitor center is cool. Ms 7 loved it.

Easy Trail and good for Bird-watching

Nice easy trail with ample parking near the visitor center. We only did the pond loop portion. There were tons of mosquitos in mid-September, even with long sleeves and bug spray we got eaten up. Trail had distant NYC Skyline views, and was good for bird-watching.

Nice and easy trail around the Pond and Jamaica Bay about 1.6 miles. Great view of NYC skyline saw two Osprey in their nest.

nice leisurely walk, surrounded by nature and birds

Nice easy walk with family, lots of birds, plants, and views, but extremely buggy. Even with heavy duty bug spray on, we got swarmed badly.

The Loop is back! The breach has been repaired. Go here periodically for a quick get away, nice hike with many options for a short to long walk

Thu Apr 05 2018

Great for bird watching.

Very easy four and a half miles...give or take. There wasn't a lot of wildlife this go around. I'll have to go back later in the spring. With the government shutdown... the visitor's center was not open, which is always a shame. Children in Congress making decisions that have impacts that are far reaching. Regardless. It's only about an hour or so train ride from mid-town (A train). so you can leave at 9am and be on the trail before 11. It's close enough that after the hike, you can take the shuttle train to Rockaway and enjoy some beach time.

bird watching
Fri Jul 28 2017

Great variety of birds and beautiful views of skyline and Jamaica Bay. Be sure to check out the visitor's center. Binoculars are available upon request. Bug spray recommend for summer months.

Love seeing the local sea birds and the views of the city skyline from such a serene location.

bird watching
Wed Mar 02 2016

Wonderful trail for water birds. Many herons and sandpipers to be found. Don't visit in the summer. Temperatures get extremely hot.

nice quick trail loop ! Osprey nests too.

Trail is not a loop Loop trail breached by superstorm sandy It is necessary to go partway round the trail, backtrack and then go the other way

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018