Brooklyn Bridge Walk

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Brooklyn Bridge Walk is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brooklyn, New York that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

river

views

historic site

This is a fun and scenic walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn across one of the country's most famous bridges. This can be a crowded or mellow stroll across the East River. Drink vendors line the bridge, which can be helpful in warm, humid weather. To your right, you can spy the Statue of Liberty in the distance, along with dozens of boats and helicopters. To your left is the Manhattan Bridge. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by German civil engineer John Augustus Roebling. The bridge's construction became a family affair, when Roebling fell ill and enlisted his adult son, Washington, to lead the project. Not long after Washington assumed the charge of the bridge did he also need to pass the baton after he suffered permanent physical damage while working in the sealed underwater foundations for the two towers (an ailment known as caisson disease, decompression sickness or more commonly "the bends"). Washington put his wife Emily in charge, and for more than a decade she managed the day-to-day operations of the bridge construction, bringing instructions from her bed-ridden husband to the job site and updates back to him. She became highly knowledgable about the engineering intricacies of the bridge, impressing politicians and other engineers with her capabilities and leadership. In the official opening ceremony, on May 24, 1883, Emily was the first person to cross the bridge.

walking
9 days ago

Great views all around but extremely crowded and way too many rude cyclists. Very touristy but definitely something you should do once.

hiking
19 days ago

2nd time in NYC and the Brooklyn Bridge walk is a must. The view of the city is amazing.

walking
3 months ago

Great views out over the East River and back toward New York Harbor, and some interesting historical markers along the way. One of the most iconic bridges in the world. But man does it get crowded! Keep out of the bike lane unless you want to get run over. Nice walk to DUMBO where you can have a quick lunch, then return to Manhattan.

hiking
3 months ago

Crossed this off my to-do list. Such a historically important bridge, was cool to walk through history a little bit. I went at 7am on a drizzly Thursday morning, so crowds weren't too bad.

walking
6 months ago

Did this one at night. Exhilarating walk above the river with cars flight by and city lights all around!

Enjoy!

walking
6 months ago

Amazing scenery

8 months ago

Stunning views, but so crowded.

hiking
8 months ago

I have always enjoyed walking across bridges. The Brooklyn Bridge walk was most awesome

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My favorite view of the city, especially when you continue walking along to the Heights.

walking
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I love this view of the city.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

just dobt like hights and the fact it could fall at any moment so ya...

walking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017

A fun walk with some nice scenery. Great exercise with some additional walking opportunity's on either side.

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

awesome ride on the bridge!

walking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Iconic thing to do when in NYC. We walked from Brooklyn towards Manhattan so we could see Manhattan as we crossed the bridge. Very busy with lots of people and bikes.

walking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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 :)

Friday, August 05, 2016

what a wonderful view, I hope I can go there one day.

walking
Friday, July 29, 2016

I enjoy walking across bridges. Brooklyn Bridge was an awesome one to cross with the crowd out of NYC.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Help - these apps are not found in the Australian iTunes store and Apple won't let me buy items from the US store.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We started on the Brooklyn side - but ran - through Chinatown and back! Loved every step of it!

Monday, September 20, 2010

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.

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