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Cross Bay and West Pond Loop Trail

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Cross Bay and West Pond Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New York City, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

23 days ago

Great for families and jogging. Beautiful birds.

1 month ago

Nice place, I would make it a little shorter)

1 month ago

I walk here two to three times a week as the sun falls. Beautiful and peaceful, great place to gather your thoughts.

Walking around during pandemic and it was beautiful but desolate. Met a elderly man from Ireland. Very nice and friendly.

3 months 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.

bird watching
5 months ago

Easy Trail and good for Bird-watching

8 months ago

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.

Sun Nov 04 2018

nice leisurely walk, surrounded by nature and birds

Wed Oct 24 2018

Wed Jul 25 2018

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.

Sat Apr 14 2018

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.

Sun Jan 21 2018

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.

Mon Jul 10 2017

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.

Fri Aug 07 2015

nice quick trail loop ! Osprey nests too.

Sun Jan 19 2014

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

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