4. Gerritsen Creek Nature Trail in Marine Park, Brooklyn
Gerritsen Creek is a freshwater creek on the westernmost inlet of Jamaica Bay and stretches half as far inland as it used to. However, it is still home to bird species like warblers, loons, and pheasants, as well as plant species like ragweed, mulberry trees, and goldenrod.
The entrance to this specific, mile-long trail is at East 33rd and Avenue U. It then runs along the shore of Gerritsen Beach and ends at Jamaica Bay. The trail’s second section winds through tall prairie grass, and you can also kayak nearby. Luckily, the creek is very accessible – there are several trains and buses you can take here.