Sheepshead Bay is in Brooklyn, sharing a border with the Marine Park Golf Course which leads into extensive marshland. This neighborhood offers diverse walking with options for neighborhood walking, exploration through a natural swampy area, or lovely Brighton Beach which is not far away.
Throughout most of Sheepshead Bay, there are charming brick homes that are spaced flush together with little or no yard between home and sidewalk. There is no divider between sidewalk and road either, so this is not the best neighborhood to bike or skate with your dog at your side.
The walk along the bay itself is beautiful, and there is enough sidewalk that you can avoid pedestrians if you have good control of your dog. The breezes coming from the bay will make this a pleasant walk even on hot New York days. For a more diverse experience, head past the golf courses to the North Forty Natural Area and Four Sparrow Marsh.
Sheepshead Bay is an attractive neighborhood, but makes for tight city walking throughout most of its streets. For the best walking within Sheepshead Bay, head towards the bay for a lovely walk along the water. A wide path that stretches for a long way unbroken by intersecting traffic along with lovely views of the water and the boats in the marinas make this a great walk to take with your dog.
If you are willing to take a bit of a hike for a chance to play and swim on a beach, head towards the coast and Brighton Beach where you and your dog can have fun playing on the sand and in the waves.
For exploration in a diverse natural habitat, head towards the North Forty Natural Area and Four Sparrow Marsh. The terrain varies here between dry hiking trails and marshy areas, along with several sandy beaches for you to enjoy with your dog.
Sheepshead Bay has access to a gorgeous green space in the North Forty Natural Area and surrounding marshland. This wild space has sandy walking trails for you to explore with your dog and stretches from the golf courses all the way down to the Mill Basin. Here, a lovely little sandy beach will give you and your dog something new and interesting to explore every time you come here. Four Sparrow Marsh also offers a natural boggy area with little creeks and grassy spaces for a curious pup to investigate.
If you want to explore this wild and difficult-to-traverse terrain with your dog, be sure that your dog is up for it and wear waders or use a canoe or kayak. You can follow the North Forty Natural Area’s beach all the way along the Mill Basin around the airport for a beautiful natural beach walk that both you and your dog will love.