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CAMP GATEWAY, NY

part ofGateway National Recreation Area, National Park Service
Photo: CAMP GATEWAY
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

There's no other campground in the world where a family can sleep under the stars, tour the Statue of Liberty, watch a Broadway musical and kayak in one of the world's premier bird migration sanctuaries-all in one trip. Camp Gateway provides a tranquil outdoor experience right outside the nation's most lively and iconic metropolis- New York City.

Located in Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, New York, the campground offers an outdoor escape for hiking, biking, birding and historic tours of airports and forts.Ranger-led programs are available all summer.

Natural Features:

Gateway National Recreation Area exists within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Among the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

Camp Gateway is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay.

Recreation:

History buffs can visit Civil War-era forts, restored historic aircraft or Nike missile sites. Nature lovers can stroll wooded paths, watch for birds and horseshoe crabs or simply relax. Horseback riding, canoeing and archery are also options.

Facilities:

Public bus transportation takes campers to a subway station for easy access around the New York City metro area. Camp Gateway is open year-round and offers tent and RV camping. Generators are permitted during limited hours at RV sites only. Picnics at Jacob Riis Beach Park from June to December.

Nearby Attractions:

Biking trails weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.

Birders should try the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.

If the big city beckons, head to Riis Landing for seasonal ferry rides to Manhattan. Call for information.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Church
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Paved Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Recycling
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
Less Than 1000 Feet
  • Accessible Vault Toilet
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Basketball Courts
  • Ice Skating
Within 10 Miles
  • Archery
  • Beach Access
  • Fuel Available
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Statue of Liberty
Know Before You Go
  • No electric hookups
  • No RVs allowed on Belt Parkway; take alternate routes on expressways
  • No pets in tent sites
  • No charcoal grills
  • No generators in tent sites
  • No alcohol in campsites
  • No glass containers in campsites
  • Click here for additional information and rules for Camp Gateway

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.59583, -73.88583
40°35'45"N, 73°53'9"W

Passenger vehicles:

Take the Belt Parkway to exit 11S, Flatbush Avenue South. Proceed approximately one mile south to the main entrance of Floyd Bennett Field on the left (the last traffic light before the Gil Hodges Memorial Toll Bridge.) Make a LEFT turn at the light. Follow directions below.

RV Campers/Commerical vehicles:

From Eastern Long Island (North Shore): Take I-495 West (Long Island Expressway) to I-278 West (Brooklyn Queens Expressway). Exit at Tillary Street. Make left at second traffic light onto Flatbush Avenue South. Stay on Flatbush Avenue until just before the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Make left at last traffic light before bridge. Follow directions bellow.

From Central New Jersey: Take I-95 to Exit 13 (Goethels Bridge - toll). Cross bridge to I-278 East. Exit at Fort Hamilton Parkway. Take 65th Street to the end. Make left onto Avenue P. Make right onto Flatbush Avenue. Stay on Flatbush Avenue until just before the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Make left at last traffic light before bridge. Follow directions below.

Public Transportation: Take the Q35 bus to the main entrance.

After turning into Floyd Bennett Field, make first left, then make next right turn. Campground entrance is 1 mile ahead on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CAMP GATEWAY
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn  NY  11234

Phone Number:

Information:  (718)338-3799
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