The roads that reach their logical absurd conclusions along the Arthur Kill are a bit problematic for people like me who want to see a clear end. They are often a bit conflicted about what to do at the end of it all: continue all the way into the water, or just meander off into the bushes or maybe, as I have often found, continue rolling ever onward beyond locked gates. That was the case with River Road, a street I would love to follow to the water, as it ends near the Prall’s River, a mile long strait in the Arthur Kill separating the bird sanctuary Prall’s Island from Staten Island. On a map, River Road continues on past the railroad track for quite a ways, coming dangerously close to the dismal black waters of Prall’s River, but in reality, the publicly accessible part of it ends at a gate just beyond the tracks.
Still, it is a picturesque ride down River Road (named for the extremely obscure Prall’s River?). That is, if you enjoy riding under droopy power lines just a few feet overhead and crossing marshy creeks that, which their polluted waters, seem to take the name “kill” a little too literally. I did manage to get a glimpse of the northern edge of the Prall’s River, though. Note that this area is not part of Fresh Kills Park and as far as I know, is not protected from development.