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John Muir Nature Trail

Hiking Trails

Happy trails await you in a New York City park. Pick a trail based on preferred difficulty, distance, or scenery; pack plenty of water and sunscreen; layer your clothing; and hit the road!

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Locations

Arden Woods Trail

Location: Arden Woods
Arden & Legate Avenue
Park Name: Arden Woods
Length: 1.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Clove Lakes Park Trail

Location: Clove Lakes Park
Victory Boulevard
Park Name: Clove Lakes Park
Length: 3.0 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Visitors can enjoy walks by its valley lakes, ascend pathways through wooded hills, pause along its picturesque bridges, or visit New York City’s largest tulip tree.

Deere Park Blue Trail

Location: Deere Park
Staten Island Boulevard
Park Name: Deere Park
Length: 12.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: This is the Greenbelt’s longest marked trail. Its northeastern trailhead at the Greenbelt’s Deere Park can be accessed from Staten Island Boulevard. Walk the trail to its end, near the Brielle Avenue-Roanoake Street intersection in Willowbrook, and you will either pass through or have a view of each of the Greenbelt’s five distinct vegetation zones.

Greenbelt Blue Trail (Southern Trailhead)

Location: Latourette Park & Golf Course
Brielle Avenue & Roanoake Street
Park Name: La Tourette Parks & Golf Course
Length: 12.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: This is the Greenbelt’s longest marked trail. Its northeastern trailhead at the Greenbelt’s Deere Park can be accessed from Staten Island Boulevard. Walk the trail to its end, near the Brielle Avenue-Roanoake Street intersection in Willowbrook, and you will either pass through or have a view of each of the Greenbelt’s five distinct vegetation zones.

Greenbelt Nature Center Trail

Location: Latourette Park & Golf Course
Rockland & Brielle avenues
Park Name: La Tourette Parks & Golf Course
Length: 0.85 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: This gentle walk takes you through a forest of red maple, black birch, cherry, tulip, and sassafras trees. In the understory, there is an abundance of spicebush, which produces bright red berries in the fall. The trail connects to the blue trail and the white trail.

Greenbelt Red Trail

Location: Latourette Park & Golf Course
Richmond Road and St. Patrick's Place
Park Name: La Tourette Parks & Golf Course
Length: 4.0 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: This loop trail is in the heart of the Greenbelt, which is also home to six other picturesque hiking trails on which urban explorers can discover Staten Island’s vast preserves of natural spaces. The red trail crosses over Buck’s Hollow, Heyerdahl Hill, the northern edge of LaTourette golf course and the neighborhood of Lighthouse Hill. Want to make a full day of it? A pathway leads from the trail downhill to Historic Richmond Town, where you can walk through a preserved 18th century village.

Greenbelt White Trail (Southern)

Location: Latourette Park & Golf Course
Rockland Avenue near Brielle Avenue (mid-way trailhead) or Richmond Road near Reidel Avenue
Park Name: La Tourette Parks & Golf Course
Length: 7.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: Connects to Great Kills Park of the Gateway National Park System Service.

Greenbelt Yellow Trail (Southwest Trailhead)

Location: Latourette Park & Golf Course
Richmond Avenue & Forest Hill Road
Park Name: La Tourette Parks & Golf Course
Length: 8.0 miles
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Other Details: Traverses the entire Greenbelt from its Northeast corner in the community of Todt Hill to its Southwest corner in New Springville; access Moses' Mountain at Rockland Avenue and Manor Road behind bus stop.

Gretta Moulton Trail/Green Trail

Location: High Rock Park
200 feet ahead of parking lot at the terminus of Nevada Avenue
Park Name: High Rock Park
Length: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Other Details: The trail head of this circular trail is off the High Rock Park access road near the Nevada Avenue entrance. The hike takes you along kettle ponds and knobs, formations characteristic of terminal moraine topography. The upland forest includes a patch of persimmon trees. The trail is also known as the Gretta Moulton Trail in honor of an ardent Greenbelt supporter. Bathrooms nearby.

High Rock Park Lavender Trail

Location: High Rock Park
200 feet ahead of parking lot at the terminus of Nevada Avenue
Park Name: High Rock Park
Length: 0.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Jewelweed, skunk cabbage, and various grasses and water plants can be seen, along with black water snakes, snapping turtles, and spring peepers. Bathrooms nearby.

Long Pond Trail

Location: Long Pond Park
Page Avenue & Eugene Street
Park Name: Long Pond Park
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge Pink Trail

Location: Freshkills Park
Mulberry Avenue off Travis Avenue (limited parking)
Park Name: William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge
Length: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Excellent birdwatching location; abounds with water-loving trees such as sweet gum and ash.

Willowbrook Park White Trail

Location: Willowbrook Park
Willowbrook Park off Victory Boulevard
Park Name: Willowbrook Park
Length: 7.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: Connects to Great Kills Park of the Gateway National Park System Service.

Wolfe's Pond Trail

Location: Wolfe's Pond Park
Hylan Boulevard & Cornelia Avenue
Park Name: Wolfes Pond Park
Length: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Both hikers and mountain bikers can explore miles of trails in this south shore location. Trails contain easy, moderate, and difficult terrain.

Blue Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.33 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

Blue Trail

Location: Forest Park
Forest Park Drive East, off of Woodhaven Boulevard
Park Name: Forest Park
Length: 1.7 miles
Other Details: Forest Park's numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds.

Green Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.3 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

Orange Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.42 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

Orange Trail

Location: Forest Park
Memorial Drive and Forest Park Drive East
Park Name: Forest Park
Length: 2.4 miles
Other Details: This trail will lead you through a 2.4 mile adventurous hike along the perimeter of the forest

Ralph Sloman Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.2 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

South Preserve Trail

Location: Cunningham Park
Francis Lewis Boulevard and Union Turnpike
Park Name: Cunningham Park
Length: 3.0 miles
Other Details: Numerous unnamed trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest, which features a diverse ecosystem to support abundant wildlife. The parks’ Kettle Ponds feature the sounds of Spring Peepers and other species of frogs throughout the spring and summer season.

Tulip Tree Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Cloverdale Boulevard east entrance
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.7 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

White Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.7 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

Yellow Trail

Location: Alley Pond Park
Behind ballfield 6 by Winchester Boulevard, north of Union Turnpike
Park Name: Alley Pond Park
Length: 0.45 miles
Other Details: Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds. The north end of the park boasts splendid salt marsh views.

Yellow Trail

Location: Forest Park
Metropolitan Avenue & Forest Park Drive East
Park Name: Forest Park
Length: 1.0 mile

Cass Gallagher Nature Trail

Location: Van Cortlandt Park
A short walk in from the intersection of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue, near the horse stables
Park Name: Van Cortlandt Park
Length: 1.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

John Kieran Trail

Location: Van Cortlandt Park
Enter at Golf Course via Van Cortlandt Park South and Bailey Avenue.
Park Name: Van Cortlandt Park
Length: 1.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Maps are available at the Van Cortlandt Nature Center. Named in 1988 for the famed naturalist and newspaperman, this trail journeys through the park's lake area and freshwater wetlands, passing Tibbet's Brook via a wooden bridge perfect for birding, and forms a loop with the Parade Ground.

John Muir Trail

Location: Van Cortlandt Park
Enter either at Broadway & Mosholu Avenue or Van Cortlandt Park East & Oneida Avenue.
Park Name: Van Cortlandt Park
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Other Details: Travel through three ecologically distinct forests on this 1.5 mile route, the only trail in Van Cortlandt Park to traverse the park from east to west. The trail will lead you through park's Northeast Forest, home to red oak, sweetgum, and tulip trees, as well as a frog-filled marsh; the Croton Woods and its sugar maple and hickory trees, as well as the Old Croton Aqueduct; and the hilly Northwest Forest, home to stately tulip, oak, and hickory trees.
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Kazimiroff Trail

Location: Pelham Bay Park
Hunter Island
Park Name: Pelham Bay Park
Other Details: Leave the city far behind on the Kazimiroff Nature Trail, which provides self-guided long and short loop paths around 189-acre Hunter Island, leading visitors along the island’s wetland border, through its interior forest, and onto the shore of beautiful Orchard Beach.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Location: Van Cortlandt Park
Enter Trail at either Dickinson Avenue & Van Cortlandt Park South or Mosholu Parkway & West Gun Hill Road.
Park Name: Van Cortlandt Park
Length: 1.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Other Details: [Trail renovations will begin soon. Please bear with us as we correct erosion and rebuild paths.] This segment is part of the 41-mile-long aqueduct that brought water from the Croton Dam to New York City in the 1800s.

Putnam Trail

Location: Van Cortlandt Park
Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Bailey Avenue.
Park Name: Van Cortlandt Park
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: This section of the 15-mile trail that runs up to Brewster, NY may be accessed by the Van Cortlandt Golf Course parking lot. Native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest, historically significant route (former railroad route that ran through the park into the 1980s!)

Inwood Hill Park Hiking Trail

Location: Inwood Hill Park
Northwest section of Inwood Hill Park
Park Name: Inwood Hill Park
Difficulty: Moderate
Other Details: Take a step back in time and imagine Manhattan as a forest grove of tulip trees, oaks, and maples. Inwood Hill Park's marked scenic sites or historic highlights trail will lead you to the top of the hill, where the parkâ??s oldest trees â?? two Cottonwoods planted before the park was established â?? still live.

Lullwater

Location: Prospect Park
Enter Park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue entrance. Trails begin or are near the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
Park Name: Prospect Park
Length: 1.0 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Explore the Lullwater to see how nature thrives in the heart of Brooklyn. The Lullwater is a great place to see birds and other wildlife. Bathrooms, café and trail guides are available at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

Midwood

Location: Prospect Park
Enter Park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue entrance. Trails begin or are near the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
Park Name: Prospect Park
Length: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Step back in time with a walk through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest. The Midwood, home to some of Prospect Park’s largest trees, is a relic of Brooklyn’s history, and was preserved and incorporated into the park during its original construction. The thirty-minute hike loops from Prospect Park’s Audubon Center through a forest filled with birds and other animals.

Peninsula

Location: Prospect Park
Enter Park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue entrance. Trails begin or are near the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
Park Name: Prospect Park
Length: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Discover how the Peninsula has changed over the last 300 years. The Peninsula's restored landscapes provide scenic views, a home for Park wildlife, and great fishing. Bathrooms, café and trail guides are available at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

Salt Marsh Nature Trail

Location: Marine Park
Enter behind the Salt Marsh Nature Center, located near the intersection of East 33rd Street and Avenue U.
Park Name: Marine Park
Length: 0.8 miles
Other Details: The first half of this mile-long trail follows the shore of Gerritsen Beach, which empties into Jamaica Bay. From the trail’s boardwalk and viewing platforms you can observe the birdlife for which the park is famous, including the herons, egrets, ducks, and geese that frequent the marsh throughout the year. The trail’s second leg winds through a prairie of tall grass, where you can sometimes spot cottontail rabbits and ring-necked pheasants. Comfort stations and maps are available inside the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
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Waterfall

Location: Prospect Park
Enter Park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue entrance. Trails begin or are near the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
Park Name: Prospect Park
Length: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Other Details: Trace the source of the Lake on the Waterfall trail. The Fallkill Falls is the first of six waterfalls that you will see along the Park's watercourse. Bathrooms, café and trail guides are available at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

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