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Enjoy New York City’s great outdoors on these guided hikes through our parks. Hiking is a great way to get active and reduce stress while exploring the city. Discover the natural beauty, wildlife, history, and architectural beauty of our parklands with our Urban Park Rangers and other nature exploration groups. If you’re looking to explore on your own, visit our Hiking Trails page to find some of the best hiking trails across New York City.

Hiking Events

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Oct20

Moses Mountain Hike

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike to Moses Mountain to experience the forest in its full fall glory. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view and look for birds of prey.
Free!

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Oct20

Fall Foliage Hike

at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
With nearly 30,000 acres of public parkland, New York City is the perfect place for fall leaf-peeping. Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
Free!

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Oct20

Open House New York: Conference House Park Edition

at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
As part of the citywide Open House New York Weekend, the historic houses of Conference House Park will be open for self-guided tours.
Free!

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Oct26

Fall Foliage Hike

at Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Oct27

New York City Naturalist Club: Inwood Rocks

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on this hike and learn about Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. In other words, learn why Inwood Rocks!
Free!

Oct27

Explorer's Club: Orienteering

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers while we map and navigate parts of New York City’s largest park and earn a navigation stamp.
Free!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Nov 3

The Van Cortlandt Super Hike

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This challenging eight-mile hike winds its way through most of Van Cortlandt Park's many diverse forests and ecosystems. Registration is required.
Free!

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Nov 3

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Corridor Park

at 56th Road and 146th Street (in Kissena Corridor Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series features some highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Nov 3

Nature Photography: Fall Foliage

at Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road (in Silver Lake Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Nov 9

Fall Foliage: Van Cortlandt Park East to West

at 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger's explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

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Nov 9

Fall Foliage and Tree ID Walk

at Poppenhusen Avenue and 119th Street (in Hermon A. MacNeil Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in MacNeil Park.
Free!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Nov10

Ecosystem Explorers: Restored Ecosystems

at Freshkills ParkStaten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be an ecosystem explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into this restored land. Participants are chosen by lottery. Lottery opens on Wednesday, October 30.
Free!

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Nov10

Fall Foliage Walk: Trees of Owl's Head Park

at 68th Street and Colonial Road (in Owl's Head Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Nov16

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Corridor Park

at 56th Road and 146th Street (in Kissena Corridor Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series features some highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Nov16

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we look for this bird of prey. Participants are selected by lottery. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, November 16.
Free!

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nov17

The Brooklyn Bridge: Connecting Two Boroughs Hike: Manhattan (Moderate)

at City Hall ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn about this historic landmark’s unique history and architecture as you walk the span of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Nov17

The Brooklyn Bridge: Connecting Two Boroughs Hike: Brooklyn (Moderate)

at Brooklyn Bridge ParkBrooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn about this historic landmark’s unique history and architecture as you walk the span of the Brooklyn Bridge during this program with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Nov17

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, and discover our city’s urban forests.
Free!

Nov17

Mushroom ID Hike

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We will take a closer look at these fascinating fungi and learn basic mushroom identification.
Free!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Nov23

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals.
Free!

Nov23

'Over the Hill' Hilltop Hike: The Overlook

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers during our 40th Anniversary as we hike "over the hill" inside of our parks. This hike features the hills of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Nov23

Crafternoon Hike

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Take a short hike with an Urban Park Ranger into the picturesque woods in the Northwest portion of Van Cortlandt Park. Enjoy the fall foliage and try your hand at your choice of nature arts and crafts.
Free!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nov24

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Nov24

Trees of New York City

at Chapin Parkway and 85th Avenue (in Captain Tilly Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Nov29

Black Friday Hike: Central Park South to North Hike

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Get outside and have your walking shoes ready as the Urban Park Rangers hike with you through iconic and natural areas throughout Central Park.
Free!

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Nov29

Black Friday Hike: The Alley Giant

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Alley Giant—a tulip tree—is the tallest and oldest living organism in the city. It is estimated to be between 350 and 450 years of age. Come meet a tree older than the United States
Free!

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Nov29

Black Friday Hike: The White Trail

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City on the Greenbelt's White Trail.
Free!

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Nov29

Black Friday Hike: Northwest Woods

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Highlights include seasonal waterfalls, temperate forest, fertile wetlands, and rocky outcroppings.
Free!

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Nov29

Black Friday Hike: The Midwood Trail

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
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.
Free!

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Nov30

Historic New York: The Hell Gate Waterway

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers on this tour of Astoria Park and significant events influenced by the Hell Gate.
Free!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dec 1

Nature Exploration Hike: Cass Gallagher Trail

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
View the forest from the perspective of a naturalist as you walk with the Urban Park Rangers along the 1.4-mile nature trail named in honor of longtime Bronx resident and naturalist Cass Gallagher.
Free!

Dec 1

'Over the Hill' Hilltop Hike: Canarsie Park

at 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This hiking series features some of the steepest hills in NYC Parks. This hike features highlights of Canarsie Park.
Free!

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