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Hiking

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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, November 19, 2017

Nov 19

Salt Marsh Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain.
Free!

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Nov 19

Northern Manhattan Parks (Vigorous)

at 110th Street and Morningside Drive (in Morningside Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Meander through parks in northern Manhattan on this one-way hike from Morningside Park to Jackie Robinson Park.
Free!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Nature Exploration (Moderate)

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain.
Free!

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Nov 24

Post Thanksgiving Day Hike: Staten Island's North Shore 'Greenbelt'

at Franklin Avenue at Arnold Street (in Jones Woods Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Burn off some Turkey Day calories! Explore some of Staten Island's North Shore natural areas on this post Thanksgiving Day hike.
Free!

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Nov 24

14th Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Greenbelt educators for a 2.5 hours hike through the Greenbelt's serene woods.
Free!

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Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Central Park South to North Hike

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.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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Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Post-Thanksgiving Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Instead of waiting on lines, opt outside and join the Urban Park Rangers through a vigorous hike on the White Trail. Vigorous hikes feature long distances and occasionally, uneven terrain.
Free!

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Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Hunter Island Hike (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city's urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced on rugged terrain.
Free!

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Nov 24

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.
Free!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nov 25

Deer Exploration Hike

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe seven see these majestic animals.
Free!

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Nov 25

Fall Foliage Photography Hike

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

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Bring your own digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Inwood Hill Park during the golden hour before sunset.
Free!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dec 3

Winter Tree ID Hike (Light)

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head.
Free!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dec 9

Nature Exploration Hike: John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

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

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. Vigorous hikes are longer with hills and rugged terrain.
Free!

Dec 9

Birding: Owls

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we listen for calls and look for this nocturnal bird of prey.
Free!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dec 10

Winter Wonderland Hike (Vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for one of our longest hike, as we explore Central Park from top to bottom. Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so bring your camera. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 10

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots as we explore the park for one of Staten Island's most popular residents—white-tailed deer!
Free!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dec 17

Ranger's Choice: Forest Park Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history and its surrounding neighborhoods of Kew Gardens, Glendale, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven. Registration is required.
Free!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Dec 25

Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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