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Hiking

Pelham Bay Lagoon

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sep 23

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Staten Island Boulevard and Shields Place (in Deere Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike of Deere Park while learning about the forest. Moderate Hikes are long, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain.
Free!

Sep 23

Night Hike (Light)

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history.
Free!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sep 24

Mushrooms: Discovery Hike

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

11:00 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Search for mushrooms while hiking the trails, and learn general mushroom classifications and identifying characteristics on this leisurely interpretive hike.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 24

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , 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!

Sep 24

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

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history, flora, and fauna. Registration is required. Registration opens on September 13.
Free!

Sep 24

Seton Falls Park Nature Walk

at East 233 Street and Baychester Avenue (in Seton Falls Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and explore one of NYC's hidden treasures
Free!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sep 27

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sep 30

Ranger's Choice: Paddle and Hike Orchard Beach

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a paddle across the lagoon as we explore the salt marsh and the rich biodiversity found within. We well then land on the shores of the Hunter Island Nature Preserve for a hike.
Free!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Oct 1

Discovery Day at Freshkills Park

at Freshkills Park Event Entrance , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
This free event is a chance to explore normally closed areas of Freshkills Park and enjoy the unique landscape and spectacular views the landfill-to-park project has to offer!
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct 1

Nature Exploration Hike: Bugs and Butterflies (Light)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct 4

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct 7

Fort Greene Park Tree Trail Walk

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers as they take you on a tree walk through Fort Greene Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oct 8

Deer Exploration Hike

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Trek through this part of the Staten Island Greenbelt with the Urban Park Rangers, as we explore where deer roam through our city.
Free!

Oct 8

Fall Foliage Walk

at Highland Avenue Entrance (in Captain Tilly Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oct 11

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oct 14

Nocturnal Wildlife

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night.
Free!

Oct 14

Astronomy: Phases of the Moon

at Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Get set to hike up the the dark sections of the park away from the neighborhood lights. The Overlook Meadow provides a great viewing location of the night sky.
Free!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 18

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oct 21

Fall Foliage Walk: Trees of Prospect Park

at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

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!

Oct 21

Ranger's Choice: Greenbelt Hike (Moderate)

at Forest Hill Road and Alaska Place (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Experience a fall hike with the Urban Park Rangers through the woods of La Tourette Park. The elevated multipurpose trails reveals the beauty of Richmond Creed. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oct 22

Fall Foliage Hike

at Lenevar Avenue and Ramona Avenue (in Bloomingdale Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The changing colors of autumn are in full swing! Come with the Urban Park Rangers and explore the many different tree species of Bloomingdale Park.
Free!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oct 25

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oct 29

Fall Foliage Hike: Cornucopia of Trees!

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!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov 1

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov 8

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov 15

Evening Group Hike at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening hike where we will cover 4 or 5 miles. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!
Free!

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