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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

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Dec14

Central Park in the Movies

at Grand Army Plaza Entrance (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike to some of the iconic spots in Central Park featured in motion pictures from the last few decades.
Free!

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Dec14

Nature Exploration Hike

at 3rd Avenue and Whitestone Expressway Entrance (in Francis Lewis Park)Queens

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. On our hikes, you may explore nature or discover our city's forest.
Free!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dec15

Winter Tree ID

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
For this program, we will explore Van Cortlandt Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Dec15

Park of the Month: Udall's Park Preserve

at Sandhill Road between Douglas Road and Aurora Pond (in Udall's Park Preserve)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
In the midst of a developed residential area, this 30-acre inlet off of Little Neck Bay is an important preserve and habitat area for northeastern Queens.
Free!

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec21

Ecosystem Explorers: Coniferous Trees

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they discuss the difference between coniferous trees and deciduous trees and their vital role in the ecosystem.
Free!

Dec21

Winter Solstice Walk

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks arborists for a Winter Solstice Walk at New York's southernmost park. Explore and learn about the unique trees, natural habitats, and shoreline found within the park.
Free!

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Dec21

Winter Solstice Hike

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the winter solstice with a hike and some s'mores with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dec22

'Over the Hill' Hilltop Hike: Orange Trail

at Forest Park Drive and Park Lane (in Forest Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
his hiking series features some of the steepest hills in NYC Parks.
Free!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Dec29

End of the Year Hike/White Trail (Moderate)

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Greenbelt educators and the Urban Park Rangers for the last hike of the year through the Bucks Hollow section of the central Greenbelt.
Free!

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