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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, March 23, 2019

Mar23

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Participants chosen by lottery. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, March 13.
Free!

Mar23

Queens Park of the Month: Cunningham Park

at Union Turnpike Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Mar30

Conservation Hike

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

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!

Mar30

Birding: Hawk Watch

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Mar30

Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike (Moderate)

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a vigorous hike through Inwood Hill Park's old growth forest and Ft Tryon's Alpine Garden, Linden Terrace, and Heather Garden. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mar31

Nature Exploration Hike

at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. On this hike, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Apr 3

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Apr 6

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Park

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Apr 7

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Registration is required.
Free!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Apr10

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Apr13

Rubber Boot Hike

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Hike the Red and Yellow trails near the golf course.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr13

Hunter Island Sunset Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Witness the wonder of sunset with the largest park in New York City as your backdrop. Registration is required
Free!

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Event

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Apr14

The New York City Naturalist Club: Micro Organisms Hike

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Microorganisms have a macro impact in our parks. Challenge your perspective on this hike as we marvel in the natural world from a micro scale.
Free!

Apr14

Over the Hill: Hilltop Hike with the Urban Park Rangers

at Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street (in Highland Park)Queens

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 Highland Park. Hike uphill across border lines to explore this hidden gem.
Free!

Must See
Event

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Apr17

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Apr20

The Explorer's Club: Celestial Navigation

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Using the stars for navigation is an ancient human practice. Learn how to use the night sky as a map by identifying key stars and constellations.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Apr21

Earth Day Hike

at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park)Bronx

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!

Must See
Event
Apr21

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Park

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Apr21

Sensory Perception Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Use all of your senses and explore the park, searching high and low for clues with the Urban Park Rangers as your guide.
Free!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Apr22

Kids Week: Earth Day Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Celebrate Earth Day

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr23

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of north Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Apr24

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Apr26

Van Cortlandt Park - City Nature Challenge

at Riding Stables Parking Lot (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us on a two-hour hike around Van Cortlandt Park to view and make iNaturalist observations of the wonderfully diverse spring ephemerals in the western side of the park.
Free!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Apr27

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Lace up your shoes for a family-friendly nature walk at Freshkills Park! NYC Parks staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Exploration Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Blitz

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Exploration Hike

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.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Spring Blossoms

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Apr28

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Blitz

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr28

Nature Exploration Hike

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May 8

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May15

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May22

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May26

Pack Hike With Your Pup

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us and other dog lovers for a hike in the Greenbelt! It's a fun and informative way to socialize with your dog while getting the exercise both you and your dog need to stay healthy.
Free!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May29

Adult Afternoon Hikes - Greenbelt on the Go!

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as we stroll through different trails within the Greenbelt.
Free!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Jun15

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Lace up your shoes for a family-friendly nature walk at Freshkills Park! NYC Parks staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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