Hiking in NYC Parks
There's no need to head Upstate to experience the awe of New York's natural wonders. Plan your next hiking trip right here in New York City!
Our 300 miles of trails will take you through some of the oldest forests in the city, and past 10,000 acres of wild and untouched natural areas, glacial potholes, and bedrock you can see and touch! As you explore these beautiful parks, you'll come across all kinds of wildlife, from the majestic ospreys nesting high up on utility poles to turtles sun bathing on rocks in the ponds. Along the way, you can also visit historic places that give a glimpse of Old New York and tell the story of our city.
Where to go on your next hike
Start your journey through NYC's natural wonderland: pick a park and map out your hiking adventure. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and layered clothing.
Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors. Share your best NYC Parks fall foliage photos with us on Twitter and Instagram with #FallforNYC. We’ll share our favorite #FallforNYC photos at @nycparks!
Tip: Use these trail markers to guide you on your next hike.
Here are some highlights of hiking trails in our parks:
Bronx River Forest, Bronx
To see: New York City's only freshwater river, a floodplain forest, Bronx River Island
Marine Park, Brooklyn
To see: more than five hundred acres of preserved natural areas, ospreys nesting, an island just for birds, remnants of the first tide-powered mill in North America
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
To see: the only natural forest in Manhattan, glacial potholes, Manhattan schist, a freshwater and saltwater marsh, where Manhattan was purchased, the New Jersey Palisades
Alley Pond Park, Queens
To see: New York City's tallest and oldest tree, kettle ponds, an obstacle course
Conference House Park, Staten Island
To see: New York City's "south pole", beachside views, the house where the Revolutionary War peace conference took place in 1776
Visit our Hiking Trails page to find more places where you can go hiking in New York City's urban jungle.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on their free hiking trips to learn more about natural and historic wonders you'll see in our parks. Find an upcoming hiking event