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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 sunbathing 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.

Tip: Use these trail markers to guide you on your next hike.

Trail Marker

Here are some highlights of hiking trails in our parks:

Bronx

Bronx River Forest

To see: New York City's only freshwater river, a floodplain forest, Bronx River Island

View the Bronx River Forest's hiking trails on a map

Riverdale Park

To see: an oak-hickory forest, a small pine grove, and a red oak- and tulip tree-dominated forest, as well as stunning views of the New Jersey Palisades and the Hudson River from a viewing platform 

View the Riverdale Park's hiking trails on a map

Brooklyn

Canarsie Park

To see: a scenic overlook of Jamaica Bay and surrounding neighborhoods, a sandy shoreline that ducks and geese love

View Canarsie Park's hiking trails on a map

Marine Park

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

View Marine Park's hiking trails on a map

Paerdegat Basin Park

To see: an upland coastal forest that includes a scenic view of Paerdegat Basin which is a 1.25-mile channel that empties into Jamaica Bay in nearby Bergen Beach

View Paerdegat Basin Park's hiking trails on a map

Manhattan

Inwood Hill Park

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

View Inwood Hill Park's hiking trails on a map

Queens

Alley Pond Park

To see: New York City's tallest and oldest tree, kettle ponds, an obstacle course

View Alley Pond Park's hiking trails on a map

Bayswater Park

To see: a beach overlooking the bay (perfect for birdwatching), a maritime forest, and a bayberry grove

View Bayswater Park's hiking trails on a map

Forest Park

To see: a century-old pine Grove, the largest continuous oak forest in Queens, Richmond Hill War Memorial, Strack Pond

View Forest Park's hiking trails on a map

Willow Lake - Flushing Meadows Corona Park

To see: a freshwater wetland that offers visitors scenic views of the lake and abundant opportunity for bird watching and wildlife viewing

View Willow Lake's hiking trails on a map

Staten Island

Conference House Park

To see: New York City's "south pole", beachside views, the house where the failed Revolutionary War peace conference took place in 1776

View Conference House Park's hiking trails on a map

Goodhue Park

To see: a native hardwood forest, kettle ponds, a trail loop ideal for dog walkers

View Goodhue Park's hiking trails on a map

Visit our Hiking Trails page to find more places where you can go hiking in New York City's urban jungle. 

Hiking Events

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

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