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Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC
John Muir Nature Trail is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

1. John Muir Nature Trail

8.9
Van Cortlandt Park East (Oneida Avenue), Bronx, NY
Trail · Van Cortlandt Park · 2 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: This 1.5 mile route leads through the Northeast Forest, home to a frog-filled marsh; the Croton Woods home to the Old Croton Aqueduct; and the Northwest Forest and its tulip, oak, and hickory trees. Read more.

Orchard Beach is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

2. Orchard Beach

7.2
(Orchard Beach Rd), Bronx, NY
Beach · 48 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Go explore the Kazimiroff Nature Trail’s looped paths around 189-acre Hunter Island, leading to the island’s wetland border, through its interior forest, and onto the shore of Orchard Beach. Read more.

Boathouse & Audubon Center is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

3. Boathouse & Audubon Center

9.3
Hill Dr (at East Dr), Brooklyn, NY
Monument / Landmark · Prospect Park · 23 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Step back in time and walk through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest, home to the park’s largest trees and diverse animals. The Midwood Trail is a 30-minute hike that loops from the Audubon Center. Read more.

Marine Park is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

4. Marine Park

8.3
Shore Pkwy (Ave U, Fillmore Ave bet Brigham St), Brooklyn, NY
Park · Southeastern Brooklyn · 23 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Spot herons and egrets, and cottontail rabbits and ring-necked pheasants on the 1-mile Gerritsen Creek Nature Trail, which follows the shore of Gerritsen Beach to a prairie of tall grass. Read more.

Inwood Hill Park is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

5. Inwood Hill Park

9.2
Isham St (Indian Road), New York, NY
Park · Inwood · 52 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Check out some of the best bird watching in NYC here at Inwood Hill Park, the last remaining natural forest in Manhattan.

Cunningham Park is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

6. Cunningham Park

8.4
73rd Ave (at Francis Lewis Blvd), Fresh Meadows, NY
Park · 25 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Hike or bike through the old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway that runs through Cunningham and Alley Pond Parks, and take in a fascinating glimpse at the two parks’ history. Read more.

Greenbelt Nature Center is one of Go Explore: The Best Hiking Trails in NYC.

7. Greenbelt Nature Center

8.6
501 Brielle Ave (Rockland Ave), Staten Island, NY
Trail · New Springville · 14 tips and reviews

NYC ParksNYC Parks: Discover Staten Island’s vast preserves of natural spaces on the 4-mile Red Trail that crosses over Buck’s Hollow, Heyerdahl Hill, the northern edge of LaTourette golf course and Lighthouse Hill. Read more.