High Line Park is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New York, NY that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
An awesome elevated park in Manhattan offers a fresh perspective on play The family friendly elevated park, the High Line, opened in 2009. Running from the meatpacking district to 20th Street, the park doubled in length in 2011 and extended to 30th Street. Though not a traditional park--ball playing is not allowed and no walking on the rails is forbidden--the High Line is still fun for kids. At one spot you walk through a building; at other places you can watch the street life unfold below through large glass viewing areas. Plus there are special events for kids, like art projects and movement classes. A water feature lets kids (and the young at heart) splash, and a small grassy area in the new section tempts emerging walkers. The High Line is open from 7am-8pm daily, with the last entrance at 7:45pm. In April through summer, the park is open until 10pm. Park workers are serious about getting you out on time. The area around the northern end of The High Line is possibly the most unattractive in Manhattan, so double back and end your walk at another place. The park has nine access points: Gansevoort Street, 14th and 16th steets (both with elevator access), 18th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street (elevator access coming, 26th Street. 28th Street and 30th Street (elevator access).
The highline is an amazing walk and moreover if you need to commute between the ends it offers an opportunity to escape the crazy streets for a while. The concessions are always cool small businesses that deserve the support. It's clean and a great summer activity. In the off months it's still nice just a bit windier.
Update: dogs are not allowed on the highline. Don't bring them
nice easy walk. hangout spot as well. some art to check out too.
A nice urban hike. This is a repurposed, elevated freight train bridge that used to run on the west side of Manhattan. Offers nice views of the Hudson River and the New York skyline. Lined with trees and vegetation. It can get crowded on weekends.