Explore the most popular lake trails near New York City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
6 days ago

Arguably the nicest place to walk in Brooklyn. Paved roads well marked, well kept. Delightful change in the middle of the urban jungle. There is also a dirt-paved trail run around the perimeter of the park, which I have not explored yet.

pretty in the city

hiking
muddy
washed out
19 days ago

It rained on Thursday, and the trail was still six inches of mud on Sunday. There were a few impassable spots of the trail, in sketchy parts of town.

Biggest complaint is that most of the trail is basically people’s backyards, and you have to cross WAY too many busy streets with no traffic lights.

The only reason this gets two stars is because the beach for the last mile is gorgeous! My advice is to do the yellow or blue trails which are actually nice trails, and check out the beach afterwards!

Great local Staten Island trail. You're very close to homes and roads but still a fun and varied path. All of the trail crossings by roads had flooding and required a detour around half frozen ponds of run off in January.

hiking
29 days ago

More of a stroll.

trail running
1 month ago

Love it!

Beauty at every turn. Was on my bucket list and it was well worth the trip.

walking
2 months ago

Always a nice walk, still discovering new spots each visit. Especially around the lakes

Best outing in NYC, nothing compared to the mountains of CO. It was great to get outside and see trees while we were in the city.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful urban escape. Dog friendly and lovely.

nature trips
3 months ago

Was surprised to see how close to nature one can be right here in the Bronx. Luckily in my trails I saw a few people and even though it felt quite for most of the trail, I had the fortune of seeing a family of deers! It was such a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing trails I’ve done. Truly recommend it. There were some parts that was a bit scary, like walking under two tunnels to get to the other side, but other than that, it was a great nature experience.

walking
3 months ago

Between the zoo and gardens an enjoyable day.

Great. Place to run. Safe. Great people watching. The epicenter of NYC.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Nice if you live not far, as there’s no that many, and flat enough to be kids friendly.

Great for biking.

walking
5 months ago

I jog this trail twice a week. Its very manageable and the scenery never gets old.

Beware of squirrels.

Best place in the city

walking
6 months ago

Escape from the city within the city

Nice hills. Clear trails . Amazing its in ny.

trail running
6 months ago

Beautiful and clean. Pristinely paved track with clear signage indicating the directions and lane assignments for walkers/runners and bikers.

I went on a Friday afternoon in July/2018, and only glimpsed one other hiker in the 4 hours I was hiking. Serene, peaceful, and beautiful are the words that come to mind. I hiked the White Trail about 7.5 miles out and the same distance back, but be careful and take note of landmarks or you can easily get turned around and lose your bearings. Saw plenty of wildlife like deers, rabbits, and birds, and will definitely visit again.

I run Central Park really often,doing the different loops. highly recommended, although there are quite a lot of people on the south end.

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery and chilled fresh air. Trails are great, just not long enough.

walking
7 months ago

Nice loop around Prospect Park, fully paved the whole way. Pedestrian walkway on the left, bikes down the middle. Good views of the lawns, with tons of BBQs and picnickers on an early summer day. You'll also pass by the lake about half way through. Last half mile or so is a gentle little climb. Worth checking out Grand Army Plaza and the beautiful Bailey Fountain, which are adjacent to the park.

road biking
8 months ago

The hill definitely offers a challenge but it sure is fun going back down on your bike.

9 months ago

This is an incredible park! You can keep to main roads or go off the main tracks though more dense trees and it gets seriously beautiful and wild!! Totally unexpected but this might be my favourite park in New York. Saw lots of bird life and animals going about their day which added to the magic.

Love this place

We actually did the whole loop and it eventually took 4 hours and about 6 miles. Wonderful. Pick up a map at Columbus Circle for $2 to keep track of the different sights. The lady also gave us good info such as the waterfalls in the northeast corner. Have a bite at the boathouse. Take water bottle and you can fill up. A must do if you are in NY.

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