Best trails in New York City, New York

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Looking for a great trail near New York City, New York? AllTrails has 74 great trail running trails, hiking trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wawayanda State Park or Hook Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Palisades Interstate Park or South Mountain Reservation. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 64 easy trails in New York City ranging from 0.7 to 10.9 miles and from 0 to 295 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in New York City, New York
Top trails (74)
#1 - Central Park: East and West Drive Loop
Central Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
This beautiful trail takes you through the famous Central Park, located right in the heart of Manhattan. The park is a tourist attraction, and is popular among hikers, walkers, and runners. The mostly flat loop will highlight the natural beauty of the park amongst the breathtaking backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Enjoy the rolling meadows, the green wooded paths, or watch the sun glisten over the lake. Experience the tranquility of being out in nature right in the middle of the city. Ramble- Lake Trail is a great trail for bird watching and for a walk. On the side of the trail there are rocks that are fun to climb on. The trail is amazing! Accessibility: There is not a parking lot at the beginning of this route, only street parking. The trail surface is paved or gravel with a typical width of at least five feet. It is moderately steep with an estimated grade of 8% or less.Show more
#2 - Prospect Park Loop
Prospect Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Prospect Park has so many child-friendly attractions that you might find a single visit won't do them justice. You can also bring a ball and play in an open field, watch dogs frolic at dog beach, and walk through the ravine, New York's last remaining forest. In summer, the bandshell at 9th St., near the Harmony Playground, hosts concerts and dance performances. A stable offers trail rides in the park. Accessibility: The perimeter trail has a combination of paved surfaces and dirt surfaces. The paved sections have an estimated average grade of 3% and a max grade is 8% at about 2.3 miles. Assistance may be needed for wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users in sections where the grade is steeper than 5%. The paved trails are typically at least five feet wide.Show more
#3 - Manhattan: Central Park Trail
Central Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#4 - Brooklyn Bridge Walk via Manhattan
New York City, New York
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This is a fun and scenic walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn across one of the country's most famous bridges. This can be a crowded or mellow stroll across the East River. Drink vendors line the bridge, which can be helpful in warm, humid weather. To your right, you can spy the Statue of Liberty in the distance, along with dozens of boats and helicopters. To your left is the Manhattan Bridge. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by German civil engineer John Augustus Roebling. The bridge's construction became a family affair, when Roebling fell ill and enlisted his adult son, Washington, to lead the project. Not long after Washington assumed the charge of the bridge did he also need to pass the baton after he suffered permanent physical damage while working in the sealed underwater foundations for the two towers (an ailment known as caisson disease, decompression sickness or more commonly "the bends"). Washington put his wife Emily in charge, and for more than a decade she managed the day-to-day operations of the bridge construction, bringing instructions from her bed-ridden husband to the job site and updates back to him. She became highly knowledgable about the engineering intricacies of the bridge, impressing politicians and other engineers with her capabilities and leadership. In the official opening ceremony, on May 24, 1883, Emily was the first person to cross the bridge.Show more
#5 - Forest Park Loop
Forest Park Preserve
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Note: this is the official orange trail on the Park's mapping system. Show more
#6 - Alley Pond Park Loop
Alley Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#7 - Hudson River Greenway: Battery Park to Riverside Park
Battery Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
A popular, paved trail good for all ages and ability levels that follows the river. Accessibility: At the beginning of the route on the south end of the trail off Chambers Street there is street parking (paved surface). The trail surface is paved and typically at least eight feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all under 5%).Show more
#8 - Staten Island Greenbelt Trail
Latourette Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Located on Staten Island, the Staten Island Greenbelt is a beautiful natural area with a network of parks and trails. Sprawled across various parks, this route is in LaTourette Park. Popular among hikers, walkers or adventurers, this nature-rich area will make you forget that you’re in the city. This easy walk offers a gorgeous backdrop of green trees, wetlands, streams, and ponds. There is opportunity to see abundant flora and fauna -- it not uncommon to see a white-tailed deer on your afternoon stroll.Show more
#9 - Long Path Trail
New York City, New York
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Length: 424.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail starts at the 175th Street Subway Station in New York City. The Long Path Trail connects many of New York's parks, preserves, and state forest land. For more information visit: https://www.nynjtc.org/region/long-pathShow more
#10 - Van Cortlandt Park Trail
Van Cortlandt Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block.Show more
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