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

trail running
4 days 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.

walking
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

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.

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.

Beautiful! Crowded but a large, well-kept Park with lakes, flowers, rocks, trees, botanical garden, fort, and zoo!

Very easy, but nice views of the park

Especially nice during spring and fall.

Kinda hard to navigate I kept ending up on the road running path

Simply for the historic value... 25 yrs ago during a heat wave in the beginning of April. Two days later the heaviest snow storm of the year...

road biking
5 months ago

I had select road biking because it’s the thing I had done the much but all around Central Park have all of my respect I see one star review here !! Well good for them Central Park is locates in the center of the capital of the world and ones in it you may thing you’re in the wild it’s the greatest it’s incredible it’s amazing it’s Central Park nyc !!!!! One of the much incredible places in the world !!!

It’s a great little trail for the city people hehe. It is nice and I enjoyed it.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful, fun, great people-watching. Hill is challenging for running or cycling.

A great walk

Very cold this morning, but the hike was great. Lots of dogs out enjoying the snow. The start/finish is at the Museum of Natural History...so you can make a day of it by also exploring the museum before or after the hike.

trail running
7 months ago

This was great!

trail running
8 months ago

This is my daily trail run! What I love most about this loop is its variety: beautiful trees and foliage, sweeping views of the lake and fields, a mix of ups and downs, and plenty of water fountains along the way. March / April is the best time of year to visit, when snow drops, daffodils and crocus bloom all along the path.

birding
9 months ago

road biking
10 months ago

A nice long loop, all paved with some incline. I wouldn’t call it an easy run.

Great place to walk the dogs. In the winter there is music from the ice skating rink!

Good running area, never crowded. Uneven surface, but well maintained for most of it .

Beautiful park and lots of activities to do.
Have seen the Belvedere castle , fountain and the boats lake.

not enough memes

walking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wonderful park. Huge area, offering lots of walk options and activities. Especially beautiful in April when the cherry trees are blossoming. Great fountains.

walking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

So much to see in this park. Very enjoyable for a nice stroll and Belvedere Castle is a hidden gem.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Well maintained, highly traveled Park in Manhattan with unique areas and topography that everyone knows. I went through the park on a carriage once and walked the whole park on another trip.

walking
Monday, June 05, 2017

We were actually in Central Park this past Saturday (6.3.17) to participate in YAI's Central Park Challenge to support people with disabilities. It was a great day. The park is a substantial size to enjoy a walk and the inter city garden. Good environment for the young and old to walk, bike ride, visit zoo or do a bit of model boat sailing.

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