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Best New York City Hiking Trails

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published October 29th 2013
Where to Go for a Hike in New York City
Central Park is usually misconstrued as the only place in New York City where people can interact with nature and enjoy the freshening breeze emanating from the few trees around. However, the boroughs remain large enough to offer more than just an oasis in Central Park. If you are in dire need of hiking, this article presents you with some of the renowned best New York City hiking trails for you and your family to enjoy.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - Flickr/peterjr1961

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Queens in New York City extends an opportunity for campers and hikers to explore the majestic Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This 9,155 acres piece of land lists many trails that have been linked to most of its natural habitats. Some good examples of these possible sites that you would love to include its salt water marshes, fresh water ponds as well as open fields. If you want to hear birds chirping, the woods in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge can help you with that.

Every season, this wildlife service accommodates different types of birds with up to more than 330 categories of birds recorded since it was opened to the public in 1925. When on the hike, remember to dress in your waterproof clothing due to the wet marshes all over the woods.

Prospect Park
Prospect Park - Flickr/Missy S.

MidWood Trail in Brooklyn NYC

This unique piece of land stands out as one of the oldest Frederick Law Olmstead reserves. Fredrick and Calvert Vaux are said to have the initial designers of Prospect Park. With only of a mile walk, hikers can cover this Mother Nature by walking through the Midwood towered trees. The trail starts and ends at Prospect Park Audubon Center. Besides the available animals that enhance the natural habitat, you will be able to see various kinds of birds. All that setting is good enough to transform the city into another Garden of Eden. Brooklyn is the most popular borough in New York City.

La Tourettte Park and Golf Course Greenbelt Trails in Staten Island NYC

Staten Island has a lot to offer in terms of nature. The island is accessible by a thirty minutes ferry ride from Manhattan. Whether you are a beginner in hiking, or have been doing this for a long time, Greenbelt trail would satisfy your ego through its 8 mile yellow trail, which is mostly preferred by those hikers seeking a big challenge in the hike. Visitors have come all the way from Reeds Basket Willow Swamp to witness this amazing natural luxury. Some of the accommodated trails in the area include the Nature center Trail, at this point, the tulip shrouded native fern garden in addition to the birch trees and beech will offer you an experience of a lifetime.

John Kieran and Cass Gallagher Nature Trails in Bronx NYC
If you know Van Cortland Park in Bronx, then you already know about these two famous nature trails. The park stands on more than 1,000 acre piece of land and the two trails make part of the forest and the wetland in the park. Cass Gallagher trail extends up to more than 1.4 miles while John Kieran trail extends up to more than 1.25 miles. If you are a hiker seeking a rather challenging experience, Cass Gallagher should be able to satisfy your expectations. You can locate Cass Gallagher around the stables. Freshwater wetlands on the other hand including a lake can be experienced through the John Kieran trail. This trail stands a better choice to beginners and visitors that don't want to do much. The two trails are linked by the populous John Muir Trail.
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