In the winter, New York City residents and tourists alike will likely head to the great outdoors to engage in some winter activities. However, New York is also a great city to participate in outdoor activities in the summertime. Many of these activities involve going on a guided hiking adventure in New York City. These guided hikes take between one to three hours and are conducted by local experts. Participants receive instruction on proper trail and structure usage, weather changes, how to use a map, how to determine the condition of the trail and how to stay safe while on the trail.
Because of the compact nature of the city and the amount of open space that exists within the city limits, New York is one of the best cities in the world to go on guided hikes in. There are more than 4,000 miles of hiking trails that cross through the city. The trails range in difficulty from easy to difficult and are located in the Rockaways, Red Hook, Catskills, Green Mountain and Central Park. Many of the trails are only 1.4 miles long, but some are quite large and reach up over 50 feet in elevation. Within New York City, there are multiple trails within close proximity to one another. For example, at 12th St. and Central Park West in Manhattan, there are four trails – all with different trails lengths ranging from 5 to 15.7 miles. In Queens, there are trails at Jackson Ave. and Lakemont Dr. in Ozone Park, trails at Forest Hills Parkway and Route 11 in Floral Park and trails at Route 11 and 79 in Woodhaven. Also in Queens, there are trails at Forest Hills Parkway and 109th St. in Jackson Heights, and at 161-162nd St. in Queensbridge.
The guided hikes are available by reservation and can be made by visiting the websites listed above. No prior hiking experience is necessary, although it helps if participants bring a written overview of the trail, any changes in elevation and whether or not there will be any wildlife found on the trail. Some of the city’s most scenic trails are easily found with only a phone call. Others can be found only after taking a guided hike.