New York City Region


Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
DescriptionMore than 26,000 acres of city parkland can be found across the five boroughs and offer a surprising array of walks along wetlands, rivers, historic paths, and cultivated woodlands and gardens.

54 miles of trails are maintained by Trail Conference volunteers and member groups.

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Trail Conference News: Trail assessment and rehabilitation plan prepared for Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. 

Solitude and open space are in short supply within the New York City limits, but a number of places in the city still offer a respite from the bustle of the metropolis. Most of the parks in this region are rewarding for the peace and recreational opportunities they offer city-dwellers, but many also offer the bonus of having biological, geological or historical significance.

Thirteen percent of New York City's land area is reserved in parkland. The city is in the process of connecting many parks with urban greenways that eventually will total approximately 350 miles of walk and/or bike paths. Currently a greenway stretches down the entire western side of Manhattan, and the 40-mile long Brooklyn-Queens Greenway connects Coney Island in Brooklyn with Fort Totten in Queens.

Excellent references are available in these books available on this website: Take a Hike New York City, Walking Manhattan's Rim: The Great Saunter.


Parks within this region include:

Alley Pond Park

Bronx Park

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Forest Park

Fort Tryon Park

GreatKills Park

JamaicaBay Wildlife Refuge

Inwood Hill Park

Pelham Bay Park

Prospect Park

Riverside Park

Staten Island Greenbelt

Van Cortlandt Park