Five great hiking trails at NYC’s parks to visit this fall

Most New Yorkers who enjoy hiking know that there are fantastic trails to be discovered upstate, but few know there are plenty right here in the five boroughs.

The city’s Urban Park Rangers recently got together to determine their favorite hikes at the city’s 30,000 acres of parkland. They picked one hike in each borough, along places like the John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and the Tulip Tree Trail at Alley Pond Park.

Sarah Aucoin, the director of the Urban Park Rangers, said there’s “great hiking in every borough.”

“You don’t have to leave the city,” she said.

She added that one of the best things about hiking in the city is that most trails can be accessed by subway or buses.

“The fall is also a great time to observe wildlife in our parks,” she said, with plenty to see for birdwatchers and others interested in catching a glimpse of local wildlife.

Peak fall foliage in the city runs from now through November, so it’s the perfect time to hit these five trails.

Cristian Salazar