By Amber Greviskes

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC

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Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Rockland and Westchester Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic, get out of the city, and get outdoors!


Bear Mountain State Park, New YorkRockland County, New York

Bear Mountain
Palisades Parkway, Route 9W, 7 Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY


Blauvelt State Park
Highland Avenue, Greenbush Road, Blauvelt, NY


Buttermilk Falls

199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY


Clausland Mountain Park

10 Nike Lane, Upper Grandview, NY


Dater Mountain Nature Park

Johnsontown Road, Sloatsburg, NY


Demarest Kill Park

57 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY


Eleanor Burlingham Memorial Park

25 Municipal Plaza, Sloatsburg, NY


Gurnee Park and Amphitheater

1052 Route 45, Pomona, NY


H. Pierson Mapes/Flat Rock Park

101 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn, NY


Hook Mountain State Park

Upper Nyack, NY


Kennedy Dells Park

355 North Main Street, New City, NY


Monsey Glen Park

140 Saddle River Road, Monsey, NY


Mountainview Nature Park

2 Strawberry Hill Lane, Central Nyack, NY


Nyack Beach State Park

End of N. Broadway, Upper Nyack, NY


Robert F. Kennedy Park

Little Tor Road and N. Main Street, New City, NY


Samuel G. Fisher Mount Ivy Environmental Park

75 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY


Sean Hunter Ryan Memorial Park

Bradley Parkway Route 38, West Nyack, NY


South Mountain Park

164 South Central Highway, Garnerville, NY


Stony Point Battlefield

Park Road off Route 9W, Stony Point, NY


Tallman Mountain State Park

Route 9W, Palisades, NY



Westmoreland Sanctuary, NYWestchester County, New York


Benziger Boulder


Stephenson Boulder


Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Route 121, Cross River, NY

(914) 864-7317


Westmoreland Sanctuary (pictured)

West 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners, NY


Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park

Bedford Hills, NY


Hudson Highlands Gateway Park

Cortlandt, NY


Croton Gorge Park

Route 129, Cortlandt, NY


Graff Sanctuary

Furnace Dock Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY


Willson's Woods Park

East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY


Mountain Lakes Park

Hawley Road, North Salem, NY 10560


Blue Mountain

Welcher Avenue, Peekskill, NY


Kensico Dam Plaza

Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595


Tibbetts Brook Park

Midland Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710


Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


George's Island Park

Dutch Street, Montrose, NY


Choate Sanctuary

Crow Hill Road, Mount Kisco, NY


Willson's Woods Park

East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY


Mountain Lakes Park

Hawley Road, North Salem, NY


Kensico Dam Plaza

Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY


Saxon Woods Park

Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY



Butterfly weedLong Island


Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
440 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY
(631) 581-1002

Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Pkwy, Exit 38, North Babylon, NY
(631) 667-5055

Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Farmingdale, NY
(516) 249-0701

Blydenburgh County Park
Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY
(631) 854-3713

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY
(631) 265-1054

Camp Hero State Park
50 South Fairview Avenue, Montauk, NY
(631) 668-3781

Cathedral Pines County Park
Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island, NY
(631) 852-5500

Caumsett Historic State Park
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Harbor, NY
(631) 423-1770

Cedar Creek Park
Merrick Road, Seaford, NY
(516) 571-7460

Cedar Point County Park
5 Cedar Point Road, East Hampton, NY
(631) 853-7620

Cold Spring Harbor State Park
Main Street/Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
(631) 423-1770

Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway/Route 27, Oakdale, NY
(631) 581-1005

Gardiner County Park
Montauk Highway, Bayshore, NY
(631) 854-4949

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY
(516) 571-8010

Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway, East Islip, NY
(631) 581-2100

Hempstead Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 18, West Hempstead, NY
(516) 766-1029

Hither Hills State Park
50 South Fairview Avenue, Montauk, NY
(631) 668-2554

Indian Island County Park-Riverhead
Cross River Drive, Route 105, Riverhead, NY
(631) 852-3232

Lakeland County Park
Johnson Ave., Islandia, NY
(631) 853-2727

Massapequa Preserve
East Merrick Road, Seaford, NY
(516) 571-7443

Muttontown Preserve
34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY
(516) 571-8500

Nissequogue State Park
Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY
(631) 269-4927

Norman J. Levy Overlook Park and Preserve
1600 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY
(516) 804-2000

Orient Beach State Park
North Country Road Route 25, Orient, NY
(631) 323-2440

Peconic Dunes County Park
Sound View Avenue, Peconic, NY
(631) 854-4949

The Reverend Arthur Mackey Sr. Park
Lakeside Drive, Roosevelt, NY
(516) 571-8692

Robert Cushman Murphy County Park
Old River Road, Manorville, NY
(631) 854-4949

Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses Causeway, Fire Island, NY
(631) 669-0470

Sears Bellows County Park
Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays, NY
(631) 852-8290

Shadmoor State Park
Route 27 at Seaside Avenue, Montauk, NY
(631) 668-3781

Southaven County Park
Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, NY
(631) 854-1414

Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY
(631) 979-6344

Terrell River County Nature Preserve
20 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY

Theodore Roosevelt County Park
Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
(631) 853-7879

Trail View State Park
Jericho Turnpike (Route 25), Woodbury, NY
(631) 423-1770

West Hills County Park
Sweet Hollow Road, Hunington, NY
(631) 854-4423

Wildwood State Park Beach
Wildwood State Park Beach Sound Ave., Wading River, NY
(631) 929-4314


Audubon Center Greenwich CTFairfield County, Connecticut

Audubon Center of Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT
(203) 869-5275

Bartlett Arboretum
151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT
(203) 322-6971

Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum
314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT
(203) 259-0416

CT Audubon Society Nature Center
2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT
(203) 259-6305

Darien Nature Center

120 Brookside Road, Darien, CT

(203) 655-7459

Devil's Den Preserve

33 Pent Road, Weston, CT
(203) 226-4991

10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT
(203) 227-7253

Indian Well State Park
Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT
(203) 735-4311

Mianus River Preserve
Westover Road, Stamford, CT

(203) 977-4692

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
(203) 966-9577

Ordway Preserve
165 Goodhill, Weston, CT
(203) 226-4991

Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT
(203) 834-1896


Also see: Surprise! Hiking Trails for Families on Staten Island

Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York