Take A Hike: The Best Walking Paths In Manhattan

You might live in Manhattan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the great outdoors! Trek through the city, enjoy the natural surroundings, and escape the stress of your everyday life with these nearby walking paths, all within a quick walk from our Glenwood properties.

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The Ramble

While Central Park could certainly be one giant urban hike on its own, we’re particularly sweet on the woodland nestled in the middle of the park, known as The Ramble. Situated between 73rd and 78th Streets, The Ramble is 38 acres of beautiful woods, with plenty of winding pathways through it. There’s benches to stop and take a rest, and if you’re feeling so inclined, you can even bird watch! There’s reportedly 230 species of birds found in this section of Central Park.

The nature doesn’t stop there, though. You’ll also be able to appreciate the Gill, which is a stream that runs through the area, with bridges to cross over. Plenty of flora and fauna grace the woodlands as well, making it a true beauty to hike through.

Glenwood residents living on the Upper East Side in buildings such as The Fairmont will love the easy access to this gorgeous hike.

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The Highline

If you live on the Westside in a building such as Emerald Green, look no further than The Highline for an urban city stroll. It’s 1.45 miles of abandoned, elevated railway tracks snaking through the Meatpacking District all the way to Hudson Yards. Along with a stunning walk that allows you to appreciate both nature and the urban jungle we call home, you’ll also be able to take in plenty of art installations, sculptures, live music performances, outdoor films, water fountains for cooling off during the hot summer months, and sun chaises for lounging on while watching the sunset.

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Hudson River Greenway

Now, if you’re really looking to get some miles in, you may want to consider hiking along the Greenways. Spanning the perimeter of Manhattan, the Greenway is broken up into two parts: the Hudson River Greenway, going along the Westside of Manhattan, and the East River Greenway, going along the East Side of the city. The Hudson River Greenway is 11 miles long, starting at Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and ending at the Little Red Lighthouse, underneath George Washington Bridge. You’ll be able to pass through many green parks on this route (Hudson River Park, Riverside Park, Fort Washington Park), as well as have many opportunities for breaks with picnic tables, free kayaking, and even riverside cafes for grabbing lunch or dinner. Views of New Jersey abound!

This walk is great for Downtown residents all the way to Upper West Side residents at The Regent.

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East River Greenway

The East side of the island has the East River Greenway, with a total length of 9.4 miles. It goes from Governor’s Island Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan to 125th Street in Harlem. This route will give you views of Queens, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island, Randall’s Island, and many iconic bridges. You’ll pass through Stuyvesant Cove Park, a great place to take in the scenery with native plantings, wildlife habitat, and picnic benches, as well as Carl Schurz Park and Thomas Jefferson Park, filled with playgrounds, fields, and rec centers.

If you choose to do both the Hudson and East River Greenway (wow!), the entire loop around Manhattan is about 32 miles. What a way to explore your city on a summer’s day!

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