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John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park

The hike: John Muir Trail, Van Cortlandt Park

You’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to leave the city in order to get your hike on, even though going this far north in the Bronx might feel like leaving for most people. Van Cortlandt Park is home to a number of hiking routes, but we recommend the John Muir Trail, which connects Woodlawn to Riverdale. As the only path that stretches through the entire park from east to west, the trail is a 1.5-mile nature oasis that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a cascading stream, marsh, sugar maple forests, and views of the Old Croton Aqueduct, there is some steep terrain toward the trail’s center, but it’s overall a moderate and picturesque setting for an afternoon stroll.

Getting there: Take the 1 train to W. 242nd St or the 4 train to Woodlawn. Or take the BxM3 to start at the west side of the park or the Bx16 or Bx34 to begin at the east.

photo: New York City Landscapes – Van Cortlandt Park by Steven Pisano via Flickr CC BY 2.0

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