|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Hiking park-to-park in the Big Apple is not for solitude seekers. But what's a little trail sharing between a few million friends? On this 7.6-mile trek, you'll wander skyscraper canyons and ford rivers of people. From the Hudson River Park, the route tracks north to the brand-new High Line, a restored railway that winds over the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.
Past the High Line, stroll east to Madison Square Park, where you'll find public art installations and the Shake Shack (sample the ShackBurger and Concrete Jungle). From here, follow 5th Avenue north through a corridor of towering skyscrapers to Central Park's Ramble—a 38-acre woodland, with 270 bird and 26 butterfly species. Record your bird sightings in the Bird Register at the Loeb Boathouse (south of the Ramble), then grab a refreshment and watch the rowboats and gondolas that ferry across The Lake.
-Mapped by Evelyn Spence