We love to hike. It’s that simple. And we do it every weekend—usually on Sundays—using public transportation to get there. We are a small group of hiking and nature enthusiasts from the NYC area with 100+ members. You will see some of the same smiling faces on every hike, and some of the others just once in a while.

Our members come from all corners of the globe. What brings us together is the fun of exploring trails and discovering new places.


[ New York Ramblers & guests, Harriman State Park, NY. ]

What to Expect on a Hike

We meet the hike leader, at a designated place—usually at a NYC bus or train terminal and buy our tickets and get on board. Sometimes car drivers meet us later at a designated spot near the trailhead.

  • on the sign-in sheet, we fill out and sign liability waiver
  • follow hike leader instructions
  • buddy up, and regroup at trail intersections—bring map and compass if you have them
  • bring lunch, snacks, and water (2-3 liters). Lunch break lasts about 1/2 hour. Leader passes around cookies (yum!!) afterwards

Usually we arrive back in NYC between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Before parting, we thank our much-appreciated hike leader for a brilliant hike!

If you have additional questions, please contact the hike leader in the Schedule.

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Follow the New York Ramblers on a late winter hike to Harriman State Park. We meet up, take public transportation, start hiking, and explore some sights. (Video by Alena) Enjoy!
Video of a typical hike—including meeting up, taking public transit, hiking in the snow, and exploring a cave.


In the News

DNAinfo.com recently asked the New York Ramblers about the best places to hike in and around NYC. One of our favorites—Inwood Park—is a gem in the rough.
DNAinfo.com: “The 5 Best Places for You to Hike in New York City”

USA Today offers advice on joining a New York City hiking club—like the New York Ramblers—and things to consider: size of the group, types of hikes, public transit, etc.
USA Today: Hiking Groups in New York City.

The New York Post sent two intrepid NYC journalists on a hike with us to the Briarcliff-Peekskill Trail. Check out the short and entertaining article.
New York Post: “Into the Woods”

Backpacker magazine ran a cover story about Best Local Hikes. They featured recommendations from New York City hiking clubs, including two Rambler favorites—the Timp-Torne Trail and Breakneck Ridge Trail. Both have spectacular vistas and are accessible by public transit.
Backpacker: “Local Hikes: New York City, NY”


Breakneck Ridge Trail, Hudson Highlands State Park, NY.

View of the Hudson River from the Breakneck Ridge Trail, Hudson Highlands State Park, NY.

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go.
~T.S. Eliot

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The New York Ramblers, Inc.- A Hiking Club © 2017 All Rights Reserved.
Photos by Kelly, Eve; video by Alena.
‘Welcome’ page photo by Eve.
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