We love to hike. It’s that simple. We go every weekend—usually on Sundays—taking public transportation to get there. We are a small group of hiking and nature enthusiasts from the NYC area with 100+ members. Because of our modest size, you will see a few 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.

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NYC hiking group gathering on Cat Rocks.

[ Cat Rocks, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, NJ. ]

What to Expect on a Hike

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

  • on sign-in, fill out and sign liability waiver
  • follow hike leader instructions, and if you have concerns or questions, check with the leader
  • stay with the group, buddy up, and regroup at trail intersections—bring map and compass if you have them—and hike at a steady moderate to quick pace
  • hike 14-18 miles in 8-9 hours depending on route, conditions, and time of year
  • bring lunch, snacks, and water (2-3 liters). Lunch break lasts about 1/2 hour. Leader passes around cookies (yum!!) after lunch
  • hikes are free, thanks to our generous volunteers. Round trip bus or train tickets, traveling outside of NYC, usually cost $25-35 depending on the destination. After coming along on two hikes, send in the application form for membership. (Annual dues are $6/year, plus $1 initial fee.)

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.

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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Member of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Photos by Eve, video by Alena; ‘Welcome’ page photo by Erik