Did you know you can hike from Central Park to Fort Tryon Park using a special green trail that connects through seven Northern Manhattan parks? Incredibly, very few city streets are involved.
It's called the Giraffe Path (named after the animal it resembles on a map), and your chance to explore it is coming up this weekend during the 15th annual community-run Hike the Heights.
While you can hike (or bike) the six-mile trail at any time during the year, you're invited to walk just a portion this Saturday, June 1–in celebration, the path will be lined with giraffe sculptures made by local kids.
Choose one of 11 separate starting points from East Harlem to Inwood, then join the big party at the Sunken Playground in Highbridge Park (167th Street and Edgecombe Avenue) from 11am to 3pm.
Note: The entire event is run by volunteers and still needs your help, including hike leaders and people to help set up and clean up the playground. And, yes, donations are welcome!