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Pelham Bay Park - Hunter Island walk (Into the Great Unknown - The Bronx)

**Rescheduled - thunderstorms predicted for the original date**

A nature walk on Hunter's Island, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx, that great Northern Wilderness!

**Please review the 'Getting There' section further down**

At the end of the hike we may explore the smaller Twin Island - just across the lagoon from Hunter Island.

Did you know that one quarter of The Bronx is actually parkland, and that Gotham's largest park, at 2,766 acres, is Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx?

A nature walk of about 2 1/2 miles through old growth forest, by salt marshes and near the shoreline on Hunter Island, Pelham Bay Park. It is an easy trail with low hills that have a maximum elevation of 90 feet. At points the trail has some exposed rock, so running shoes or light hiking boots are recommended (open sandals should not be worn).

At some points along the trail there is poison ivy - off to the side and easily avoided. Since the trail passes near salt marsh at points there will be mosquitoes. Bug spray is strongly recommended. I always carry DEET, if you prefer something more natural please bring it with you (though I'm not sure how it will work against Bronx mosquitoes... ) Hunter Island was once a true island but sunken barges and dredged sand joined it, and Twin Island, to Orchard Beach. You can easily walk to Hunter and Twin from Orchard Beach.

This hike is usually a longer one - plan on at least 5 hours for that Saturday (longer if the group stops for a late lunch, though if you go on the hike you do not have to join for lunch later if you have other plans)

GETTING THERE - you will need a metro card with at least $4.50 on it or have an unlimited weekly or monthly card.

2 options -

1) Meet between 10am and 10:15 am in front of Piper's Kilt (East side of Broadway, just north of 207th St. in Inwood) to catch the BX-12 SelectBus to Pelham Bay Subway Station. Travel time is roughly 35 to 40 minutes to Pelham Bay - assuming there are no delays along the way. You buy the ticket for the bus at the Select Bus ticket machine right at the bus stop. Your metro card will have a transfer on it that's good to get on the local bus to Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay.(getting to Piper's Kilt - A train to 207th St.)


2) Travel to Pelham Bay Subway Station (either by car - I don't know of parking availability in the area, local bus or #6 subway to Pelham Bay). Meet at 11:30 AM in front of the CVS on Bruckner Blvd (just a few stores down from Dunkin Donuts), to meet the group coming by BX-12 bus from Inwood. Please note that the BX-12 bus may have a unforseen delay, so please wait past 11:30am.

Again, you will need a Metro Card for round trip travel by local bus. ***If you will meet the group in Pelham Bay -please email me so we can exchange cell #s to coordinate**

Once the group is together at the Pelham Bay Subway Station, we will catch the local bus to Orchard Beach. It's almost a mile walk from the bus stop over to the beginning of the nature trail on Hunter Island.

Bring water, snacks, a hat, bug spray and sunscreen. We won't stop for lunch, but will snack on the way. After exploring Hunter, we may take a quick walk over to Twin Island and after that walk along the beach back to the bus stop to travel back to Pelham Bay Subway Station.

Once back at the Pelham Bay Subway Station you can catch your mode of transport back.

$3 fee to cover meetup and organizing costs.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Like the other walk this one was very different. We took the bus to Orchard Beach and then start our walk on to Hunter Island. We made very good timing then go onto Twin Island. I think Twin Island was the best. I loved every minute of it and to think that I did not even have to get off the but. It took me straight to my stop where I get a ride home. Peter as usual was very knowledgeable . Love the Rootbeer plant, I believe the name was Sassafras, not too sure of the spelling. Smelled just like Rootbeer.

    July 3, 2011

  • Lisa

    Exploring Hunter and Twin Island was great! I really loved Twin Island and will definitley return. It's only 20 minutes away from me!

    July 3, 2011

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