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

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

Learn about the history, biology and geology of New York City and the Bronx in particular. 

**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 guided 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...Bronx mosquitoes...

Bug spray is strongly recommended. (DEET)


if you prefer something more natural please bring it with you (though Bronx mosquitoes don't mess around - they laugh at the natural stuff..)

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 with the travel.

RAINDATE: Sunday June, 1.


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.

$5 fee to cover organizing costs.


Liability Waiver:

Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death.

Make yourself aware of your surroundings and trail conditions at all times. It is your responsibility to follow the group so you do not get detached. When walking or hiking in the outdoors, at anytime of year, can bring unforeseen encounters, including by not limited to downed trees, overgrown trails or other unsafe trail conditions. You must evaluate your fitness for coping with unforeseen encounters. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being. You must ensure that your guests are fully made aware of the risks and you must take full responsibility of your guests.

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  • ENO

    Regrets, also unable to attend today.

    May 31

  • Helena

    Hi Peter. I am beset by allergies, so I won't be able to attend. Have fun on this beautiful day!

    May 31

  • Joe P.

    I can't make it due to A train delays.

    May 31

  • Petr S

    I'll be at Pelham Bay CSV too...

    May 30

  • Sharon J

    HI Peter
    I will meet you at Pelham Bay Station,
    thanks SJ

    May 30

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