9. Bronx River Greenway, The Bronx
In Westchester County lies an 18-mile, fragmented stretch (soon to be 23 miles) of greenery called the Bronx River Greenway running along the Bronx River Parkway. It is the only trail in New York City along a freshwater river. Though certain areas of the park offer more solitude and isolation than others, it is nonetheless an ideal area to get away from the busyness of New York City.
Some of the most significant sections of this park are Muskrat Cove, a segment of woodland named for a population of muskrats living within its banks, Shoelace Park, and the Bronx River Forest, which contains some of the last remaining old growth forest in New York City. There’s also Soundview Park – if you walk down a certain dirt path you’ll reach the tip of a jetty that provides scenic views of the junction of the Bronx and East Rivers.