6. Central Park, Manhattan

Central Park waterfall

Although Central Park does not contain any official hiking trails, it is large enough and definitely famous enough to warrant a place on this list. Central Park clocks in at 843 acres and although it is not the city’s largest park by far, it is larger than the principality of Monaco. Central Park was not laid out in the 1811 Commissioner’s Grid for New York City but some early foresight ensured that this bounty of open space was preserved before Manhattan was totally developed.

Central Park is certainly the largest park on Manhattan island, taking up six percent of the borough’s land area. The park’s many roads and paths might seem daunting, so feel free to use our guide to the Historical Remnants and Ruins of Central Park to help chart out your journey!