Spring has sprung! What better way than to observe a native forest coming into green.
The Forest Park Trust describes the Oak Forest where our trails are located thusly: “The most continuous oak forest in Queens can be found in Forest Park. Protected as a “Forever Wild” area, it features 150 year old oak and tulip trees and is home to songbirds, small mammals, pheasants, hawks and owls. No bicycles, baby carriages or unleashed dogs are allowed in this area of the park. Three marked hiking trails help you traverse the undulating topography and explore this 165-acre forest.”
We’ll do a combination of the orange and blue trail and then the yellow trail in its entirety. The hike will be approximately three miles total.
The terrain is a native forest. It is hilly so we’ll do gentle ascents and descents as we make our way through the woods.
We’ll gather at the Station Square side of the Long Island Railroad east bound track. (see photo)
You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to Forest Hills which is the first stop (16 minutes from Penn). Make sure to purchase a City Ticket for $4.50. Or you can take the E/F express trains to Forest Hills and then walk over to Station Square about 2.5 blocks as you’ll walk under the LIRR tracks to our meeting place.
If you take the LIRR details are here:
Approx Travel Time : 16 minutes
From NEW YORK PENN STATION
Take the BABYLON bound LIRR Train departing at 1:21 PM
Get off at FOREST HILLS STATION at 1:37 PM
City Ticket Fare : $4.50
We’ll depart Station Square at 2:00pm for our walk over to the Park. This allows a cushion of time for those traveling by subway.
After our hike through Forest Park we’ll return to Forest Hills for an optional early supper at Bareburger on Austin Street which has several vegan options.
More on Forest Park is here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/Q015/history
MTA TripPlanner is here: http://www.mta.info
Bareburger vegan options answered here: https://www.bareburger.com/faqs/