In the heart of Staten Island, the 2800-acre Greenbelt – and its 32 miles of trails for hiking – crosses five ecosystems, including swamps and freshwater wetlands. One hike reaches the Atlantic seaboard’s highest points south of Maine (take that, Jersey!). Check the website for the many access points. One good place is at High Rock Park, a hardwood forest spot cut by six trails. Take bus S62 from the ferry terminal to Victory Blvd and Manner Rd (about 15 or 20 minutes), then transfer to the S54.