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The Great Saunter 2017 Registration Is Now Open


Welcome to The Great Saunter! Saturday, May 6, 2017

See New York City like never before in the Shorewalker’s epic urban hike, The Great Saunter! On Saturday May 6th 2017 covering 32-miles of beautiful waterfront and more than 20 parks along Manhattan’s incredible shorelines. Enjoy fabulous skyline views and natural landscapes rarely appreciated from within the city, all the while raising awareness to protect our parks, maintain the Westside promenades, restore the Eastside Greenway, redevelop the Harlem River, and connect the Greenway into a continuous path around the world’s most fascinating island! Join the more than 1400 hikers for this amazing journey you will always remember!  

Register for the Great Saunter

If this is your first time walking in the Great Saunter CLICK HERE  to register.
If you are a Shorewalker Member or have previously walked in the Great Saunter CLICK HERE to register.

Membership and Participation

  1. Membership to Shorewalkers must be in current standing to participate in the Great Saunter (renewals are required for expired memberships on or before May 6, 2017).
  2. Online registration for the Great Saunter includes a one-year membership to Shorewalkers.
  3. Participants who register online before April 15, 2017 will receive their Great Saunter materials by US Mail to the address in your member profile.
  4. Participants who register after April 15, 2017 must bring their registration receipt to the Registration Site on the day of the event to receive their materials.
  5. Day of the event registration, by cash, will not include a membership or a renewal to Shorewalkers.  Cash purchases on the day of the event will be $25 per registrant. There are no discounts for family purchases.
  6. All registrations by US Mail (renewals or new memberships) must be received by March 20, 2017 (6 weeks in advance of The Great Saunter) to allow time for processing.
  7. Volunteers are needed to assist on the Great Saunter.  If you are interested in volunteering email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 The Great Saunter Schedule:     

7:00 A.M.    Registration Opens-Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl Street--Broad Street; New York NY 10004)

7:30 A.M.    The Great Saunter begins!!!

9:30 A.M.    Late Registration (West 42nd Street & Hudson Greenway by the Circle Line Terminal) 

11:00 A.M    Pass beneath Riverbank State Park (West 138th Street--restrooms available on the upper level in the park)

12:00 P.M.   The Little Red Lighthouse (at the George Washington Bridge/West 178th Street) 

1:00 P.M.     Break-Inwood Hill Park: near the flagpole (Isham Street) and Registration.

4:00 P.M.     Break-Carl Schurz Park on the East River Promenade (south side of the park at East 84th Street)

7:00 P.M.     Certificates handed out and celebrate your Saunter at Fraunces Tavern!

Preparation for the Great Saunter

Preventing Dehydration on Long Distance Hikes
Great Saunter Guide

Great Saunter Interactive Map

Route Information--route instructions, bathrooms, markets:  About the Route

Participant 2016 videos:


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Great Saunter Photos and Video 

Photos:  Great Saunter 2016 Pictures
Photos:  The Great Saunter West Side
Photos:  The Great Saunter East Side
2015 Photos:  Great Saunter 2015 Pictures 
Video:  Great Saunter 2014


The News and Observer May 7, 2016:  Saunter Your Way Around Manhattan
New York Racked: Walking 28 miles Around the Island of Manhattan--In a Day
KCTV Los Angeles City Walk episode 5, 2013: The Great Saunter
Daily News April 27, 2014:, The Great Saunter Hike Around Manhattan Reveals Hidden Gems
BBC Travel May 3, 2013: Saunter Your Way Around Manhattan
New York Magazine May 7, 2012: Unforced March: Sauntering Along All 32 Miles of Manhattan's Coastline
New York Times, Sept 17, 2010: Circling.Manhattan: Bring Extra Socks
The Guardian May 7, 2008: America Uncovered 

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