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The Great Saunter 2018 will be held on Saturday May 5, 2018.

See New York City like never before in the Shorewalker’s epic urban hike, The Great Saunter! On Saturday May 5 th 2018 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!


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Registration Now Open
March 20 – Deadline for mail-in registration
April 15 – Deadline for online registrants who want materials mailed to them. Registrants after April 15 will pick up materials on day of event.
May 5 – The Great Saunter

Pre-register and SAVE.
Register on day of event does not include Shorewalkers membership or family discounts. Cash only.

Volunteers are needed to assist on the Great Saunter. If you are interested in volunteering email us at

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
Walking Manhattan’s Rim: The Great Saunter. Purchase this guide book by Shorewalkers founder, Cy A Adler.

Great Saunter Interactive Map

Click HERE to view the map in full screen.
Route Information–route instructions, bathrooms, markets: About the Route

Participant 2016 videos:


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Great Saunter Photos and Video

Photos: Great Saunter 2017 Pictures
Photos: Great Saunter 2016 Pictures
Photos: Great Saunter 2015 Pictures
Photos: The Great Saunter West Side
Photos: The Great Saunter East Side
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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