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|Park Overview:|| |
The one and only – this masterwork of urban landscape architecture, located in the Borough of Manhattan, created by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Handicapped|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Park Acreage:||843 acres|
|Borough of Manhattan/New |
|Web Map:||Central Park Conservancy park map|
|Park Description:|| |
Central Park offers an amazing variety of outdoor activities to experience throughout the seasons – hiking among them with some great trails in serene and scenic places.
For out-of-town visitors the place to start planning for a hike or to see notable landmarks is at the web site of the Central Park Conservancy (a private, nonprofit organization; link in “Contact Information” below). For New Yorkers seeking some serenity, designated quiet zones in Central Park include Strawberry Fields, Sheep Meadow, East Green, Turtle Pond, Shakespeare Garden, and Conservatory Garden.
Leashed dogs are welcomed in the park but in certain places and at certain times. See Conservancy website under “About/FAQ”.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Park Drive -- shared by pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles (road closed to vehicles on weekends) -- loops around Central Park. Be aware that some bicyclists ignore crosswalks, stoplights and speed limits. Stay alert. Outer Park Drive Loop is just over 6 miles.
A very helpful “Runners Map” identifies mileage segments along Park Drive, including trail section mileage to complete shorter loop hikes.
Within the park boundaries are numerous networks of pathways for pedestrians only – on a trail map it looks like a vast circulatory system. Notable hikes include looping around the Reservoir (1.58 miles) or the Great Lawn (0.55 mile) just west of Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Central Park Conservancy has prepared a number of guided and self-guided walking tours. Of special interest to hikers might be two Woodland Self-Guided tours featuring The Ramble and North Woods. Each requires about 30 minutes. From the Conservancy web site:
The Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a fenced off four-acre preserve, is the third woodlands in the park. As an experiment started in 1938 to see what happens when nature was left to itself, the preserve was closed to the public for 80 years – invasive plants took over (which have since been removed). Except for guided tours, the preserve is open only one day a month for drop-in visitors. It will take planning to visit the site; the pathway is only 0.2 mile.
To experience another recent example of exceptional urban landscape architecture in New York City visit the High Line, a linear park on an elevated railroad bed thirty feet above street level.
Numerous subway lines provide access to Central Park, principally the “B” & “C” along Central Park West. Click on the Web Map near the top of this page for more details. Click for a map of the New York City Subway system
If you drive you are on your own to find parking.
|Contact Information:||Central Park Conservancy |
|Region:||New York City|