Central Park – North -The ravine (reprise)

March 20, 2021 update on construction in this area


The North part of Central Park —   The North Woods  is a great walk

Looking at the map (below), you will notice a lot of things to see in the upper left hand corner. I have walked in this section many times but I haven’t climbed the great hill. I am told it has a large lawn for sun bathing. I will get climb it  this summer.

However, with my grandsons, I walked near the North West Corner  starting at the Pool. and ending at the Meer.We all agreed that being in this area is  much like being in a fairytale landscape. The Pond is a small lake that is surrounded by green lawns with a waterfall at one end and a loch at the other end. This park doesn’t see many tourists and the north woods is like being miles away from Manhattan. It is loaded with dirt trails ideal for exploring.

This is one is  a real treat. A nice trip is to go to the end of the pond and  follow the stream into the Ravine (pictures above) . You will really not believe you are in a major city! Look up and down as the water is really “tap water” and the arches and bridges are truly Adirondack marvels. This a great place to eat that snack or drink some of your bottled water – specially sitting near a waterfall on a craggy rock. Next: The Meer



The first time a Central Park visitor looks out over the Wildflower Meadow toward the valley called the Ravine that spreads out before them they feel as if they have been transported to the shoulder of a country road into an unimagined fantasy.
Descending the grassy slope in what appears to be an unknown expanse of wilderness they are amazed to find a fabulously emerging reality. There is a stream bisecting it called The Loch and a dense forest through which it meanders called the North Woods. Filled with many species of birds, their calls mingle with the distant sound of rushing water. Lost in the wonderment of this new discovery the visitor wanders north along a main path, contained on the meadow side with a low log fence, to discover one source of this music of nature. It is a rocky cascade that sheds a stream of water over a rocky fall. Ahead is the Huddlestone Arch, which leads back into the sobering and soul shattering concrete backyard of the Lasker Pool, a relatively recent addition, which effectively destroyed the continuance of the North Woods.

Author: thom bradley

I am an educator who has worked in Woodstock NY, Rhinebeck NY, Salisbury CT and who has lived in Rhinebeck, Wilmington NC and New York City. I have been interested in photography since the '60s. I enjoy walking as a hobby and have taken quite a few pictures during these strolls. I share some of these adventures on thombradley.org or www.thombradley.wordpress.com. In addition, I share photographs from my collection on thombradley.org or www.thombradley.wordpress.com

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