NYC – The North Woods-Ravine and more

Read – Construction in the area March 20, 2021

updated for future planning

This year where traveling is limited and keeping a safe distance is hard to achieve, why not a nice walk in the woods. [ the photos are from a fall walk but it is a nice walk in any season.

The North Woods is located at the very northern part of Central Park. It has the feeling of being in the woods. It is a little off the typical tourist area but on a nice day is worth a visit.

You can start this walk from two directions.

The first is from the Meer and walk west and then around the pool where, in a parking lot, (maybe construction detours during 2021) you will see a stone arch You are now in The Ravine. The second approach is from the west side (1ooth Street) starting at the Pond.  The Pond is a small lake with green lawns, a waterfall and a loch at the other end. Walk to the end of the pond and  follow the stream into the Ravine.

There is much more to see in this part of the park. Here is an excellent link with a good map here.

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NYC – Upper East Side near Central Park #5 The North Woods

THIS IS PART OF SEVERAL POSTS THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE AREA ABOVE 86th STREET (mostly eastside).

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

If you would like to visit a little bit of the Adirondacks while in NYC, then plan on spending at least a morning or afternoon walking through the North Woods. 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.

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You can start this walk from two directions.

  • First is to go to The Meer and walk around the pool (skating rink). Going down some steps, thinking you are at the employee parking lot, keep going, you will soon see a stone arch where when entering you will be transformed into an Adirondack hiker. You are now in The Ravine.

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  • The second approach is from the west side of the park (110th Street)  starting at the Pond.  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 part of the 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.  A nice trip is to go to the end of the pond and  follow the stream into the Ravine.
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You will really not believe you are in a major city! Look up and down the stream as it flows through the arches and bridges, It truly is an Adirondack marvel. This a great place to eat that snack or drink some of your bottled water – specially sitting near a waterfall on a craggy rock.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 http://www.centralpark2000.com/database/ravine.html

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.

Central Park – North -The ravine (reprise)

March 20, 2021 update on construction in this area

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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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 http://www.centralpark2000.com/database/ravine.html

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.