Central Park Drive

Central Park, New York

Elevation Gain87ft
Trailhead Elevation71ft
Elevation Min/Max48/72ft
Elevation Start/End71/71ft

Central Park Drive

Central Park Drive is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in New York City, New York. It is within Central Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 71 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 87 feet. The Fitz-Greene Halleck and Balto artworks and the Willowdell Arch bridge are near the trailhead. There are also a bare rock and an information. The Walter Scott and William Shakespeare artworks, Crime Busters Rock and other bare rocks, and the Dairy information office can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Christopher Columbus, Ludwig van Beethoven, Friedrich Schiller, Robert Burns, Indian Hunter, Eagles and Prey, and Victor Herbert artworks. There are also bare rocks near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Drive and East Drive.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Daniel Case
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"Climb a summit boulder, take in the view over a reservoir, and walk through history and greenery in this crossing of one of the world’s greatest urban parks." Read more
Walking Manhattan (Wilderness Press)
Ellen Levitt
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"Few places in New York City are as enjoyable as Central Park. Fifty-one streets long, three avenues wide, it is the playground for anyone and everyone: wealthy and poor, young and old, native and guest, human and animal and plant. With its simple, direct name and its hearty embrace of nature, it offers so much in the way of activity or plain old rest and relaxation. From the simple joys of strolling and sitting upon wooden benches or craggy rocks to a wide variety of group and individual sports, from highly touted cultural events to historic exploration, from posh eating to casual snacking—Central Park is enormous fun. Birds, fish, small mammals (cute and not so cute) abound, as do trees and plants." Read more
Walking Manhattan (Wilderness Press)
Ellen Levitt
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"To walk along Central Park West is to be dazzled by some of the most extraordinary apartment buildings in Manhattan and the United States. Fans, students, and practitioners of architecture will find much to appreciate and study. Among the most celebrated are The Dakota and The San Remo, but there are many other splendid structures. Some occupy a whole block; others are more modest in size. Walking this straight line brings together fine and decorative arts on your left, nature and playtime on your right (the western side of Central Park). In addition to residences, you’ll see the beloved American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society, impressive churches, and the synagogue of the oldest congregation in the Americas. You will also notice that the start and end of this tour take place at park circles featuring meaningful monuments." Read more
Best Bike Rides New York City (Falcon Guides)
Mary Staub
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"From Central Park’s bustling main gateway at Grand Army Plaza, this tranquil ride leads along car- free park drives through the 840 acres that make up Central Park, the city’s fifth- largest park system. En route, you can stop off at numerous major park landmarks—from the ancient Obelisk near the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Bethesda Terrace; from the sprawling Sheep Meadow at the park’s southern end to the tranquil Conservatory Garden in the north. Explore Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, or the park’s grand Mall along the way, and circumnavigate the park once more at the end of your journey because there’s always more to see." Read more

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Trail Information

Central Park
Nearby City
Central Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
centralparknyc.org, bounded by Fifth Avenue, Central Park South/West 59th Street, Central Park West, and Central Park North/West 110th Street, 212-310-6600
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Dec 2018