Inwood Hill Park

Fort Lee, New York 10034

Inwood Hill Park

Inwood Hill Park Professional Guide

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"Travel back in time on the northernmost corner of Manhattan, where the last remnants of native salt marsh and natural forest survive in spite of witnessing centuries of human habitation. Wander along pathways laid over terrain that once provided for Lenape hunters, protected American troops (at Fort Cox), and brought joy to the Strauss family, who owned Macys and built an estate in the area."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
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"Covering 196 acres at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park is the only natural park on the island. The area’s rich settlement history includes Dutch colonist Peter Minuit, who bought tracts here in 1626 from the Lenape Indians, and the large estates once present on these sites, courtesy of the Lord family of Lord & Taylor department store fame. Today, Inwood Hill Park offers an easily accessible, scenic, and historically interesting hike. Moderately steep slopes provide a challenge for the dog and hiker seeking a bit of exercise as well as relief from the busy streets below."
Walking Manhattan (Wilderness Press)
Ellen Levitt
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"Much of Manhattan is set on a grid of right-angled intersections, with major thoroughfares following different paths (Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue are the two longest exceptions, the Bowery a shorter one). But there are neighborhoods that vary greatly from this carefully planned design—those at Manhattan’s southernmost and northernmost tips, and, to a lesser extent, the West Village. Inwood is somewhat between extremes: It’s set on a grid, but one that’s at odds with the areas south of it. And besides that, it’s very near some of the hilliest parts of Manhattan. There is a certain defiant, individualistic streak to be found in Inwood. Its personality is a mix of the rugged and refined, the artistic and the unpolished. It has an undeniable Latino flavor, a growing artsy-craftsy contingent, and a mix of other ethnicities. Native Americans played a significant role here, which is still present, if more subtle. Inwood has Fort Tryon Park and the over-the-top romanticism of The Cloisters, a re-created French castle filled with art and decorative pieces. Nature, commerce, art, religion, and much more mingle here in delightful fashion."

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Trail Information

Fort Lee
Nearby City
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Additional Use
Inwood Hill Park
Local Contacts
USGS Yonkers and Central Park, NY. A PDF map of Inwood Hill Park can also be downloaded from the New York City parks department (see below).
Local Maps