Van Cortlandt Park

West Bronx, New York 11207

Van Cortlandt Park

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"An oasis of green at the top of the Bronx, Van Cortlandt Park has watched the area evolve from rich farmland into a corridor for trains and drinking water, and exists today as fourth largest park in New York City, encompassing 1,146 acres."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
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"New York City’s third largest park, Van Cortlandt offers 1146 acres to explore in the heart of northwest Bronx. Originally settled by the Weckquaesgeek Indians, the land was sold in 1639 to the Dutch West India Trading Company and later owned by the Van Cortlandt family. The Cityo f New York purchased the park in 1888. Today, Van Cortlandt Park offers canines and humans miles of trails, valleys, forests, and wetlands to enjoy. If you’re in the mood for an easy, scenic hike close to Manhattan, then Van Cortlandt is the destination for you."

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Trail Information

West Bronx
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Van Cortlandt Park
Local Contacts
USGS Flushing, NY. A glossy, full-color map of the park is available at the nature center.
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