Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the designers of Central Park, utilized the north end’s natural topography as a foundation when they devised the area in the 1860s. What began as a series of rocky bluffs is today a landscape with picturesque hills, lush woodlands, and idyllic waterbodies. For over 170 years, this part of Central Park has allowed New Yorkers to get a taste of the Adirondack Mountains without leaving the island of Manhattan.
On this tour of the north end of Central Park, you will explore its rocks, woodlands, and waterbodies with landscape architects, historians, and New Yorkers of the past and present. You will also learn about the incredible military history that took place here prior to the construction of Central Park, and the restoration and ongoing preservation carried out by the Central Park Conservancy. So, get a little lost and explore the untamed beauty that is Central Park’s north end.