Great Hill

Great Hill

The Great Hill is one of Central Park’s highest points, with views of the northern Park and Manhattan skyline. The open meadow surrounded by trees is perfect for picnics and lawn games, while a quarter-mile soft surface path offers runners a road less traveled. Visitors can take a rest at one of the many benches, or check out the children’s glade at the woodland edge, which features family activities and winding country paths.

Long before Central Park was formed, the northern slope of the Great Hill was the site of a British encampment during the Revolutionary War—chosen for its strategic view of the Hudson River and access to McGowan’s Pass. When co-designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux stepped in with their plans for the Park decades later, they designed a carriage concourse with sweeping views of the river and the Palisades. Though the vista was gradually overtaken by trees, the Great Hill became a popular recreation area in the 1940s and ‘50s.


West Side at 103rd-107th Streets

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The Great Hill closes for the winter season to allow the lawn to rest.



Open late March through early November, 7:00 AM to dusk. Restroom is not wheelchair accessible.


Glenspan Arch

West Side at 102nd Street


Mid-Park at 102nd Street