Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Hallett Nature Preserve

The smallest of Central Park’s three woodland landscapes, this hidden four-acre preserve offers views of the Pond and lower Park, in addition to the rustic trails and world of wildlife within. It was closed to the public from 1934 until 2001; since 2013, daily visiting hours and tours have invited visitors to explore one of the Park’s most pristine natural habitats.

In the scheme of Central Park, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary is quite literally the path less traveled. Originally called “The Promontory” by the Park’s designers due to its elevation, this landscape was deemed inaccessible and was closed to the public in 1934. Though preserved as a bird sanctuary, it remained otherwise untouched for decades. In 1986 — with many years to go until its restoration — the Sanctuary was named in memory of birdwatcher, naturalist and civic leader, George Hervey Hallett, Jr.


East Side at 60th-62nd Streets

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Open daily from 10:00 am until 30 minutes before sunset.




Gapstow Bridge

East Side at 62nd Street

West 59Th Street Kiosk

Mid-Park at 59th Street & 6th Avenue

Cop Cot

Mid-Park at 60th Street