North Woods

North Woods

Found in the northwest corner of Central Park, the 40-acre North Woods offers a taste of the peaceful Adirondack Mountains. Under the cover of soaring treetops, visitors can wander along winding paths to enjoy the wilderness of the Ravine, birdwatch, or gaze over the waters of the Loch. It’s the largest of Central Park’s three woodlands.

Perhaps the most secluded and peaceful area of the Park, the North Woods offers people and wildlife an oasis of nature far from any skyscrapers. Fallen trees, also called snags, are left where they fall to provide nutrients for plants and homes for abundant wildlife.

In the heart of the North Woods is the Ravine, the Park’s only stream valley. Two rustic arches, Huddlestone and Glen Span, form the southwestern and northeastern borders. Threaded through this landscape is the Loch, a stream that pools in some places and cascades in others. The Conservancy restored the Ravine in 2017 and added a new rustic overlook and more seating.

Visitors will also find a piece of New York City history in the North Woods: the Blockhouse. Central Park’s oldest building, it is the only remaining fortification of the many built by New Yorkers during the War of 1812.


West Side at 101st-110th Streets

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West Side at 109th Street

Huddlestone Arch

Mid-Park at 105th Street