The Ramble

Ramble

A 36-acre woodland retreat, the Ramble features meandering pathways, quiet coves, and rich forest gardens. Over 230 bird species have also been spotted here, making it a favorite area for birders.

Described by Frederick Law Olmsted as a “wild garden,” the Ramble was created for strolling, exploration, and peaceful contemplation. Visitors can find their way into the Ramble from Bow Bridge to the south, Belvedere Castle from the north, or the East and West Drives on either side.

The Ramble's twisting paths and thick canopy make it easy to get lost in the sights and sounds of lush greenery, giant boulders, and migrating birds. If you’re lucky, you'll stumble upon three of the Ramble’s most popular features: Azalea Pond, which gets its name from the century-old azalea plants at its southern end; the Gill, a stream that feeds into the pond; and Stone Arch, often considered one of Central Park’s most picturesque bridges.

Nestled within the Ramble’s woodland gardens, you’ll also spot handcrafted rustic features like bridges, benches, and an overlook, built by the Conservancy’s rustic crew. Other features date back far earlier; check out the Ramble shelter, which still stands on its original 19th-century posts.

Location

Mid-Park at 73rd-79th Streets

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Restrooms

Yes

Open 7:00 AM to dusk. Restroom is not wheelchair accessible.