The area offers some of the Park’s best fall foliage and wildlife sightings: visitors may notice many species of birds, fish, and amphibians in their midst. Cross over the rustic bridge at the Pool’s eastern edge for a picturesque entrance into the North Woods.
The Pool’s origins can be traced back to one of the only natural watercourses within the borders of the Park: Montayne’s Rivulet. Designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux dammed up the stream, diverting water northeastward to form the Loch and Harlem Meer. What remained was the Pool, a healthy environment for wildlife and an idyllic retreat for Park visitors. At the southwest end of the Pool, a grotto containing one of many secrets behind Central Park’s construction: its running water is fed by the Reservoir through a 48-inch pipe beneath the boulders.
Things you can do here
Stroll through an idyllic landscape designed to bring a taste of the Adirondacks to Central Park.
Discover the peaceful, wild woodland that’s little-known to most visitors.
Spot dozens of species of trees and learn something new while enjoying a peaceful walk.
Tags: Tree Walks
Plants and Trees
In appreciation of this photogenic time of year, we asked a Conservancy arborist what trees you should look for this autumn and where to find them.
Tags: Fall / Trees
Restoration and Maintenance
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