This peaceful area is a popular spot for relaxing and picnicking. It also offers some of the Park’s best fall foliage viewing, with red maples, sweetgums, and willows along the shoreline displaying spectacular color. The Pool’s proximity to the Park’s northern woodlands and the presence of water also makes the area a great spot for viewing birds and other wildlife.
The Pool is also part of a sequence of landscapes connected by water. At the eastern edge of the Pool, the water flows under a rustic bridge and tumbles down a 20-foot cascade, becoming a meandering stream known as the Loch. This water body flows through the woodland landscape known as the Ravine to the east, eventually flowing into the Harlem Meer.
The creation of this series of water bodies was guided by the existing presence of water in this area, primarily a stream called Montayne’s Rivulet. This stream originated at what is now Columbus Avenue and West 95th Street, entering the Park near 100th Street. The Pool is still fed partially by this stream, but mostly by City water. A small grotto near the south edge of the Pool hides the 48-inch pipe that provides the source.
Things you can do here
Escape the chaos of New York City in Central Park’s North Woods, an idyllic woodland oasis showcasing cascades, streams, and thriving greenery.
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Learn how to respectfully spot the more than 210 bird species that make an appearance in Central Park, a vital migration stopover.
Discover the peaceful, wild woodland that’s little-known to most visitors.
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Spot dozens of species of trees and learn something new while enjoying a peaceful walk.
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Stroll through an idyllic landscape designed to bring a taste of the Adirondacks to Central Park.
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Restoration and Maintenance
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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.
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About the Conservancy
Urban greenspaces like Central Park connect city dwellers to the intricate and dynamic ecological systems we need for reflection and recreation, and other species count on for survival.
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Here are 10 ways to combine a desire for a new you in the new year with the joy of spending time in Central Park.