The Pool

The Pool is a man-made masterpiece: weeping willows hang low over grassy banks while a rushing waterfall enlivens the serene landscape.

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.