The Ravine

In the wild beauty of the 40-acre North Woods sits the Ravine.

Several meandering walking paths take visitors through this forest retreat, lustrous with thick treetops and threaded with a stream called the Loch that pools and cascades in small waterfalls. Wandering through the Ravine, visitors feel miles away from the bustle of New York City.

Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned this area as a retreat where anyone could marvel at the wonders of nature without a pricy vacation. The Ravine was designed to mimic the wilderness of the Adirondacks, but is entirely man-made.

Head to the southwestern and northeastern borders to find two rustic arches—Huddlestone and Glen Span. The Loch flows beside the paths under both bridges. Along the Loch, you’ll see a scenic and peaceful overlook near a wood bridge.

In the northwest slope of the Ravine is a true deciduous forest. Rustling oak, hickory, maple, and ash trees surround visitors with serene, natural beauty and shelter them from the noise of the City.