Vista Rock

Vista Rock, a massive outcropping of schist rock, was intended to be the central destination in the southern end of the Park.

On its summit, Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux chose to build the iconic Belvedere Castle. As its name suggests, Vista Rock provides commanding views—the Ramble to the south and Turtle Pond to the north. Vista Rock is Central Park’s second-highest natural peak, after Summit Rock.