Woodland Walk: The Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

Recently restored to preserve and maintain its natural splendor, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary is the smallest of Central Park's three woodland landscapes. It closed to the public in 1934, and remained untouched for nearly 70 years. Now, visitors can walk the rustic trail to view native plantings that attract birds and other wildlife.

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Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Where to Meet

Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left.

Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop


Free; pre-registration is required.

Accessibility Rating



A few inclines, some stairs, and uneven trails.

Tour Highlights

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Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop

Mid-Park at 65th Street

Hallett Nature Sanctuary

East Side at 60th-62nd Streets

The Pond

East Side at 59th-63rd Streets

Gapstow Bridge

East Side at 62nd Street

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