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Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Van Cortlandt Park…

- is the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres.

- has the largest freshwater lake in the borough.

- contains The Bronx’s oldest building, the Van Cortlandt House built in 1748-49.

- has the oldest municipal golf course in the United States, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, founded in 1895.

- has a National Historic Landmark trail, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which travels the route of the city’s original water tunnel.

- has a cross-country running course with a national reputation. Every year, the rugged course hosts the national cross-country championships as well as the Manhattan College Invitational for high school students throughout the U.S.
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  • The van Cordtland Park in the Bronx is perhaps not as well known as other parks of NYC but undoubtedly beautiful. With the underground line 1 (red) to the end point, then a few steps and you're in this large, very natural. A large lake in the middle of the Park, a traditional golf course and many possibilities, such as the picnic in the countryside. An experience for all who want to become acquainted with other, perhaps less well-known corners of NYC.
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  • Love this park for the biking trails. The Putnam bike trail was great. Leading all the way up to Yonkers. There is a beautiful Lake by the side of the trail and plenty of places to take pics or just r...  read more »
  • A city recreation mecca, Van Cortlandt Park hosts facilities for a long list of sports: baseball, basketball, bocci, cricket, football, soccer, tennis, handball, paddleball, and golf. Additionally the...  read more »
  • It's a beautiful place to run, play cricket (for those of you that do), have a picnic, nature watch, and just about all the park activities you can think of. The back hills are especially nice on hot summer days, providing shade and cool breezes. There are many trails you can follow deep in side the northern part of the park. The South County Trail is frequented by many, taking you as far north as Elmsford.
  • Love love love this park! It's a huge park and got so many things to offer. People run, bike, hike, play quartets, play sports, do bbq and picnics (though I wish people clean up better afterwards). The park also offers numerous walking tours and events. I did a couple of 5K races. I'm not a runner but I made it! Fall foliage is beautiful - it mesmerized me one morning. All shades of yellow/orange leaves fell off the trees as soft wind blew. The Spring time, the park is so green, it just makes me happy being in there. Dyckman house tour was nice too. The tour guide can be a bit too passionate at times but he's very knowledgeable regardless. You have an option to do a self tour. Did I mention, the horse stable, golf course, outdor pool and tennis court? Yeah, the park has that too :)
  • This is my favorite park in NYC for trail hiking. There are many paths and trails, some more challenging and others quite easy. I've seen deer and other animals on the nature trail. Every time I've gone, the trails have never been crowded - sometimes I'll go long stretches of time without running into another person.
  • Big beautiful park with a good atmosphere. Lots of trails to hike or walk on. Great place to take significant other or the family on weekends or whenever.
  • Beautiful park in the west Bronx. Very spacious. Almost like Central Park with all is the different things you can do. Theres trails for biking and running, plenty of benches. Great for morning walks! Easy access via public transportation.
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