A miracle of modern landscaping, Prospect Park holds some of New York City’s rarest treasures: kettle ponds, the last remaining forest in Brooklyn, a network of streams beneath green canopies, gorgeous wetlands full of migrating birds, and vast meadows where visitors can find time to be alone. This 4-mile loop connects them all, starting at the Grand Army Plaza on Fulton Avenue.
Enter the Long Meadow via the Endale Arch and continue along a multi-use path on the park’s east side. Recreational fields dot the landscape. As the route heads north through the park’s interior, the crowds lessen. Skirt the Long Meadow then cross under the Nethermead Arches toward the Audubon Center. The path passes wetlands on the left, continuing southeast past the Music Pagoda to the center’s grounds. Wedding photographers and brides-to-be are a frequent sight near the gorgeous white building and its surrounding bridges.
Instead of turning north toward the meadow, head west along the water to explore more wetlands and the park’s freshwater lake. Duck through the statue-lined Concert Grove and the Oriental Pavilion. From here, the route loops back, passing the Audubon Center and making a short detour along some wetlands. Circle the meadow once more, dipping through a wildlife area to see Amergill Falls on the way back to Grand Army Plaza.
-Mapped by MacKenzie Ryan
MAP: View an interactive park map at prospectpark.org/visit/interactive_map
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For all park-related problems, questions, or complaints – or information about other New York City Parks – call 311; prospectpark.org
Parks & Rec: nycgovparks.org/parks/prospectpark
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