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New York City Trails

New York City, NY: Central Park (South Loop)

Deep within Manhattan's famed 843-acre greenspace, this 4.1-mile escape offers a quick break from the daily grind.

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-Mapped by Andrew Matranga

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.6

Waypoints

CPL001

Location: 40.7682418823242, -73.9812088012695

With steel monoliths like Trump Tower at your back, head N onto Central Park W and turn L onto Park Dr. S

CPL002

Location: 40.7713966369629, -73.9771499633789

Cross 65th St. Transverse Rd. To your L is Tavern on the Green

CPL003

Location: 40.7745895385742, -73.9751205444336

L @ road into a series of glades sheltered by shrubs and mature trees

CPL004

Location: 40.7757453918457, -73.9751586914062

Grove of American elms frames Strawberry Fields and the John Lennon Imagine mosaic. Head SE downhill and turn L onto Park Dr. W to cruise by lake. In .4 mi., R onto small bridge through rocky cliffs of the Ramble

CPL005

Location: 40.7787590026856, -73.9698867797852

Turrets of Belvedere Castle rise from outcroppings of Vista Rock, park’s 2nd-highest spot. Explore this Gothic mini-fort, Great Lawn, and Turtle Pond (plus, on weekends, the happy couples posing for wedding photos)

CPL006

Location: 40.7741813659668, -73.971321105957

Bethesda Terrace: Grand stairways with Angel of the Waters Fountain inside red-tiled patio (great people-watching spot)

CPL007

Location: 40.7737884521484, -73.9676513671875

Continue SW past Conservatory Pond

CPL008

Location: 40.7726516723633, -73.9673690795898

Cross Terrace Dr.; L onto East Dr. to loop S around Naumburg Bandshell

CPL009

Location: 40.7724990844727, -73.9716873168945

N end of The Mall; head W and turn L on Central Park Driveway

CPL010

Location: 40.7717590332031, -73.9733810424805

Pass Sheep Meadow; skirt shady Literary Walk, then cross Center Dr. and 65th St. Transverse Rd.

CPL011

Location: 40.7690925598144, -73.9735336303711

Check out Dairy Visitor Center (part Swiss chalet, part Gothic country church)

CPL012

Location: 40.7677307128906, -73.9733734130859

Wrap around Pond and Wollman Ice Rink, then turn R @ Grand Army Plaza

CPL013

Location: 40.7654304504394, -73.9757537841797

Continue W along southern bank of pond and close loop @ Columbus Circle