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Central Park Reservoir Loop

New York City

A short afternoon hike around Central Park's Reservoir.

Hiking Easy

2.5 km
2 m
2 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
33 m
High Point
34 m
Central Park Reservoir Loop Map

With nearly 40 million visitors a year, Central Park is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the world. Its geographic prominence makes it one of the most iconic and internationally recognized landmarks in New York City.


The idea for the park was conceived in the mid-1800s during a time of massive population growth in NYC. The boulder-ridden swamp it used to be has now been groomed into a beautiful, iconic landmark and the centerpiece of the city. Though the years, the park has seen drastic changes and improvements and now serves as the most popular destination in NYC for a hike, run, bike ride—or whatever you're into.

Accessing the park by car can be a daunting task, but there are countless options for you. Parking garages, metered parking, and other options exist, though public transportation is another popular option to get there. For a comprehensive list of options, visit the park's website: https://www.centralpark.com/visitor-info/parking/

This 1.6-mile route follows the perimeter of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. This loop is particularly popular among tourists, as it is within reach of most fitness levels. Additionally, a mixed-surface bridle path parallels the paved path, offering a more forgiving surface for walkers and runners.

Do not be afraid to venture off this route and explore the beautiful architecture, picturesque ponds, and wonderful scenery that Central Park has to offer. At times, it's often easy to forget that you're tucked into the middle of Manhattan.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CentralPark#History https://www.centralpark.com/news/central-park-third-visited-tourist-attraction-world/



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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