Central Park: East and West Drive Loop

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Central Park

Central Park: East and West Drive Loop is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New York City, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain285 ftRoute typeLoop
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This beautiful trail takes you through the famous Central Park, located right in the heart of Manhattan. The park is a tourist attraction, and is popular among hikers, walkers, and runners. The mostly flat loop will highlight the natural beauty of the park amongst the breathtaking backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Enjoy the rolling meadows, the green wooded paths, or watch the sun glisten over the lake. Experience the tranquility of being out in nature right in the middle of the city. Ramble- Lake Trail is a great trail for bird watching and for a walk. On the side of the trail there are rocks that are fun to climb on. The trail is amazing! Accessibility: There is not a parking lot at the beginning of this route, only street parking. The trail surface is paved or gravel with a typical width of at least five feet. It is moderately steep with an estimated grade of 8% or less.

There are drinking fountains and bathrooms throughout the park.

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Gene Seiter
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RunningGreat!

Fun run, a lot of hills up and down. The path is all paved asphalt, unless you take a gravel path that runs parallel. It’s exciting to run with other people as they speed by you! Lots of views and a challenging run that WAS on my bucket list!

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Justin Strickland
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Walking

It’s a nice, scenic walk around Central Park

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Tash Doherty
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RunningGreat!

My favorite run in the city ! Very busy on the weekends during the day, but peaceful otherwise, especially in the evenings during the week.

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silvia vasquez
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Amazing!

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Joli Irvine
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Hiking

Nice lots to look at

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Kristoff Fajardo
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Sunday Funday!

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Alex Gruzdov
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Khayyam Guliyev
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Patti Perkons
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Lisa Vipond
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Walking

Perfect day to walk Central Park with Kiki and Will.

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Cassidy Burns
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Tracy Bebb
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Walking

A great loop for walking/running. Mostly gravel and even terrain. If you venture from the loop towards the centre of the Park there is opportunity to vary the terrain, especially if you walk/run through the rumble. During the week it’s been easy to enjoy this lovely space and still socially distance. Overall a great place to get outdoors.

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Janice Virant
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Walking

Perfect to stroll, take in the scenery and people watch.

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Kabir Acosta
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Hiking
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Cameron Feldhaus
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RunningGreat!

Excellent loop, mainly gravel. Perfect for walking, running and biking. On the weekends the park will get very busy. Highly suggest going early unless you want to feeling that your running in a race with a ton of people. I recommend not running / walking here at night out of an abundance of caution for your safety. Overall, fantastic place to workout. Highly recommend and blessed this park is in New York City!

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MeiLan Zh
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Beautiful

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C O
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Cliff Jean-Michel
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Road biking
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Miranda Grosiene
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Dee Sz
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Hiking

very crowded, walked my bike a few times totally worth pausing.

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Sasha Caba
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Amazing

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Jennifer Rant
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Hiking

I cut the loop short because it was so crowded today. The leaves are gorgeous!!!!

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Sathish Jayadevan
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Sathish Jayadevan
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Angela Eglezos
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Nilza Edith
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Edelina Calle
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Nilza Edith
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Yong Chong
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Di Mik
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Hiking

Everybody who is local to NYC should do a Central Park loop are some point, the trail recommended by the app is better for running or cycling or just walking but I wouldn’t necessarily call it hiking since you are walking on the asphalt. Central Park has a lot to offer and you can get off the route for some beautiful scenery.

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