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Van Cortlandt Park Trail

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Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New York City, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
closed
29 days ago

The northern section was nice but you never get away from the roar of cars from the highway. One section is closed till the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and relaxing

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of trails blocked off for restauration.

5 months ago

Please note that part of this trail, the Putnam Greenway that used to be the New York Central Railroad, is closed for construction until the Summer of 2020. It's being surfaced from the south end of the lake to the north end of the park.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

I would recommend this trail to people looking for an easy dog-friendly hike. Not too crowded with the exception of a cross-country event happening. A ton of space, great views, and parking by the horse stables.

hiking
8 months ago

took my 4 lbs Chihuahua and she did great! she walked about 3 of our 9 miles too! there was lots of glass on some portions of the trail, which was disappointing! some points are right along the highway

hiking
muddy
over grown
8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

I recommend this for those who love flowers.

hiking
muddy
off trail
Fri May 24 2019

hiking
muddy
Sun Apr 14 2019

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
Sat Mar 23 2019

nature trips
Tue Nov 06 2018

Was surprised to see how close to nature one can be right here in the Bronx. Luckily in my trails I saw a few people and even though it felt quite for most of the trail, I had the fortune of seeing a family of deers! It was such a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing trail. Truly recommend it. There were some parts that was a bit scary, like walking under two tunnels to get to the other side, but other than that, it was a great nature experience.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Nice hills. Clear trails . Amazing its in ny.

Sat Feb 17 2018

RANGER CADETS,I DID STEALTH CAMPING FOR YEARS IN THE CROTON WOODS & NORTH WOODS AREA OF VANCOURTLANT,AWSOME TIME.

Fri Jul 08 2016

Convenient, some interesting, and I mean interesting , views, but mostly a more natural plot in a urban sphere.

Fri Jun 12 2015

Do not take the John Muir Trail. It is not maintained. There was horse poop quite frequently. The worst part was about a mile in, you reach an underpass to cross over the golf course and there was a homeless person living there under the bridge and no way to go around into the Old Croton Woods without passing him. Being in the Bronx, you don't feel safe when you see something like this. We saw the shadow of the man from a distance moving his sleeping blanket and immediately turned around. How scary! We tried to go down 3-4 miles to the lake past the vault area, and cross using the Old Croton Trail but once you reach the street, the stairs to the over pass were closed for construction. The only reason I gave it 2 stars and not 1 was because the lake was beautiful and also the grand central stones were very cool.

hiking
6 hours ago

hiking
7 days ago

road biking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

mountain biking
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

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