Van Cortlandt Park Trail is a 9.9 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length9.9 miElevation gain518 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block.

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Ben Smith
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Ines Perez
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Great

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Stephen Coleman
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Great winding 7mi loop, mostly off road, from golf course parking

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Lee Qiu
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Laura Fernandez
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took my dog here. off leash. this is great

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Nelson Roman
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HikingGreat!

The Van Cortland path is an excellent trail for a novice or an experienced hiker. It offers a challenge for th experienced hiker who enjoys jogging trails. The park is well maintained and offers a variety of trails. The trails are marked and coordinated by colored markers. I encourage everyone to enjoy what this amazing park has to offer. I can’t emphasize enough what an amazing park Van Cortland Park has become.

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Imelda Adjei
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Hiking

It was a great view

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Matt Rapillo
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Vanessa Knox
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HikingGreat!

I really enjoyed this trail (the tortoise and hare trail). It was scenic and relaxing. Easy to maneuver.

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Joan Cotter
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Michel Tambwe
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Love it

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Natasha Manners
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Some parts unpaved, somewhat muddy. Lots of noise from the nearby highway

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Michel Tambwe
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Great afternoon

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Bhargava K
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Joey Lapp
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Easy. Can go very far

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Gus Perry
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Ok

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Helen Park
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Whole sections are closed.

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Mashuq Deen
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It’s easily accessible, trails are somewhat maintained, but the city is very present and trails were busy, sometimes with runners, once with a woman who was playing her music loudly through her phone, etc. Not as peaceful as i’d hoped.

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Stephanie Rodriguez
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... don’t want to answer

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Jung Min Lee
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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.

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Michel Tambwe
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Easy and relaxing

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Emilie Wolf
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Lots of trails blocked off for restauration.

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Nick Bacon
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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.

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Trevor Rogers
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HikingMuddy

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.

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Jessica Dorcey
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Hiking

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

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Todd Hoose
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Pat Belanoff
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I recommend this for those who love flowers.

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Jason C
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