Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx: Address, Phone Number, Van Cortlandt Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Van Cortlandt Park
4.5
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Van Cortlandt Parkis the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres. Over half of the Park is forested and it has the largest freshwater lake in the borough. There is a lot of history in the Park: - It contains the Bronx's oldest building, the Van Cortlandt House built in 1748-49. The Park has the oldest municipal golf course in the United States, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, founded in 1895. -It has a National Historic Landmark trail, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which travels the route of the city's original water tunnel. Inside VCP is a cross-country running course with a national reputation. Every year, the rugged course hosts the national cross-country championships as well as the Manhattan College Invitational for high school students throughout the U.S.
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scouternurse
Rochester, NY29 contributions
nice spot in busy Bronx
May 2021
very peaceful...nice new playground on northern end of it; and a handy and good food truck in the southern end of the park
Written May 29, 2021
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7268
Oakland, CA4,300 contributions
Another best of New York
May 2021 • Solo
Another of New York city's amazing public green spaces. probably designed with locals in mind, this is also a fantastic getaway for a Manhattan tourist. I hiked from isham Park in northern Manhattan, across the Henry Hudson Bridge, and on to Van Cortlandt Park. Read up on the geology of the area, and you will make the same hike.
Written May 17, 2021
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Stephanie W
64 contributions
Nature hike- go with a group**
Dec 2019
We went on the nature hike- For those trying to get out of the city on a weekend, I probably would not recommend the nature trail-- Reasons below:
It veers on the side of the highway for a good 3/4 of a mile and then goes into the forest which is pretty isolated. The trails link up to the Croton Aqueduct but again, pretty far into the forest and not many people around.

If you do head out on this trail- I'd recommend going in a group! Next time I think I'd try out the cross country trail !
Written January 7, 2020
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HOJO
1 contribution
long lost adventures of youth
Nov 2018
back in the 1960's we used to go hiking and having fun fishing in the lake all the time. There were even some deer in the park back then and lots of carp in the lake as we used to sell them to the people hanging out at the lake for candy money later.
great growing up in the north Bronx but even better getting old in Tucson AZ.
Written October 24, 2019
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Sebastian825dlb
Dallas, TX102 contributions
Bronx Gem
Oct 2019 • Friends
This is a gem to go to in the heart of Bronx, NY. It is very easy to get to on the metro, last stop on the red line. Beautiful green park with lots to do. Hiking, games, people were playing Lacrosse when I was there. There are several great aspects of the park to see. 1. Van Cortlandt Manor House, historic site with tours. 2. Grand Central Stones, which are located in the nearby woods. If you don’t know about them, look them up. Awesome story around them.
Written October 22, 2019
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326ETa
New York City, NY112 contributions
Hike-tober fest 2019!
Sep 2019 • Friends
Participated in the hike only portion of this year’s Hike-tober fest and absolutely loved it! It was my first time experiencing Van Cortlandt Park as an adult. It will not be my last.

For starters, the park is massive. And, it is beautiful... I mean beautiful. It’s landscape includes large, gorgeous trees, running streams, trails, etc. The Hike-tober fest organizers gave us three hike options from which to choose. My friends and I decided on the Cass Gallagher trail. This is because the guide described it as 1) covering a large area, 2) providing beautiful scenery and 3) giving us some altitude. Indeed it provided all three. However, we also learned about the park’s history, the trail itself and the different types of plants, trees, birds, insects and animals that call Van Cortlandt Park home.

I was completely blown away by our experience and soooo happy we participated. We experienced a transformational and lovely journey. It didn’t even feel like we were in NYC. (let alone the Bronx)

I highly recommend visiting Van Cortlandt Park. It’s just as, if not more, beautiful than Central Park, Prospect Park, etc...
Written October 1, 2019
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DJtrinivibes
Bronx, NY1,420 contributions
So much activities in one big park!!! wow
May 2019
right in the bronx you can visit this lovely green fun filled beautiful park. you can just relax and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature and chill. my kids was free to run around and enjoy nature at its best right in the middle of the city. you see people running, jogging, cycling, playing soccer, football, cricket, baseball ,hiking, walking or just sleeping. Wow we had so much fun to get away and relax for once. you can take a bus here or take the NYC transit subway to the last stop on the 1 or 4 train or simple just drive and find parking along the park. Enjoy this beautiful park and thank me later
Written August 20, 2019
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Passport590427
New York City, NY31 contributions
Van Cortland Park: is it safe to walk it alone?
Oct 2018
It is beautiful & huge, but i wonder how secure it is to wonder on your own on the trails.
One time I walked for over an hour without meeting another human being, than suddenly there was a small group walking the other way, so I turned around without finishing the loop, suddenly afraid that I might encounter a wild animal ( one hears of coyotes attacks), or a dangerous human..
Written August 11, 2019
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Margaretbx
Bronx, NY18 contributions
Explore one of NYC's biggest wildest parks!
May 2019 • Couples
Van Cortlandt is a beautiful, very large park with opportunities for many activities. There are walking, running, biking trails throughout. There's a lake, and in the house at the lake you can order lunch and watch the ducks, geese and swans cavort. There are two golf courses (well, I think its one real golf course and one driving range) -- Van Cortlandt and Mosholu. There's a public pool. There's horseriding. There's the large parade ground, where you can see (or maybe join in) with soccer games, cricket games, and more. Or just picnic. There are playground in the Southeast and Southwest corners. There's a historic mansion (near Broadway and 252), and a memorial to local soldiers.
Written June 4, 2019
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Craig Z
Abingdon, MD793 contributions
Cool city park!
Nov 2018 • Family
We were here for my son’s cross-country race. It’s a very big park with flat fields for all kinds of sports like soccer and baseball.
There is a very fun and challenging running trail about 3 miles long that takes you through the pretty woods and over a highway bridge. There’s actually gravel on the bridge!
On the back side there are a lot of hills with horizontal wooden dividers that help with erosion but can make you trip if your not looking down.
Written November 28, 2018
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