Van Cortland Park

Van Cortlandt Park — more than a thousand acres atop the ridges and valleys of the northwest Bronx — is New York City's third largest park. Playing fields and playgrounds are scattered about the park's edges, surrounding a richly forested heartland fed by Tibbets Brook. The park is home to the country's first public golf course, the oldest house in the Bronx, and the borough's largest freshwater lake.

From the quiet green shade of its oak forests to the crisp white mantle of cricket players atop the Parade Ground, the park boasts a past rich in culture, well-versed in history, and blessed with the intrinsic beauty of nature.

Current or upcoming events at this location

Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, open-air loop walk. Meet us where we begin (and end) the walk: at the outdoor access bathrooms at the historic 1902 Van Cortlandt Park public golf clubhouse by Van Cortlandt lake. Moderate walk, approximately 6 miles (4-mile only bail-out option available), can be muddy; portions on the John Muir Trail will be hilly. Please bring food & water. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

You can get there in either of two ways: Take the local No. 1, IRT, to the last stop in the Bronx, 242nd St. and walk directly east from Broadway to the park and continue to the golf clubhouse OR park at the first parking lot (free) of the Van Cortlandt Park golf course and walk north to the clubhouse.

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Photo: Scaffolding photo courtesy of NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation