Central Park is as big as it is beautiful. Use this walking route to guide yourself to many of the park's great attractions.
Note: There are numerous unmarked paths all over the park. For ease of navigation and explanation, this route generally aims to stick to the main thoroughfares. Feel free to veer off to discover the nooks and crannies of Central Park as you desire.
To learn more about each attraction, click on the attraction names below or Jump to the Central Park Page.
Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Time Commitment: About 2 hours at a leisurely pace.
Start: Begin your walk from the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park. The 72nd Street subway station is located across the street from the park and the B and C trains both stop here. Stay toward the left side of the entrance and walk straight ahead and into Strawberry Fields.
From the mosaic, take the path that veers to the left and goes through Strawberry Fields. You will come to a big road and a large statue of Daniel Webster will be to your left. Cross the road to get to the sidewalk on the other side. Take a right and walk along the road until you see a large lawn on your left.
2. Sheep Meadow
Follow the path around the meadow. The meadow is surrounded by a chain-link fence. If you want to take some time to enjoy Sheep Meadow, enter through one of the eight entrances around the perimeter.
3. The Mall
The Mall is a wide path that is located to the east of Sheep Meadow. The south end is marked by statues of literary figures. Continue north along the Mall until it opens up to a large terrace.
The terrace has an upper level and a lower level connected by a wide staircase. A paved path that leads out of the west side of the lower terrace heads toward the Bow Bridge.
The Bow Bridge crosses over a narrow section of the Lake.
Getting from the Bow Bridge to Belvedere Castle is the trickiest part of this route. The Ramble, a wooded area full of twisted and winding paths, is located in between the two. There is no direct route to get across. Walk generally north, keeping the lake to your left. You should also be heading slightly uphill since Belvedere Castle is at the highest point in the park. If you have extra time, feel free to lose yourself in the Ramble, which is known for its bird watching opportunities.
Getting through the Ramble to the castle takes some effort, but it's worth it. This castle overlooks Turtle Pond and the Great Lawn to the north.
End: From the castle, the easiest way to exit the park is by following the paths westward until you get to the edge of the park. The nearest subway station is at 81st Street.