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Van Cortlandt Park

Bronx, Bronx County

Van Cortlandt Manor and ducks swimming

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More than half of the park's 1,100 acres are protected as "forever wild," making Van Cortlandt's preserve the third largest of New York City's Forever Wild Nature Preserves. You can see an exceptional diversity of migrant songbirds, and nearly every species of land bird in the region has been recorded in the Croton Woods portion of the park.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Eastern kingbirds
  • Mallards
  • Green herons
  • Snowy egrets
  • Barred owls
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Muskrats
  • Painted turtle

Where to Watch

  • Paths
  • Nature trails
  • Bridle trail
  • Bicycle trail
  • Nature Center

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Horseback riding trails
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Accessible Features

This New York City Department of Parks and Recreation site has accessible features that include a hiking trail. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


1,146 acres

Closest Town



Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Van Cortlandt Park. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 718-430-1890

Address: Van Cortlandt Park S. between Broadway and Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY

Website: Van Cortlandt Park (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: NYS DEC