Looking for a picturesque and secluded getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life? Located right in Central Park is the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a quiet and beautiful trail. This park is ready for exploring, featuring the local flora and fauna of the area. This park is known for mentally transporting out of the city and into Upstate New York. You’ll often forget that you’re still in Manhattan.
Restored in 2016, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary was once an abandoned project, closed off to the public. The park was once referred to as the “Promontory” by the original designers. Once delegated to a rocky hill with no paths or trails, the area was not quite ready to be explored. Overrun by invasive plant species and feral animals, the park was a far cry from what it is today. Now, the nature sanctuary is a hidden gem within Central Park.
Walking the trails of the sanctuary includes moving up and down the hill towards the pond, with plenty of opportunities to sit down and take it all in. On your walk, you’ll see several birds and squirells that have made their home with the park. Bird watching is one of the highlights of the area, in which you can witness up to 210 species that migrate to the area. In autumn you can experience beautiful fall foliage, and in the warm seasons, colorful, blooming flowers.
“One of my favorite Central Park spots. It’s hidden and quiet so you feel like you are out in the woods and not in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities.”
—New York Live with Mickey, Google
Take Amtrak to Hallett Nature Sanctuary
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