April 19, 2004

Van Cortland Park

POST #    953

At the end of the 1/9 train (or the Nostalgia Train) in The Bronx is Van Cortland Park. I had never been there before yesterday, but it was certainly rewarding to visit. To me, it's almost like it is a "hidden treasure", despite the fact that so many people know about it. It's not the same as Central Park, with it's manicured fields, but is unique in its own right. Van Cortland Park, the third largest park in the city, has fields for sports, a cross country track, a golf course, and more than a few poorly marked paths to walk on.

More on the Van Cortlands and their history at the Van Cortland House website.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 10:55 AM



Hey I want to know how many miles the dirt track in Van Cortland park is? Not the regular arena track. I appreciate your time to answer my question. Thanks!
Yael Markman

Posted by: Yael Markman at July 20, 2005 10:01 PM

The main cinder track is about 3 miles. If you add the offshoot up cemetary hill it makes it about another mile longer.

For instance. The colleges run 5 miles on the course. They go the normal path across the footbridge to the back hills & back over coming thru the steps area on broadway which is roughly 3 miles. Then the head back into the woods and make the sharp left up cemetary hill back down to the bridge & stay on that side heading left back to the steps again = roughly 5 miles.

Mile 1 marker is just before the bridge past the cemetary hill turn. 2 mile is near the bathrooms in the back hill section.

Posted by: TS at October 15, 2005 7:46 PM

What are some hotels near the park? Coming for the College race on Feb. 18, 2006.


Posted by: Anna at February 14, 2006 2:00 PM

who is van cortland

Posted by: eminem_jr_11_1993 at April 30, 2006 1:49 PM

I jog the flats of Van Cortlandt, not the small 1/4 mile track, just the circle around not going into the hills. You answered another runner that it is 3 miles? I don't believe this to be correct, maybe by adding the hills? I appreciate your response.


Posted by: Peggy at November 26, 2006 8:40 AM

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