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Top Ten USA Walks - Central Park NYC

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The Central Park New York City Year Round Walk has been voted in the Top Ten Walks by the clubs of the American Volkssport Association since 1997.
Top Ten Walks by Year

Voting history:
1997: #4
1998: #3
1999: #2
2000: #3
2001: #2
2002: #8
2008: #4

This 11 kilometer (6.8 mile) stroll takes you through a fantastic urban forest, around the reservoir, and past some of the finest museums in the USA.

The walk starts at the New Balance Store, 51 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-997-9112.  The store opens daily at 10:00 a.m and closes at 7:00 PM M-F and at 6:00 PM Sat and 5:00 PM Sun. You should return to the store before closing. Store closes for New Years, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is also a start point for another two Top Ten Walks, the Midtown Manhattan Walk and the Lower Manhattan Walk.

Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park New York CityCheck the AVA web site for the latest information on the walk start place, hours, and route information: New York Year Round Walk List

To enjoy the walk, sign up in the log in the start box and take a map. I enjoyed this year-round walk on a trip to New York in June, 2000.  It was my first visit to New York City. 

The walking directions may change from year to year but still include the major highlights.  The walk goes through Central Park on its excellent walking paths.  Wheels are not permitted on the jogging path around the reservoir, so children will need to be toted in another fashion.

The reservoir jogging trail in Central ParkWalkers may only walk daylight hours, and it is suggested that you walk with a friend on this route, although Central Park is safe for millions of users a year.  You may see some celebrities out walking,  I spied Paul Newman and Joanna Woodard.

The route passes by Strawberry Fields and on past the Dakota Apartments where John and Yoko Lennon lived and John was murdered.  It also goes past several fantastic museums and lists the homes of the rich and famous that border on the park.

The walk is rated easy and there are no difficult hills.  Come and enjoy a walk in the park.

The walk start point is easily located via subway on the 1 and 9 train routes.

Visit our New York City for Visitors site to plan what else to do and see in New York City.

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