Where: Summit Rock, Central Park
When: 9:30 am
Who: All our beautiful guests
SUMMIT ROCK, Central Park
Summit Rock, on the western edge of Central Park at 83rd Street, is the highest elevation in the park. Peaking at 137.5′, it stands just a few feet above Vista Rock, home of Belvedere Castle. Shielded from the park drive by a thick grove of trees, it is sometimes overlooked by park visitors. Josh, a born New Yorker, didn’t even know it existed until Karen found the location. It is just north of the site once occupied by the 19th century community of Seneca Village and legend has it that it was traditionally used by the local Native Americans as a meeting place.
It can be approached from either the north or south sides, however the path on the southside, just north of Diana Ross playground, is definitely more dramatic. And it keeps with our music theme!!
Summit Rock starts as a gently sloping trail that leads to a stone stairway, cut into the side of the hill. At the top there is a small meadow, while on the eastern side there is a flag stone terrace.
Today, Central Park visitors often climb to the top of Summit Rock, where they can view the city below and even catch a glimpse of New Jersey on the Rock’s western side.