Highbridge Park Named after the High Bridge the city's oldest standing bridge.
Highbridge Park was assembled piecemeal between 1867 and the 1960s,
with the bulk being acquired through condemnation from 1895 to 1901. Although widely known for its important landmarks, the Highbridge
tower and formerly mentioned bridge, the park offers natural beauty and
recreational fun that serve as reason enough to visit. The park boasts
the city’s first mountain biking course and a world class skate park.
Open vistas and an unusual geologic makeup greet visitors who stroll the
pathways north and south through the park, while pedestrians and
waterside cyclists on the greenways cherish its magnificent cliffs and
large rock outcroppings. The Highbridge Recreation Center and Pool have
kept active New Yorkers busy since 1936, and several playgrounds and
ballfields have been constructed throughout the park over the last
On Sunday afternoons,
volunteers go into Highbridge Forest and tackle the modern day
challenge of native reforestation. We’ll teach you everything you need
to know, from native plant and tree identification to the how, why, and
what of invasive species removal. Later, you can tell your friends and
family how you helped preserve a forest in the middle of Manhattan!
Subway: IND Line - A train to 168th Street / IRT Line - #1 Train to 168th Street