History of the Heights walk - Ft. Tryon and Inwood Park

  • March 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • 190th St. A Train Station (on Fort Washington Ave.)

Weather for Saturday -

Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

-NOAA weather

A late winter nature and History of the Heights walk through the upper Manhattan gems of Ft. Tryon and Inwood Park.

On this walk learn a lot about the history of upper Manhattan, from pre-Revolutionary days to present.

Who was Margaret Corbin? and why is a circle named after her?

How did the Cloisters get here?

What has been found along Broadway in years past?

Where did George Washington have his headquarters in upper Manhattan during the Revolution?

Bald Eagles in Inwood Park? really?

Who was Tryon? and why does he have a fort named after him? (and where IS the fort, for that matter?)

Along the way I'll talk about a lot of the history that has formed the Heights and Inwood.

We will walk through Ft. Tryon Park with it's Revolutionary War history and the Cloisters (we won't be stopping at the Cloisters on this walk) and Inwood Park, with it's second growth forest (some trees over 3 feet wide - others almost 300 years old!) and interesting history.



Bring your cameras - we will start the walk in Heather Gardens in Ft. Tryon, pass down through the alpine hill, past the Cloisters and pass Riverside Drive over to Inwood. Many interesting shots along the way.

It's a fairly short walk, three miles up and down hills on old paved trails, running shoes or light hiking boots are fine- weather depending. At most you might want to bring snacks and a bottle of water. Dress for the weather.

***Please note - while the distance is short, the walk will take at least two to three hours. It's a learning experience with numerous stops along the way. While walking, we will keep a good pace, but I will be stopping throughout the walk to talk about history or nature.***


Meeting spot -

Meet on Ft. Washington Ave - right by the 190th St. A train stop and Corbin Circle. A train to 190th St. take the elevator up to Ft. Washington Ave. or take either the M100 or Bx7 bus to 193rd St. (right before the Post Office on Broadway) and walk up the steps in Ft. Tryon.

We will begin at 11AM, if the A is running local that day please allow for extra travel time.


Weather - we will walk in snow.

We'll end the hike by the soccer fields pretty close to Indian Road Cafe where you can grab a coffee for the walk home.

*The walk ends at the north end of the park - you can walk east on 218th St. to catch a bus on Broadway or the 1 at 215th St., or pass by the ballfields and head east on Isham to catch the A at 207th.*

$5 fee to cover organizing costs.

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  • Tracy

    It's always awesome to explore Manhattan's undeveloped areas with Peter, who is a walking encyclopedia!

    March 13, 2013

  • Arcenis R.

    As always, I learned a lot about the history of this section of NYC. Peter has a wealth of knowledge about this stuff that he generously shares with us each time out. The old photos and info hand-out were very nice touches.

    March 3, 2013

    • Mary A

      Good to meet you!

      March 3, 2013

  • Peter

    Thanks all who came out to enjoy the Heights on a colder than expected day!!

    March 2, 2013

  • judy

    It sounded great sorry to missit.

    March 2, 2013

  • Mary A

    Peter has a wealth of historical knowledge about the area which added a wonderful dimension to the hike. Weather was colder than expected which made stopping a little uncomfortable.

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Tracy

    I got confused about the dates....

    March 2, 2013

  • Anne K.

    I'm not going to be able to make tomorrow's walk. I arrived home today from a trip to Germany and I'm feeling pretty wrecked.

    March 1, 2013

  • judy

    Hey Peter-can you tell me the route you will be taking-sounds like thru the park down to dyckman. Ie: Where will u be at 1?

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Peter, I won't be able to make it. Sounds like fun, hope you do this one again soon.

    March 1, 2013

  • Peggy L.

    Not back from Costra Rica in time, but hope for a second chance come Spring.

    February 25, 2013

  • Lauren

    i need to join in the middle. anyone know at what time the group will hit dyckman street?

    February 20, 2013

  • Tracy

    I am so excited for this. I love all the information you share, Pete. You're like a walking encyclopedia!

    February 20, 2013

  • Bareena

    This sounds like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it. In fact, I might not know until the day before. Is there a deadline for RSVPs, and is there a maximum number of people at all?

    February 17, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Plans have changed

    February 17, 2013

  • Peggy L.

    I'll still be in Costa Rica, but would love to catch this hike the next time around.

    February 15, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Will update if plans change

    February 15, 2013

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