Weather for Saturday -
Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
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.