Naturalists' Walk: W77-81
From the area surrounding Eaglevale Arch
at West 77th Street to the south, extending toward Hunters' Gate at 81st Street to the north, is a wonderful expanse of Central Park's natural space including a rolling meadow and nature paths lined with split log benches.
The best way to enter Naturalists' Walk is from beneath the Eaglevale Arch
at which point the route dips into a rolling meadow, a choice resting area for residents and visitors who enjoy the serenity of this rich environment.
Bordering the meadow to the east is a rocky inlet and a rustic bridge
which passes over the last trickling remnants of the Lake
At one time this western estuary of the Lake emptied into a small pond and was often used in the winter by women to practice their skating skills before venturing onto the highly trafficked Lake with its boldly aggressive skaters. Hence it was called Ladies' Pond.
To the north at the far end of the meadow is an outcropping of bedrock which rises up to overlook the network of paths that extend from the 79th Street entrance which is directly opposite the gateway to the Museum of Natural History
to Hunters' gate at 81st Street.