Fort Washington Park is a tranquil spot that will make you think you're anywhere but the big city. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Tree-lined paths and breathtaking river views. It's hard to believe it's all only steps away from the Henry Hudson Parkway in Washington Heights' Fort Washington Park.
"Beautiful to be here in the city but to be in nature as well, so it's like you have the best of both worlds," says one park visitor.
The park is a draw for bikers, runners and tourists too. Anyone seeking an escape from the city can find peace and quiet in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. There are athletic activities like tennis too. But it's the dramatic views of the bridge and New Jersey's Palisades that's the star. Some say it's especially alluring in the fall as the colors of the trees start to change.
"It's just a beautiful ride, its very scenic with all the trees and everything especially with the change of seasons," says one park visitor.
Fort Washington Park is also famous for its connection to a 1942 children's book, "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge." The lighthouse has been there since 1921 and regularly draws people who love the book. It's also the last lighthouse left in Manhattan.
"I love that there's this cute little lighthouse underneath this gigantic bridge, I mean it's adorable," says one park visitor.
"The picture is just perfect, it just sticks out like a big red thumb amongst all the greenery, it just looks wonderful," says another park visitor.
"Little Red Lighthouse and then you have the George Washington Bridge which completely dwarfs it and so you think about before this bridge was here it was kind of a big deal, and now it's little," notes a third park visitor.
The park was also home to a Revolutionary War battle. But even with all the history, it's the views and tranquility that keep people coming back.
"Actually feel like you're out of the city, upstate somewhere, so I love it," says one park visitor.
And despite feeling blissfully remote, it's not all that hard to get here. You can take the A Train to 181st Street and walk across a pedestrian bridge or you can come up from the south on the Hudson River Greenway.