Best Indian Caves (2008)

Inwood Hill Park

Most of INWOOD HILL PARK is wilderness, reclaimed by nature from wealthy estates built in the early 19th century. A pair of massive ridges provides a mini-mountainscape, and from their summits one can catch glimpses of University Heights and Marble Hill across the Harlem River. In the valley between these ridges is a suite of Indian caves, used as hunting lookouts rather than full-fledged residences in the days before Peter Minuit. After enjoying the caves, there's some real rock climbing just above them—much better than the climbing wall at Chelsea Piers. Enter at Emerson Street and scamper up the path behind the handball courts.


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