A small but vibrant woodland located at the southwest corner of Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Woods Nature Sanctuary is one of the best uptown spots to look for birds and take in sweeping views of the Hudson River and Palisades. The woodland is connected to the other last remaining forested parklands along the Hudson River: Fort Washington Park and Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan and Riverdale Park in the Bronx. Bordered on two sides by roadways, it is an urban forest in transition.
The rich diversity of trees and plants growing in Cabrini Woods supports an abundance of wildlife including over 80 bird species. While some birds like the blue jay and red-tailed hawk can be spotted here year-round, most other bird species flock to our woods only during their spring and fall migrations.
Because of elevation changes, the site affords visitors the unique opportunity to view the woods from tree canopy level along the Cabrini Boulevard sidewalk between 190th Street and Margaret Corbin Circle. From this vantage point, one can observe the forest’s surprising biodiversity from above and listen for birdsongs in the treetops.
Fallen and decaying trees provide vital habitat for wildlife including birds, possums, raccoons, and skunks. To protect the wildlife and preserve the ecological integrity of the area, the woodland interior is accessible only by guided tour. Please see our Events Calendar for these and other programs.