2. The Mall

Central Park fall foliage shines along the straight path of the Mall.
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The Mall runs through the middle of the park from 72nd to 66th street and is the park’s widest pedestrian pathway. This pathway is lined with rows of American Elms, one of the largest remaining arrangements of elms left in the country. In the fall, the leaves of these American Elms turn a glowing yellow. According to the Central Park Conservancy’s foliage report, at the time of this writing, the Mall is at peak foliage! Discounting the Conservatory Garden, the Mall is the only formal feature in the park’s naturalistic design and the only intentional straight line inside the park. The path of the mall leads to the Bethesda Fountain.