Raoul Wallenberg Forest Hiking Trails
Raoul Wallenberg Forest Preserve is located across the street from Riverdale Park and is named in honor of Raoul Gustav Wallenberg (1912-1947), a Swedish diplomat who is credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from likely extermination by the Nazis during World War II. This 111-acre forest features one main trail, the Orange Trail, which loops through the forest with access points from Palisades Avenue, West 232nd Street and Seton Park.
Raoul Wallenberg Forest Preserve features many trees with trunks more than 30 inches in diameter. These include two “Great Trees”, a white oak with a trunk 45 inches in diameter, and a European beech with a trunk 52 inches in diameter. The forest is also home to several densely vegetated areas of blackberries, wineberries, grapes, roses, black locust and sumac trees, and various wildflowers. Dozens of species of birds, including downy woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, and white-throated sparrows, are also indigenous to the park.
Point of Interest
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Points of Interest
Ruins of Seton Hospital
Adjacent to Raoul Wallenberg Forest, Seton Park is named in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), known to her friends and followers as Mother Seton. Seton Hospital, named in her honor, occupied these parklands until 1955, when it was demolished. The ruins of the foundation of Seton Hospital's facilities can be found at this location in Raoul Wallenberg Forest along the Orange Trail.