Hiking Trails

Take the 4 to History, Hike and Nine Holes

The last stop of the 4 train in the Bronx is the Woodlawn station, which is in the Norwood section at Jerome and Bainbridge avenues.

It sits across from the last stop for over 300,000 New Yorkers at Woodlawn Cemetery. The National Historic Landmark was established in 1863 by prominent New Yorkers looking for an accessible final resting place in Manhattan. The subway stop came later in 1918.

What do you want to know

  • Woodlawn station is the last stop in the Bronx on the 4 train
  • The historic Woodlawn Cemetery is located across the street on Jerome Avenue
  • The station is also close to the east end of Van Cortlandt Park and its hiking trails
  • Mosholu 9-hole golf course is within walking distance of the resort and offers a youth development program

“Our board lobbied to get the IRT out here, it changed our demographics, all of a sudden Broadway theater people, and we became the graveyard of the Harlem Renaissance,” said Susan Olsen, director of historical services at Woodlawn.

The new subway station attracted legends, such as composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, who wasn’t the last jazz great to call Woodlawn their resting place. There is also Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, who all wanted to be buried near Ellington, creating what is called the Jazz Corner.

Woodlawn attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year from around the world for guided tours, concerts and literary talks.

“Woodlawn is a place to visit, and it’s a place to remember, and that’s what’s so great about the subway is that anyone can get here at any time,” Olsen said. She noted that some of the most visited sites include the grave of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, and the memorials to victims and survivors of the Titanic disaster.

Not far from Woodlawn, through the woods, is Van Cortlandt Park, the third largest park in the city. Urban Park Rangers Michalle Catania and Victoria Mezik showed NY1 around the east end of Van Cortlandt, where there are plenty of trails to explore, including the John Muir Trail.

“It’s the only path in Van Cortlandt Park that runs east to west. The rest of our paths are north and south, and that allows you to cross several major highways as well as Tibbetts Brook,” Mezik said.

Walking towards Katonah Avenue there are a few Irish pubs and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. It is a neighborhood that many Irish-Americans and new Irish immigrants call home. Grocery stores also carry many Irish items.

Also in the Woodlawn area is Mosholu Golf Course, a public nine-hole course just off Jerome Avenue.

“Truly, Mosholu is our oasis in the Bronx,” said Matt Rawitzer, executive director of First Tee, Metropolitan New York, which runs the course.

For over 20 years, the course has housed a youth development program that incorporates life skills and golf education.

“Easy access and it’s a place where a lot of kids congregate and it’s a safe environment for them,” said Anthony Rodriguez, senior program manager for First Tee at Mosholu.

A journey on the 4 train to the last stop will bring visitors history, nature, a taste of Ireland and a round of golf.