John Muir Nature Trail

The John Muir Nature Trail (established in 1997) is Van Cortlandt’s only east–west path, traversing the steep terrain at the park’s center. Park visitors can hike the 1.5–mile path between Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park East.

For a full visual description, take a virtual walk on the trail.

The American-Scottish Foundation® has a long history of involvement and cooperation with the City of New York Department of Parks& Recreation and the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy.

Following an initial donation to the John Muir Trust in 1994, the ASF sponsored its inaugural annual John Muir Golf Tournament, in partnership with Parks & Recreation, in 1996; which has since become a popular annual event.

Since 1997, The American-Scottish Foundation® has worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in the creation of The John Muir Nature Trail.

In 2001 The American-Scottish Foundation® officially dedicated The John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park with Commissioner Henry Stern, Liz Hanna, John Muir's great, great, great granddaughter and Alison McGachy, Director of the Scottish John Muir Trust, in attendance.

The ASF is proud to sponsor annual internships with the Parks Department of New York and to offer ongoing support for the one and half mile John Muir Nature Trail through an annual program of events and initiatives.


Spring Flowers                $ 100          

Autumn clearing              $ 250

Forester Support             $ 500

Intern Support                 $1000

Named Forestery (3 month)

Internship support            $5000   


ASF sponsors of Intern Forestry Program will be invited to be guests of the ASF at the annual Golf Awards, and will be recognized for their support on the ASFand Van Cortlandt web sites.

To help in the development and upkeep of the John Muir Trail, please download the Environmental Projects Donation Form here.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

The American-Scottish Foundation® continues its involvement in developing and improving this valuable facility in one of the prettiest parks of New York City, such as indicated in the concept plans below.