The Ravine is a forest smack in the middle of Brooklyn! Why exactly it’s called “The Ravine,” I’m not sure, because in my mind that implies a gorge or precipice of some sort and while there was a brook bed, there was nothing that dramatic I came across. If there is one I’d certainly like to go back and find it, so anyone with directions please feel free to share!
According to the map at the entrance to the forest there’s fifty minutes worth of trail.
I spent about half an hour wondering around and crossing onto different paths, just getting a feel for the space, so I’m planning to head back and really stick to the trails to see what the other twenty or so minutes reveal.
The trail is smooth and paved like the other walkways in prospect park making it navigable regardless of hiking experience.
The path also seemed well staffed, with plenty of workers and volunteers doing trail maintenance, so even if you did get turned around there are plenty of people nearby who know the park. Along the walk there are some beautiful brook passages, small water falls,
and one larger fall that I’ve seen used for promotional material and advertisements for the park
Despite being in the center of Brooklyn, the density of the forest keeps out the din of traffic and the temperature was noticeably cooler making the Ravine a pleasant sliver of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle.