What to do in Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park

The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water into New York City from 1842 to 1955. Most of the structure lies beneath the trail and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The aqueduct itself remains intact; the northern sections continue to supply water to Ossining. The trail offers an enjoyable, level 26-mile walk from the New Croton Dam in northern Westchester to van Cortlandt Park at the New York City line. Parking is on local streets.

The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water into New York City from 1842 to 1955. Most of the structure lies beneath the trail and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The aqueduct itself remains intact; the northern sections continue to supply water to Ossining. The trail offers an enjoyable, level 26-mile walk from the New Croton Dam in northern Westchester to van Cortlandt Park at the New York City line. While primarily a walking path, parts of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, biking and, in winter, cross-country skiing. Panoramas of the Hudson River are visible, particularly in Yonkers and Hastings. Many historic homes, two nature preserves and, in Ossining, a museum highlighting the construction of the Aqueduct, are immediate neighbors. The trail passes through eleven communities, offering 'Main Street' services and is accessible uphill from Metro-North Hudson Line trains and bus services along Rte 9.

Recreation
The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park offers self-guided tours with interpretive signs, scenic views, biking, bridle path, hiking trails and cross-country skiing.

Location
The Old Croton Aqueduct travels from the New York City line (Yonkers) north in Van Cortlandt Park to the Croton Reservoir. Parking is on local streets.

Climate
This area has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from above 22 degrees down to 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Address
15 Walnut Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Phone: 914-693-5259

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