No Pathway North of the Dam
Unfortunately no, the bike path ends at the Kensico Dam. I too wanted to cycle well beyond the dam heading northbound but it is too dangerous.
If you cycle to the top of the dam on the west side of the dam, there is a road that heads north, along the reservoir. The road has a narrow shoulder on the northbound lane, no shoulder on the southbound lane. Cars travel very fast along this road, and I was not comfortable when being passed. I took the road about two miles northbound and then returned. I don't know if there is a trail somewhere north of the dam, but you don't want to ride there. The east side of the dam also has a northbound road that has the same situation, narrow shoulders and high speed traffic.
I also had a question, someone yesterday told me the Bronx River pathway extends from Bronxville all the way into New York City. Does anyone know were to access it exactly from Bronxville? I believe there may be a pathway all the way to NYC but it is not listed because most of it is unpaved. Only in Mount Vernon is there a one mile paved section.
Bring a camera!
My friend and I rode the trail from Bronxville to Kensico Dam. The trail is picturesque, following along the Bronx River. There are numerous wooden bridges to cross and underpasses to maneuver under. Bring a camera, as there are many good photo ops.
The trail was interrupted in Scarsdale, near the Scarsdale train station. To get to Hartsdale where the trail resumes, exit the train station and take a left to cross over the bridge. Take an immediate left at the light to ride through the Village. There are shops and restaurants there. When you get to where the Bronx River Parkway entrance ramp is, bear right onto Crane Rd. Take an immediate left onto Fox Meadow Rd. You'll ride through a beautiful neighborhood. Next take a left at the light onto Fenimore Rd., which heads toward the Hartsdale train station. Do not cross over the bridge that goes over the train tracks. Look for the Hartsdale welcoming sign. Take a right into the train station parking lot. At the end of the parking lot, bear right, cross over the bridge, then take a left onto the trail. Bear left to cross over the wooden bridge and you're on your way. That detour takes about 10-15 minutes.
The trail can be confusing because it sometimes goes on both sides of the river. There are some areas where you could keep doing circles if you keep crossing the wooden bridges. You might want to make mental notes as you go. There are several road crossings but for the most part, there are brown trail signs fairly visible to get you back on the trail.
The Kensico Dam Plaza is really cool. You can see the dam looming in front of you. There are bathrooms there. On a Sunday, there might be a flea market and food too.
A wonderful and challenging trail, 2nd segment is exciting, keeps you on your game!
I'm surprised there hasn't been a review of this trail since 2004, so here goes. (i used to post on here as DanburyDave under a different email and had some of my reviews published in a rail trail guidebook a few years back.)
This trail really such a gem, considering the proximity of the highway which was the first parkway in the country. It's easy to get to as I biked from Danbury to Brewster and took the train to Valhalla. The trail starts at the Kensico Dam Plaza, just east of the train station.
This first 5 miles wasn't my favorite part of the trail, but it is really beautiful. There are a lot of floodplains and long, straight visibility for all trail users. There aren't too many trash receptacles or benches but the grow more plentiful at the end.
You bypass the North White Plains and White Plains stops without seeing too much of the city at all, which has its positives and negatives. But this isn't a rail trail, it's a river trail and it naturally follows the river where and when it can. There are a few bridges, some at-grade street crossings, an aqueduct arch bridge that you can climb up inside for amazing architectural views and some on-road rights of way.
Almost at the end of the trail is a bridge that is dilapidated and an orange fence stops you, but considering there aren't any nearby streets or signs telling you where to backtrack, it's travel at your own risk. (It's in the spot where the Sprain Brook curve east in an arc nearest to Woodland Place and the other end is the river, railroad tracks and then open space. It's at least 1 mile north to White Plains for the nearest cross street or 1.4 miles south. That's my biggest pet peeve on trails; detour signs with no alternatives.
Luckily for me, there was a group of teen volunteers at the other end of the river, chipping off graffiti on the abutment. (You can see my pic of the bridge.) There were 4 planks missing, with 2 perpendicular next to each other that i walked over as i put my bike on the end rail and walked with it. then a bunch of planks and then 2 missing. One teen helped grab my bike while i jumped over.
The 1st segment ends at Greenacres Street in Hartsdale. Take a left on Greenacres, then a right on Walworth Ave which becomes Fox Meadow; a nice residential and quiet street. At the end, make a right on Crane and a quick left on "East Parkway" which is little more than a narrow street, incorporated as a parking lot within the Scarsdale Train Station. The other direction is a one-way but wider.
This is the tricky part of the trail. If you make your next right on the main road, you'll see the trail under you on the right and there are NO signs telling you where to go. The next right won't cut it. Turns out there's a small entrance behind the train station. If you take it to your right, it goes under the highway with some very beautiful bridge abutments in the water and some cool looking bottom sections of the nation's first parkway. You can continue on along the water, but it's best to walk it as a section is missing and then there's a small, narrow green bridge leading across to the other end, with a walkup to the road with a small opening in the guardrail on Aqueduct Drive.
The first 3 miles of this 5 mile segment make the trip very worthwhile. It feels longer than it really is. I would love to do it all the time, it's that fun. It can be very technical as there's sudden drops in elevation or dips that require you to gain enough speed to get back up; a true optical delusion. There's hardly any visibility or straight lines at this point and it's very curvy and you have to be on your game to brake and watch out for trail users. It's pretty narrow here as it's not a traditional 10-ft wide rail trail. As with the White Plains segment, the trail goes under old stone arch bridges right on the water with railings so you have to watch your speed, turning ratio and if you're tall like me, ride downwards and duck at times. This section also has amazing wooden bridges that look quite artisan like with log planks etc and some waterfalls add to the beauty.
Then after a long "S", the trail becomes the oncoming shoulder of the Bronx River Parkway for a short while, before becoming disappearing into Tuckahoe. It abruptly ends at Palmer Avenue and doesn't continue.
The nearby Bronxville train station is .3 miles away. Left on Palmer, right on Pondfield, right on Kraft.
(If you want to continue on the South County Trailway, hang a right on Palmer and get ready to climb up the big hill, then a left on Mile Square, a right on Midland, a left on Yonkers and a quick right on Midland. This is because of the bridge detour over the Cross County Parkway). Turn right into Tibbetts Park, make a right and go past the football field, then look for signs up the hill to the other end of the bridge. You can take this through to Van Cortlandt Park and then hit the subway at 238th Street.)
Bronxville to Eastchester Section
"Unlike the numerous surface types and varying conditions trail users will encounter on the northern section between Scarsdale and Valhalla, the trail surface between Bronxville and Eastchester is completely asphalt, uniformly smooth, and dry. Although gentle hills and winding segments predominate, this section of the Bronx River Pathway will still nonetheless truly delight most bicyclists and in-line skaters.
Due to the rather densely populated area this section of the trail goes through, expect to encounter sizeable numbers of trail users on good weather weekend days (especially near Bronxville Lake and Crestwood Lake). Also, parking spaces near the trail on any day other than a Sunday will be at a premium. On Sundays, free parking is available at the three Metro-North train stations along the route (Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Crestwood). The commuter parking lot at the Crestwood station is most convenient to the trail.
Because this trail parallels the Bronx River Parkway and Metro-North’s Harlem Division train tracks, it can be very noisy at times. However, the lush wooded backdrop, peaceful Bronx River, charming pedestrian bridges, and expert trailside landscaping will assist you in forgetting about the constant din.
Like its sister trail from Scarsdale to Valhalla, there are several extremely busy and potentially dangerous street crossings along this route. One short segment of utilizes the shoulder of a city street in Tuckahoe. Parents with young children should exercise extreme caution.
This is a very nice city-located trail for biking, walking, running, or in-line skating. It is completely wheelchair accessible and also convenient to public transportation (Metro-North). Those within a 30-45 minute drive or train ride should not miss it."