The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to 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 miles 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 a museum in Ossining highlighting the construction of the Aqueduct are immediate neighbors. The trail passes through 11 communities, offering and is accessible uphill from Metro-North Hudson Line trains and bus services along Route 9. Cyclists should avoid the trail after heavy rains and during the mud season to reduce erosion.
Parking and Trail Access
The trail runs north from the Yonkers - New York City line in Van Cortlandt Park to the Croton Reservoir.
Parking is available on local streets and several municipal parking lots along the trail route. Cyclists are strongly encouraged to use mountain bikes as the trail is rough in certain spots.
Westchester Trails Running Site
I describe this trail with pictures on wetschestertrails.com This is an unpaved trail; you cannot in-line skate on it.
Fall 2001 Update
"It's been over a year since I posted my last review of this trail, so I thought that an update might be in order.
Of all the trails I've biked in the past year, this one still remains my favorite.
I rode the segment from Tarrytown to Yonkers 2 ...
My Favorite Unpaved Trail
"A great trail for those who enjoy long distance, fast moving off-road biking.
Detours via city streets in Yonkers, Tarrytown, North Tarrytown, and Ossning but otherwise a nicely maintained dirt & gravel trek from NYC to the Old Croton Dam.