Mohansic Trailway

New York

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Mohansic Trailway Facts

States: New York
Counties: Westchester
Length: 1 miles
Trail end points: SR 118 & Downing Drive and Mohansic Avenue East
Trail surfaces: Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 11347685

Mohansic Trailway Description

The Mohansic Trailway is a rail-trail providing an important link between the North County Trailway and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park. The trailway occupies a short-lived spur of the New York and Putnam Railroad that was constructed in 1911 and abandoned 6 years later. The spur was meant to connect from Yorktown Heights to the psychiatric hospital being constructed near Lake Mohansic, but that effort, plagued by controversy, was dropped and the area turned into a state park in 1918.

The spur had two branches, one heading north and to the hospital and one heading west. It is the one heading west that became the Mohansic Trailway. Volunteers put in over 1300 hours of work to make the trail a reality. The trail begins in Yorktown, a short distance from the 20-mile long North Country Trailway. It consists of an unpaved path, a 564-foot boardwalk over wetlands, and three bridges. The surface can get muddy and there is a 20-foot steep section at one point. For ease of access, the city laid gravel from the SR 118 entrance to the first bridge. It runs through the southeast corner of FDR State Park, concluding at Mohansic Avenue East.

Parking and Trail Access

There's parking at the retail and restaurants near Sawmill River Road/ SR 118 and Downing Drive.


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