Old Croton Aqueduct Trail Scarborough to Sleepy Hollow

Dobbs Ferry, New York

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Follow the course of New York City’s original water source on a shady trail with generous dashes of history. One of the area’s oldest and most established walking trails, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail connects the Lower Hudson Valley with Yonkers and the Bronx by following the route of New York City’s first transported water supply. Your hike takes you atop the protective covering of earth that shields the aqueduct from the elements, allowing this remarkable feat of engineering to carry clean water from Croton Dam all the way to the center of New York, where it filled reservoirs on the sites of today’s Great Lawn in Central Park and the New York Public Library. Your hike crosses the Archville Bridge, which reconnected segments of the trail after a seventy-four- year severance. Perhaps best of all, you will pass through Sleepy Hollow—a real place after all—where author Washington Irving penned his classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Follow the course of New York City’s original water source on a shady trail with generous dashes of history.

One of the area’s oldest and most established walking trails, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail connects the Lower Hudson Valley with Yonkers and the Bronx by following the route of New York City’s first transported water supply. Your hike takes you atop the protective covering of earth that shields the aqueduct from the elements, allowing this remarkable feat of engineering to carry clean water from Croton Dam all the way to the center of New York, where it filled reservoirs on the sites of today’s Great Lawn in Central Park and the New York Public Library.

Your hike crosses the Archville Bridge, which reconnected segments of the trail after a seventy-four- year severance. Perhaps best of all, you will pass through Sleepy Hollow—a real place after all—where author Washington Irving penned his classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dobbs Ferry
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 295 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, 15 Walnut St., Dobbs Ferry 10522; (914) 693-5259 or (914) 631-1470; nysparks.com/parks/96/details.aspx
Local Maps: Available for purchase from Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct Inc., (914) 6934117, or at aqueduct.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Scarborough to Sleepy Hollow

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