Croton Gorge Park

Cortlandt, New York 10980

Croton Gorge Park

Croton Gorge Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Natural wonder and man-made marvels meet on this easy stroll at the top of the Old Croton Aqueduct. The first large masonry dam in the United States stood near here in Croton Gorge, at the northernmost point in New York City’s original water transport system.

Here the Old Croton Aqueduct began, completed in 1842 and used to bring clean, fresh water into the city until late in the nineteenth century. The 40.5-mile aqueduct and the original dam became prototypes for many other cities and regions to follow, including the present- day Catskill and Delaware water system, which supplies 90 percent of New York City’s water today."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
1.6 miles
118 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Additional Use
Westchester County Parks; (914) 827-9568;
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Ossining, NY; Croton Gorge Unique Area map available online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018