Old Croton Aqueduct State Park

Rockefeller State Park Preserve, New York

Distance13.0mi
Elevation Gain774ft
Trailhead Elevation154ft
Top202ft
Elevation Min/Max103/202ft
Elevation Start/End154/154ft

Old Croton Aqueduct State Park

Old Croton Aqueduct State Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Westchester County, New York. It is within Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park and Rockefeller State Park Preserve. It is 13.0 miles long and begins at 154 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 774 feet. Along the trail there are wood and a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Old Croton Acquaduct State Park Trailway and Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway.

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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." Read more
"Follow the course of New York City’s original water source, on a shady trail through lush woodland with occasional 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. Pedestrians, cyclists, and horseback riders now travel along the top of the aqueduct, an underground brick tunnel 8½ feet high and 7½ feet wide. Your hike takes you atop the protective covering of the 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." Read more

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Trail Information

Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Nearby City
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Parks
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 Contacts
Available for purchase from Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct Inc., (914) 6934117, or at aqueduct.org
Local Maps

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Dec 2018