Old Croton Aqueduct Trail Scarborough to Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow, New York

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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.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Scarborough to Sleepy Hollow Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Sleepy Hollow
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours one way, or 3 hours round trip
Season: Apr–Nov
Local Maps: Available from Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct Inc., (914) 693-4117, or for purchase at www .aqueduct .org
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Scarborough to Sleepy Hollow

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May 2018