Recreation

Recreational facilities in the Rivertowns are among their leading attractions. We are proud of our vast extensive park and recreational facilities.

One of our most famous resources is The Croton Aqueduct Trailway and State Park. Owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, this trailway offers a scenic 26 mile walk from Northern Westchester County into New York City, following the path that once brought fresh water from the Croton River to New York City. The trail begins at New Croton Dam in northern Westchester and ends in Van Cortlandt Park at the New York City line. This is a walking trail, but horses are welcome on parts of it, as are bicycles when it is not rainy or muddy. Once snow covers the ground, the trail is great for cross-country skiing.

The aqueduct carried water to New York City from 1842 to 1955, and northern sections still operate to Ossining. Most of the structure is intact underground and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Travelers on the trail are treated to views of the Hudson River, historic homes and two nature preserves. In Ossining, a museum highlighting the construction of the aqueduct is within walking distance of the trail.

The trail passes through 11 communities, offering "Main Street" services and is accessible uphill from Metro-North Hudson Line trains and bus services along Route 9. Parking is on local streets.

Nearby parks and historic sites include Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Clarence Fahnestock State Park and Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

Links to more information on the Croton Aqueduct:
Old Croton Aqueduct
Old Croton Trail
New York State Parks Historic Preservation

Another retreat from city life is the Rockefeller State Preserve in Tarrytown. It is 860 acres of Hudson Valley vistas, laced by 20 miles of carriage paths, plus a 24-acre lake which support an abundance of wildlife.

DOBBS FERRY
Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway. The trailway runs through Dobbs Ferry, where hikers will pass the maintenance barn and the house of the Aqueduct overseer, built in 1845. Wonderful vistas of the Hudson River and Palisades also can be seen through this stretch. Owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the trailway offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester County into New York City, or vice versa, following the path of the aqueduct that was once used to bring fresh water from the Croton River to New York City.

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON
The Village is rich in arts and recreational opportunities. The oldest golf course in the United States, St. Andrew's, is a spectacular private facility. There is public golf as well, and two yacht clubs along the Hudson River.

MacEachron Waterfront Park next to the Hastings train station offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Palisades.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway. The trailway runs through Hastings, meandering through the village parallel to the Hudson River. Spectacular views of the Hudson River and Palisades can be seen through this stretch. Owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the trailway offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester County into New York City, or vice versa, following the path of the aqueduct that was once used to bring fresh water from the Croton River to New York City.

IRVINGTON
Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway. The trailway runs through Irvington, passing the architecturally significant Stiner-Ross House, commonly called the Octagon House, as well as Columbia University Press, Nevis Labs and Mercy College. Owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the trailway offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester County into New York City, or vice versa, following the path of the aqueduct that was once used to bring fresh water from the Croton River to New York City.

TARRYTOWN
Patriot's Park: Exactly on the border between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and next door to the Warner Library, the park features a statue of John Paulding. It commemorates the capture by Paulding and his fellow patriots, Isaac Van Wart and David Williams, of the British spy John André.

Pierson Park: Recently expanded and updated, Pierson Park is a popular spot on West Main Street, with expansive views of the Tappan Zee.

Old Croton Aqueduct State Park: The trailway runs through Tarrytown from the Old Dutch Church Burial Ground in Sleepy Hollow to Sleepy Hollow High School. Through the business section of Tarrytown, the trail continues south across Route 87 to cross the grounds of Lyndhurst and Sunnyside before reaching Irvington.

SLEEPY HOLLOW
Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway. The trailway runs through Headless Horseman country, otherwise known as Sleepy Hollow. Here the trail passes behind the Old Dutch Church cemetery made famous in Washington Irving's stories and crosses the Pocantico River near the spot where the Headless Horseman scared Ichabod Crane.
Rockefeller State Preserve:
Kingsland Point Park, Palmer Avenue off Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow. A scenic county park right on the Hudson River.