The 26-mile long Old Croton Aqueduct State Park and the Aqueduct Trail, running from the Westchester-NYC border north to the Croton Dam, offers walking, biking, running and cross-country skiing, making its way through other important historic sites along the Hudson River. The Trail also connects with the remainder of the Old Croton Aqueduct pathway to the south, which crosses the High Bridge into Manhattan and ends at the New York Public library.
The Westchester Trail offers alluring views of the Hudson River and the Palisades as well as miles of natural beauty. It draws visitors through ten Hudson River communities, eight of them on the shore of the Hudson River. These communities offer a wide variety of restaurants, attractions and shops, all within easy access to stops on the Metro North trains and Route 9. Access to the Trail may be gained through side streets along the Trail. It also connects with other trails, enhancing options for exploration. Maps and directions are available online, by phone and at the Keeper’s House information center. Within the Park, the Old Croton Aqueduct Keeper’s House Visitor and Education Center, located on the Trail in Dobbs Ferry, was built in 1857. This Superintendent’s House, the only example remaining along the Trail, was home to the original Superintendent of this stretch of the Trail, James Bremner.
The Old Croton Aqueduct water system, is one of the premier architectural and engineering feats of its time and was the first to provide desperately needed fresh water to New York City. The Keeper’s House offers tours, films, installations and exhibits for all ages, which tell the story of the Old Croton Aqueduct, its purpose, construction and a myriad of historic details. Also offered are educational programs for the public, groups and schools, and a variety of exhibits and events. Check www.aqueduct.org for current events.