The group will meet at Grand Central Station, to catch the 7:45am Metro North Hudson Line train to Croton-Harmon. The group will then ride about 4 miles inland to the top of the Croton dam, and from there begin the journey south. All riders are responsible for train tickets and MTA Bicycle Permit. This is a no-drop ride at conversational pace. The surface is hard dirt, light gravel and pavement.
The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to New York City from 1842 to 1955. Most of the structure lies beneath the trail and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The aqueduct itself remains intact; the northern sections continue to supply water to Ossining.
The trail offers an enjoyable, level route from the New Croton Dam in northern Westchester County to Yonkers, just north of New York City. While primarily a walking path, parts of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, biking (mountain bikes are recommended), and cross-country skiing. Cyclists should avoid the trail after heavy rains and during the mud season to reduce erosion.
Panoramas of the Hudson River are visible, particularly in Yonkers and Hastings. Many historical homes, two nature preserves, and a museum in Ossining highlighting the construction of the Aqueduct are immediate neighbors. The trail passes through 11 communities and is accessible from Metro-North Hudson Line trains and bus services along Route 9.
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Map and GPS
There are a few ways of winding this route as it gets close to NYC. We are looking at using Highbridge in the Bronx, as this was part of the Aqueduct system.
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