Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:30AM - 4:00PM
New York, Hudson River Valley,
This event is part of the Explore NYC activity series, see the link below for more exciting activities like this. Join me on an exploration of the Old Croton Aqueduct! Constructed in 1837, this 41 mile lifeline fed NYC water until 1965. Now the northern most 26 miles of the aqueduct is a state park that runs through Westchester County. In 1992, the aqueduct and its winding paths was awarded National Historic Landmark Status. This is a one way trip: At 9:30am we'll start at the Dobbs Ferry Metro North Station where we will meet on Station Plaza just outside of the pedestrian overpass that brings you over the tracks from the parking lot to the road. From there, it is a short 2 minute walk along the road to intersect with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail where we will turn to head South along the trail. The trail will wind us through some wooded areas, fields, parks, urban centers, and even people's back yards. Eventually, we'll turn East and head into Tibbetts Brook Park where we may jump off the Croton Trail for the more scenic South Country Trailway. The last portion of our hike will bring us over the parkway to the West side of Van Cortlandt Park for a walk down the Bridle Trail finishing at the 242nd St. Van Cortlandt Park  train stop. This will be a moderately-paced urban hike, covering approximately 11 miles of paved, gravel, and dirt walkways. Please bring plenty of snacks and at least 2 liters of water, AND LUNCH. We may pass by several delis and cafés along the way, but our lunch stop will unlikely have anything conveniently located nearby. Please also wear appropriate footwear and apparel; we will be walking for a long period of time. Please pack a waterproof rain jacket as the end of March / early April tend to have wet weather.
We'll be taking the 8:20am Metro North Rail train (Hudson Line) leaving from Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The ride is approximately 45 minutes and will leave us at Dobbs Ferry at 9:05am. We'll only be using the MNR in one direction so please buy a ONE WAY ticket NOT a round trip. MNR ticket is $8.75 when purchased in the station; it's almost double if you wait until you are on the train.