26-Mile Challenge - 1 of 5 - Croton to Ossining

26-Mile Challenge - 1 of 5 - Croton to Ossining

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 10:00am

This series of walks is now full. We plan to offer the series again in the future. Thank you for all of your interest!

Approximately 6 miles, 5 hours

If you have been thinking of walking the 26 miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) in Westchester and don’t know how to start, or don’t want to do it alone, this may be your opportunity. Over the next several months, there will be five walks that together will cover the 26 miles of the OCA trail in Westchester. Each walk will cover a segment of the trail ranging in distance from between 3 to 6 miles; walks will be held on Sundays as follows: 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5 and 5/19. In the event of inclement weather, alternate dates will be offered. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct awards a Patch and a Certificate to anyone who completes the entire 26 miles of the OCA trail in Westchester. If you are aiming for your patch, please sign up for all 5 walks as they are published on the website to avoid disappointment. (Patches are free to members of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, non-members will be charged $10/patch.)

The Details: Terrain will be mostly level with some moderate elevation changes, there will be roots and rocks; please wear appropriate footwear. Please bring lunch, snacks and water – there will be rest stops along the way. Rest rooms may not be immediately available on some segments.

Important Note: These are one-way walks. Plan accordingly if you will need to return to your starting point. Metro-North is available near the start and end of each walk.

WALK 1: Meet at Croton Gorge Park Parking Lot, near the Restrooms Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567 GPS Coordinates: 41.22603, -73.85770. Metro-North in Croton-Harmon – 15 minute taxi ride Walk will end at Nelson Sitting Park, corner of Spring St. and Everett Ave., Ossining 10562. Street parking available. Metro-North in Ossining – taxi or 20 minute walk

Required: Pre-registration.