As always, the 41 miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is open to the public!
In order to help visitors understand current openings and restrictions the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have put together a list of information for parks and sites along the Aqueduct Trail. For more information and updates, please click on the links below the listings where appropriate.
Mario Cuomo Bridge:
The newly opened 3.6-mile shared bicycle-pedestrian path on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is open to the public. The 12-foot wide shared use path extends from its Westchester Landing (333 South Broadway) in the village of Tarrytown, across one of the widest points of the Hudson River, to the Rockland Landing in the village of South Nyack (1200 Route 9W). Visitor parking, restrooms, bicycle repair stations and other amenities, along with connectivity to local bicycle and pedestrian networks, will be available at both landings. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, path visitors should wear a face mask and practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between themselves and others.
Croton Gorge Park:
Currently, Croton Gorge Park by the Croton Dam is closed Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Please be aware that the parking lot may close intermittently on high-volume days. The following are temporarily unavailable until further notice:
- Grills – all grilling areas both reserved and walk-up.
Croton Gorge Unique Area:
The DEC owned Croton Gorge Unique Area that abuts the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail along Quaker Bridge Road in the Town of Cortlandt has been temporarily closed until further notice and the small parking area there has been closed off. The brand new NY-NJ Trail Conference’s Stewardship Program for the Unique Area provides stewards at the entrance to the Unique Area situated on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail on Weekends until Columbus day. The stewards will engage with visitors arriving at the Unique Area, inform them about the current situation and provide them with alternative resources.
Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
Detour for contruction in Tarrytown at Sleepy Hollow High School: Sleepy Hollow High School is a massive construction site. According to the construction signs, the construction will not end until August 31st. The construction company has only posted one sign on the south end of the construction area for people traveling north on the OCA. Dan Convissor of BikeTarrytown has also posted a much easier to understand sign at this here AND also across the street from the north side of the construction site so that it can be seen by people traveling south on the OCA. Dan has also posted numerous arrows which are VERY helpful for following a quite complicated detour. He is to be commended. For those needing to follow this detour, Dan's signs and arrows are a great help.
Detour signage posted at both ends of the OCA Trail blockage with some of the detour arrows. (Photos: Sara Kelsey)
YOU DOWNLOAD AND CAN PRINT THE DETOUR MAP HERE
Armour–Stiner Octagon House:
Old Croton Aqueduct Keeper's House:
The Keeper's House currently is not open to the public. For updates and information please see our website.
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy:
Untermyer Park and Gardens is closed except for small group guided tours on weekends. Tours for each weekend will go on sale each Thursday morning at 7AM.
The Nature Center building is unavailable until further notice. The grounds of Lenoir Preserve are open to the public.
Phillipse Manor Hall State Historic Site:
Due to COVID-19 all tours and programs are postponed until further notice. The Hall and restrooms currently are closed. Please see their website for updates.
Van Cortlandt Park - Old Croton Aqueduct Trail:
Enter the Trail at either Dickinson Avenue & Van Cortlandt Park South or Mosholu Parkway & West Gun Hill Road. This 1.1 mile segment is part of the 41-mile-long aqueduct that brought water from the Croton Dam to New York City in the 1800s. Due to construction at Broadway and West 242nd Street, the entrance near the subway is closed. Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block. The barbecuing area at Van Cortlandt Park has temporarily been moved behind the Nature Center. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page. Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020
The Putnam Greenway Trail is currently closed for construction. For north-south access, runners and pedestrians can use the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (enter at Mosholu Parkway & Van Cortlandt Park South), and bicyclists and pedestrians can use Broadway. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Trackerpage.