Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 11:00am
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Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Enjoy a free, easy, 2 miles/hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41.22603, -73.85770. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 10:00am
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Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 11:00am
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Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy 4-mile loop beginning and ending at Main Street School at 101 Main Street, Irvington. Enjoy the mostly level, shaded walk in one of the most storied sections of the Aqueduct. Learn about the remarkable Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam CJ Walker, the African-American entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walk the grounds of Lyndhurst Mansion, country home of notorious robber baron, Jay Gould and location site for HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”

Along the way, we will talk about the history of the Aqueduct, the origins of the village of Irvington and Washington Irving’s fascinating connection with the village.

Four miles total, the walk is approximately 3 hours.

Directions

Train: Metro-North Hudson Line stops at Irvington. From the train station, walk up Main Street to Main Street School.
Driving: Navigate to 101 Main Street, Irvington, NY.
Parking: Street parking on Main St. is limited to 2 hours. There is additional 6-hour parking on the side streets. There is also unrestricted parking available on Dow’s Lane next to the Aqueduct (near the ball fields). From Dow’s Lane walk north on the Aqueduct trail for ½ mile.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY, 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Photo Christopher Payne
Saturday, March 23, 2024 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY, 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

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; they will be held on alternating Sundays beginning in April and ending in June 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.

Photo Christopher Payne
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY, 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave., Rte. 133 (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk - parking lots nearby). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 9:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Approximately 6 miles, 5 hours

Walk #2 of the Great 26 Mile Challenge is a continuation of a 5-walk series designed for those who want to walk the entire 26 miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) in Westchester. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct awards a Patch and a Certificate to anyone who completes the 26 miles of the trail. This walk covers the segment of the OCA trail from Ossining to Tarrytown. Future walks will be held on alternating Sundays as follows: 4/28, 5/5 and 5/19.

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.

Important Note: This is a one-way walk. Plan accordingly if you will need to return to your starting point.

Meet at the corner of Spring St. and Everett Ave., Ossining 10562
Street parking available. Metro-North in Ossining – taxi or 20 minute walk
Walk will end at Neperan Park, 43-61 Neperan Rd., Tarrytown 10591
Municipal parking at McKeel Avenue and the Aqueduct (2 blocks north of Neperan Park). Limited street parking on Neperan Rd. Metro-North in Tarrytown – 15 minute walk
Restrooms: Please use restroom before walk as there are no restrooms along the route.

Required: Pre-registration. Will reschedule in the event of rain.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Enjoy a free, easy, 2 miles/hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41.22603, -73.85770. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.
Required: preregistration

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Approximately 5 miles, 4 hours

Walk #3 of the Great 26 Mile Challenge is a continuation of a 5-walk series designed for those who want to walk the entire 26 miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) in Westchester. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct awards a Patch and a Certificate to anyone who completes the 26 miles of the trail. This walk covers the segment of the OCA trail from Tarrytown to Dobbs Ferry. Future walks will be held on 5/5 and 5/19.

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.
Important Note: This is a one-way walk. Plan accordingly if you will need to return to your starting point.
Meet at Neperan Park, 43-61 Neperan Rd., Tarrytown 10591
Municipal parking at McKeel Avenue and Aqueduct (2 blocks north of Neperan Park). Limited street parking on Neperan Rd. Metro-North in Tarrytown – 15 minute walk
Walk will end at the Keeper’s House, 15 Walnut St., Dobbs Ferry 10522
Street parking on Broadway and on Livingston Avenue in Dobbs Ferry. Metro-North in Dobbs Ferry – 5 minute walk.

Required: Pre-registration. Will reschedule in the event of rain.

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