Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

“Gentle and spectacularly beautiful in spots. Tucked in among farms, suburbs and forest it is a nature lovers paradise. The very northern part does have some big hills but mostly semi-flat, so even little kids and roller bladers can do it with ease.”

M. Hess

North County Trailway review

coming soon: Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

How to Get There

Easy! You can start at Tarrytown and head north on the trail, or at Brewster and head south.   6.5-mile ride from Tarrytown to Briarcliff Manor’s old shopping district.

  • Start at Tarrytown Lakes parking area on Neperan Road;
  • Follow the Tarrytown Lakes Extension path north: cross the street from the parking area to pick up the bike path and travel one mile along the lake’s edge.
  • Cross Neperan Road again at the old abandoned stone pump house at the north end of the lakes to pick up the North County Trailway.
  • Turn left at the end of a tiny spur of the Trailway (basically an on-ramp to the path), passing old, unused railroad tracks on the left.
  • Follow this pathway for about 6 miles until you reach the large, yellow-and-brown tudor structure of the Briarcliff Library on your left. A little off-ramp leads you into the library’s parking lot.
  • Ride through the Law Memorial park, a large greenspace with a pathway that will put you up on Pleasantville Road (follow the path around the pond, behind the tennis courts and through the children’s playground where a gate will let you out onto the street). The shops are to the right.

Tips

You can make a loop of this adventure by combining the North County Trailway with the Old Croton Aqueduct trail, if you don’t mind an easy on-road route to meet said OCA. Note that the OCA is NOT paved, but the section you’ll ride back to Tarrytown is pretty well-compacted and scenic.

  • Once in Briarcliff, continue north on Pleasantville Road (the main street) for a half mile, reaching Poplar Road.
  • Turn left onto Poplar and ride for .2 miles, reaching Dalmeny Road.
  • Turn left onto Dalmeny Road, and ride for .6 miles.
  • The road becomes Scarborough Road, and it’s a pleasant downhill roll to the Old Croton Aqueduct from here.

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