Tarrytown Lakes Extension Trail
“A short drive from the center of Tarrytown along Neperan Road and you will suddenly find yourself at the beautiful Tarrytown Lakes and the small forests surrounding them. The Tarrytown Lakes would freeze solid during the winter months, and we spent hours there after school ice-skating. During the autumn months, the trees would change color and the foliage was a sight to behold.”Paula M De Angelis
Once used as a reservoir, the two lakes above Tarrytown’s business district now serve as a quiet place to fish, jog, or take the family for a short bike ride. Wrapping around both sides of the lake, the Tarrytown Extension Trail is, at just over two miles, enough to satisfy the urge to get out and get exercising, with the option to continue on to the longer trailways.
The path may be accessed from the parking area and “skate shack” — a red shed — on Neperan Road at the west end of the lakes. From here, you have two options:
- Paved, one-mile shared use path. Connects to North and South County Trailways: This starts across the road from the shack; it’s a paved, flat one-mile path, enjoyable by foot or on two wheels. For kids, it’s a great place to learn to ride, to watch local fishermen bait the hook or pull in a fish, spot turtles, bald eagles, and deer. For older kids and adults, this route is a pleasant, lakeside roll toward the old, disused pump house at the long-gone town of Eastview, from where you can access the much longer North County Trailway and South Country Trailway: Turn right at the end of the path and follow briefly along the sidewalk and cross Neperan. A short, steep hill will take you to the junction of the North and South County Trailways, and your trip can continue.
- Crushed cinder rail trail: The other option from the the skate shack and parking area is to take the wide pathway into the woods to the left side of the lake. While not paved, the path is well-packed cinder, easy enough to bike on. It goes for a little over a mile, crossing an old bridge, where the meadow to the right is a quiet haven for birds of all kinds. At the end of the trail, follow the orange-blazed Andre Brook Trail to the left. The trail is a wooded route to the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail and the village of Sleepy Hollow.
- Parking is available at the west end of the lakes, and at the Park and Ride on Neperan Road, at the top of the lakes, near the old stone pump house.
- The unpaved pathway around the north side of the lakes provides access to the orange-blazed Andre Brook Trail, which winds briefly though a development before dipping into woods and re-emerging behind the Sleepy Hollow High School and connecting with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.
- Want to try kayaking? For $20.00/hour on the weekend, you can rent a boat at the pump house end of the lakes:
- No experience is necessary for recreational rentals.
- Reservations for recreational kayaks on the Tarrytown Lakes are recommended but NOT required.
- Rentals include Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and paddles. Single and tandem kayaks are available (tandem rental is $40.00/hour)