The Riverwalk

“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

Wildflowers, cafes, villages.  Deer, birds, foxes, chipmunks.  Places to stop and picnic, lock up your bike and hike.  22.1 miles of bike path leave from Tarrytown on the North County Trailway, and wind through villages, the reservoir system, fields and nature preserves.

green_tunnel_north_county_trailwayExplore the North County Trailway is easy, even if you’re car-less.  Just get a bike permit from Metro-North (good for a lifetime and avaialbe at Window 27 at Grand Central, or any of the staffed train stations for just $5.00), take the Hudson line north, get off at Tarrytown  in under 45 minutes and start your ride!

Or, take the Harlem line north to Brewster, where you’ll start the (mostly downhill) north-south route.  At Tarrytown, roll downhill into town for a brew and supper, or an ice cream and a coffee, and head home again.  Perfect.

The longest bike path from Tarrytown, the North County Trailway can join with other contiguous trails to make for a whole day’s adventure.  Accomodation along the route means you could extend your stay even further by staying overnight.  Or, if you’re a real fan of the multi-day adventure, try this: ride the bike path to Brewster, board the train up to the end of the line in Wassaic, then ride the Harlem Valley Rail 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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