Join the New York City Chapter for a late summer walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct in Westchester County on Saturday, August 21. Built between 1837 and 1842, the aqueduct carried water from the Croton River to Manhattan and was in use until 1955. Now this linear park originates at the Croton Dam and runs 26 miles to the Bronx. We’ll undertake a section of the route, starting at the origin. Some options to end Saturday’s walk and return to NYC via Metro-North are Ossining (5 miles), Scarborough (7 miles), or Tarrytown (11 miles) – it’s your choice. The path is generally shaded, level and smooth, but unpaved. There are many street crossings in the towns we walk through.
RSVP by Thursday, August 19th to NewYorkCity@americanpilgrims.org. Space is limited to 15 peregrinos. Rain date will be August 28th.
Meeting time and place for those taking Metro-North from Grand Central or points south: the 8:45 express train from Grand Central arrives at Croton-Harmon at 9:39. We’ll meet just outside the station near the taxis right after the train’s arrival. If you wish to share a taxi from the station to the start of the route, please let us know when you RSVP.
Drivers meet at 10:15 at the start of the route in Croton Gorge Park (https://parks.westchestergov.com/croton-gorge-park; see fee to park). Our plan is to start walking at 10:30.
What to bring: Day hike essentials: water, your lunch and snacks, insect repellent, sun hat/sunblock, rain gear, comfortable walking shoes and layers for being out most of the day.
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct offers recognition to those who complete 26 or 41 miles of the aqueduct on foot. If there is interest, we can plan more walks to complete the route; let us know in your RSVP.
Learn more about the Old Croton Aqueduct – preservation, education, and events: https://aqueduct.org,
an interactive map: https://aqueduct.org/interactive-map
and information about the park: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/96/details.aspx
Metro-North schedules: https://new.mta.info/schedules