Why You Need to Visit the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Lined path of the Old Croton Aqueduct TrailOriginally constructed in 1837, the Old Croton Aqueduct in Dobbs Ferry, New York, is a National Historic Landmark that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The 41-mile aqueduct runs from Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx County to the Croton Dam and is covered by a scenic path known as the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Winding through urban centers and small communities, the trail passes numerous historic sites, preserves, and landmarks and offers abundant recreational opportunities during any time of year – and it’s just a 30-minute drive from the Stanton House Inn! Here are some of the things you’ll see along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

Brief History of the Old Croton Aqueduct

With a steady rise of diseases and fires during the 1830’s, builder John B. Jervis engineered a 13 million dollar aqueduct and dam to run water from the Croton River to the city. The Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City’s first water supply system and provided New Yorkers with clean, fresh water until 1965 when it could no longer meet the needs of such a large population. In 1968, the 26.2-mile State Park and trail were created, and the area is now a recreational and cultural resource for locals and visitors alike.

Activities & Attractions on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

While primarily used for walking and running, parts of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail are suitable for a variety of seasonal activities including horseback riding, biking (except after heavy rains), bird watching, leaf peeping, snowshoeing, and even cross country skiing. The trail also provides incredible views of the Hudson River and offers access to a variety of nearby landmarks and historic sites, including:

  • The Onissing Museum: Featuring a small exhibit that highlights the construction of the aqueduct, this museum is located in Onissing, NY, across from a double-arch bridge.
  • Weir Chambers: The weir chambers are located along the trail at various locations and were built so that overseers and caretakers could control the flow of water through the Aqueduct for maintenance. Keep your eyes peeled for the aqueduct’s ventilators, also located along the trail.
  • Keeper’s House: Built in 1857, this home was once the residence for the caretaker of the aqueduct and is now a designated historic landmark. The city plans to turn the house into a visitor center that will help educate the public about the early history of the aqueduct.

Book Your Stay at the Stanton House Inn!

An adventure on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is a wonderful experience for the entire family, and with so much to do and see, you can plan a trip to the aqueduct during any time of year! After your visit, take a short drive back to our Greenwich bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our stunning rooms or suites, then take a relaxing stroll through our beautiful gardens and grounds. We can’t wait to hear about your day in the city!

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