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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (Photo: @maggiemurrayyy)

Westchester County

Why we love it

Beneath your fleet feet lies one of America’s great 19th-century engineering achievements — the 41-mile masonry channel, completed in 1842, capable of delivering 100 million gallons of water daily from a reservoir in Croton to a New York City desperate for a healthy supply. Today, 26 miles of the aqueduct’s route are available for running, walking and cycling. (The longest continuous section runs about 12 miles from Sleepy Hollow to Yonkers.) Along its hard-packed dirt surface, you’ll pass through charming riverfront communities, the grounds of historic estates and nature preserves.

More to explore

Stop for a visit at nearby historic homes such as Lyndhurst and Sunnyside, or take a break at a restaurant in one of the downtowns through which the trail passes.


  • Flat, hard-packed dirt surface
  • Trail passes through 19th-century estates, superb scenery, charming riverfront com
  • Above-ground features of historic aqueduct (weir chambers and ventilators)

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