Distance: 12 miles (customizable). Elevation gain: minimal. Views of the Hudson River along a historic trail. Opportunity to see historic mansion homes. Easy access by public transportation.

This trail traces the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to New York City between 1842 and 1955. Our recommended route starts near the Greystone Station in Yonkers (Metro-North Hudson Line) and ends by the Scarborough Station but can you can easily modify your route – the entire trail extends for 26 miles from the Van Cortlandt Park to the New Croton Dam in Westchester.

From Greystone Station, head up the hill to Warburton Avenue, then follow Odell Avenue to where it intersects with the trail. The route from there is a fairly simple straight-shot with a series of marble ventilator turrets used to circulate air into the aqueduct to help you to keep on track. Note that the trail is unpaved, so it can be muddy and uneven at times.

The trail will take you by panoramic views of the Hudson River and through the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The route also passes by a number of historic homes, including Villa Lewaro in Irvington, the home of Madame C. J. Walker, known as the first female African-American self-made millionaire, as well as the Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, a beautiful Gothic Revival mansion.

In Scarborough, cross over Route 9 towards the water, and follow Scarborough Station Road to the station.

Photo credit: ScubaBear68

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Skill Level Beginner
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Great Hike!

This is a great day hike. I parked in Yonkers and hiked to Hastings-on-Hudson. The elevation gain was not much and it was very peaceful. I recommend starting at Wicker Street and Warburton Avenue, plenty of parking and a great start to the trail!

A great day trip from Brooklyn

Thanks so much for this suggestion. I was worried about the weather when we got there but we lucked out for the most part. The great part is that knowing the train station is nearby and near the trail, it makes it very easy to access without a car, as well as knowing that if the weather was bad for a novice like me, I could also turn back. We got lost in the beginning but it was not big deal. When we got on the trail, we walked from Yonkers to Hastings-on-the-Hudson and stopped in Hastings to get some lunch at The Mill. Very Yummy and a really nice time. Also, people were so friendly, random strangers said hello. Coming from NYC this is a real gem to experience. This made it all the more enjoyable. I want to move to Hastings! :)


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