Run the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail



26.5 miles

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Added by The Outbound Collective

Get glimpses of the Hudson River along this extensive trail and seize the opportunity to view historic mansion homes.

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, NY (Metro-North Hudson Line) and ends by the Scarborough Station, but you can easily modify your route – the entire trail extends for roughly 26 miles from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to the New Croton Dam in Westchester County.

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-lined path with a series of 10 to 14 foot ventilators, formerly used to circulate fresh air into the water in the aqueduct. Note that most parts of the trail are unpaved, so it can be muddy and uneven at times. Also note that certain points along the trail get quite narrow. 

Parts of the OCA trail will take you by panoramic views of the Hudson River and through the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which has a number of alternative routes if you want to extend your run/walk or stray from the straight-line path. Parts of the route also pass by a number of historic homes, including Villa Lewaro in Irvington, the home of Madame C. J. Walker (the first female African-American self-made millionaire) as well as the Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, a beautiful Gothic Revival mansion.

In Scarborough, follow Scarborough Station Road to the train station for even more delightful views of the Hudson River. This extensive trail is great for long runs, whether solo or with a friend. You might find yourself stopping, however, more than once to get some shots of the surrounding scenery. 

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3 months ago

Perfect Running Spot

I like accessing the OCA Trail from the Ossining, NY side. Parking is not typically crowded. Since the trail is quite extensive, but a straight-line path, I've found it to be a great place for both short and long runs. In the Fall, the leaves changing colors make it a beautiful spot.

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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