On a whim after breakfast BS & I decided to take a trip North. Upstate. We scoured the MTA website for a quick day trip and found The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. It only took around 1 hour from our apartment in Williamsburg.
The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 and provided NYC with clean water. Today this aqueduct trail weaves between wealthy persons backyards and nature. Totally loved it! The trail is 26 miles long and we traveled 5. Starting in Dobbs Ferry we passed by the Octagon House, ate lunch at a little deli on Main St. Irvington (only 2 blocks west of the trail-left before the school) and freely romped around the grounds of Lyndhurst Mansion ending our journey in Tarrytown. (more via nisn)
Train Metro North, Hudson Line to Dobbs Ferry.
Directions to trail Walk up a steep hill that curves left down the main street. Walk all the way to the end (to the T in the road) and the trail picks up there. About 1/2 mile from train.
Suggestion Tarrytown was not the best place to end. It was a long walk to the train down a busy road, not as quaint an experience as Dobbs Ferry. Try Philispe Manor. Because the Aqueduct Trail is 26 miles long you may design your hike to fit between any train stations from Yonkers Station to Ossington Station.
Map Take this hand drawn map with you. It will help you find all the important landmarks. PDF here.
Update: Steve Oakes, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail’s Park Manager recommends purchasing for $5 a trail map available on http://www.Aqueduct.org. Thanks for the tip!