Know the New Hiking How-tos
Graham Hills Park
Hiking, Mountain biking
Not TC maintained
From the northbound Taconic State Parkway, take the Route 117 Exit and turn right. The park entrance is the first right turn.
From southbound Route 9A, take the Route 117 Exit and turn left at the top of the ramp. The park entrance is to the right, past the ramps onto the Taconic State Parkway
Public transportation: Metro-North Harlem Line to the Pleasantville Station. Walk south to Bedford Road, cross the road, and follow it to the next intersection where Bedford Road turns left. It is 0.9 mile from the station to the park entrance.
Wedged between the Taconic State and Saw Mill River parkways, Graham Hills Park is a popular mountain biking destination with narrow trails geared toward expert and advanced bikers.
Graham Hills Park is bounded by houses and two parkways, making it hard to accidentally stray off the property. A sign at the entrance warns users that the trails are not for “sissypants.” and warns against modifying the trails to suit riding ability. Since the trails were designed and built by mountain closest to the entrance and that they lead downhill making the return trip harder. It is recommended that hikers use the park during weekdays, avoiding weekends and evenings, especially during summer, when bicycle traffic is the heaviest.
The area is named for Dr. Isaac Gilbert Graham, a surgeon’s mate in the Revolutionary War who settled in the area in 1785. At one time the hamlet of Graham Hills was a station on the Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad. The county acquired the property in 1963 and opened it in 1973.