Know the New Hiking How-tos
Croton Gorge Park
Not TC maintained
From Route 9, take the Croton Avenue Exit. At the end of the ramp, turn away from the river. Head uphill towards a traffic light at a T junction with South
Riverside Avenue/Route 9A (not labeled) and turn left. Go 0.6 mile to turn right at Route 129 and continue 2.2 miles to the park entrance to the right.
Alternately, from the Taconic State Parkway take the Underhill Avenue Exit and head west toward Croton. Underhill Avenue ends at a T junction with Route 129. Turn right and go 3.4 miles to the park entrance to the left, which is downhill from the road over the New Croton Dam (closed to vehicles).
No public transportation.
The massive dam at the entrance to Croton Gorge Park never fails to impress, whether there is a delicate trickle barely covering the ledges or water roaring down the spillway. Sometimes visitors are treated to a rainbow.
An unmarked trail wanders along the Croton River. Several longer trails start at the park. The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway crosses the top of the dam. Two side trails on the River Trail connect to the Old Croton Aqueduct.
The impressive New Croton Dam towers about 200 feet above grassy fields and picnic areas. The dam, also called the Cornell Dam, because it was built on property purchased from A.B. Cornell in 1893. It was completed in 1907.