This will be a very easy hike that will bring us to an easy "trail" that follows part of the route of the historic Old Croton Aqueduct that originally went from Ossining to the New Croton Dam in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, (Westchester County) on Sunday, January 19, 2013. The hike is a 5.1 mile round-trip loop hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash. The New Croton Dam is a hidden gem that you simply must see and experience!
For those coming, I suggest wearing clothes you will be comfortable in (if it is cold, you may want to wear layers that can be taken off and put back on). Also, it's recommended to bring a backpack, 2 liters of water, chapstick, hat, gloves, sunscreen (especially if you burn easily), bug/tick spray, and a small trail sandwich/snack that will be eaten at the park.
We'll meet at 11:00 AM at the parking lot for Gerlach Park. Driving directions are below. I estimate the hike will take three hours.
My cell phone number is[masked]-4403.
If anyone wants to carpool, I'll be coming from Rutherford, NJ (I live right across the street from the Rutherford Train Station) and would be willing to drive a little out of the way to carpool.
The entrance to Gerlach Park, marked by a green sign, is on Old Albany Post Road/Quaker Bridge Road, about a mile west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave.
Drivers heading northward can take Rte. 9A to the Shady Farm Rd. exit, make a left from the exit ramp and then an immediate right onto Old Albany Post Rd.
Alternate Driving Directions:
From Rte. 9 in northern Ossining turn east across from Mystic Point sign onto Old Albany Post Rd., following road sign for Quaker Bridge Rd. as well. Continue on road one mile to green Gerlach Park sign on right. From entrance, turn left and continue to parking area.
Driving Directions From the South:
North on the Taconic State Parkway to Route 134 exit. At end of ramp, make a left and travel to Route 9A traffic light. Make a right hand onto Route 9A north. Take 3rd exit on right, Shady Farm Road. End of ramp take a quick left. At stop sign make a right turn onto Old Albany Post Rd/Quaker Bridge Road. Thru multiple "S" turns, and Gerlach Park is on the right. OR, Take Rte 9A North to the third exit after Rte. 134 (Shady Farm Road), and proceed as above.
Driving Directions From the North:
South on the Taconic State Parkway to the Route 134 exit. At end of the ramp make a right, and follow above directions. OR, South on Rte 9. Bear right at the 9A split to stay on route 9. Left at the light onto Old Albany Post Road. Follow Old Albany Post Road / Quaker Bridge road as above for about 1/2 mile to Gerlach Park on the right.
Public Transportation Directions:
From Grand Central Station, take the Metro North Train and get off at the Croton Harmon Station. From there, it is a 1.5 mile (30 minute) walk to the parking lot. Or, if you arrange with me in advance, I can pick you up from the Croton Harmon train station.
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