Old Croton Aqueduct Trail Hike with Rare Access Inside the Abandoned Weir

Sat Jun 29, 2024
10:45am to 3:30pm ET
Age: 10+
Price: 45
Location:
Croton Gorge Park

Join New York Adventure Club for a five-mile guided hike, tour, and exploration through the historic remnants of the Old Croton Aqueduct, New York City’s first water supply system built between 1837 and 1842.

Led by Old Croton Aqueduct expert Kyle Sallee, the easy trail hike from Croton-on-Hudson to Ossining will include:

  • A historical discussion around the Croton Dam , highlighting the complex engineering and difficult labor that was required to build it.
  • An exploration of the New Croton Dam — completed in 1907, the New Croton Dam replaced the Old Croton Dam at the beginning of the Croton Aqueduct; this dam is also believed to be the second-largest manmade limestone structure in the world, behind the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt!
  • Stops along the trail to point out the aqueduct ventilators, constructed to ventilate the aqueduct.
  • Rare access inside a weir, or maintenance chamber, that will give a good look at the original aqueduct from the inside.

This relatively flat hike should take 4-5 hours, so please bring comfortable shoes, water, and snacks.
Food, drinks, and restrooms can be found in the town of Ossining, the final destination on the hike.

 

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