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Sat 23 Nov
Weir Tour
Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk).

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Sun 24 Nov
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, or call/text 646-303-1448 or Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.

Wed 04 Dec
Lenoir Nature Preserve to Keepers House Loop
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers, in the parking lot, and enjoy an easy, less than 6-mile loop walk along the Aqueduct Trail, exploring history and nature. Inclement weather cancels. Inquiries: Hal Kaplan, kapkotours@gmail.com.
Sun 08 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 14 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam to Ossining Weir (one way or loop) Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Snow or heavy rain date, Sunday, December 15, 11am.

Joint walk with Urban Trail Conference -- Easy-to-Moderate hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam, then south along the Aqueduct trail to the Weir in Ossining (95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute walk). At the Ossining Weir, you may end your hike or return to Croton Gorge Park. To start, meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. (Over 5 miles one way, 10 miles loop, 2.5 or 5 hours). Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 21 Dec
High Bridge Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. (Note: 168th St. stop on the #1 is closed, but 157th St. will do; there is also on-street parking.) We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC’s water system. Optional side trip up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir. You may wish to take a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) after the walk. Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the High Bridge and back is approximately 2 miles. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. BY RESERVATION ONLY: Contact Aram Aslanian-Persico, RSVP via email or text required: aram.dap@gmail.com or text 949-258-7016.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Weirs to Beers: Ossining & the Aqueduct
Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end in an urban park – but in between, expect Sing Sing village tales, close Hudson River views from a nature reserve, a stroll through the rocky gorge of Sing Sing Kill, a hidden museum and a neat microbrewery … all of it near or on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. If you’ve seen BlackkKlansman, you know this turf! Some hills, 4 miles, 3 hours (excluding brews). Wear hiking boots and bring water, snacks. This outing is for people who walk regularly. Meet inside Ossining’s Nelson Park, which borders Route 9, on the S. Highland (Route 9) side of the park. Park free along nearby residential streets. (From the Metro-North Hudson Line Ossining Train Station, it is a 1-mile, somewhat uphill walk to the park. PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS WALK. Tour leader is Lesley. Please TEXT ONLY to 914-671-7112.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or call or text 646-303-1448.