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Sun 31 Jul
Van Cortlandt Park trail walk, including the OCA
Sunday, July 31, 2022 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, open-air loop walk. Meet us where we begin (and end) the walk: at the outdoor access bathrooms at the historic 1902 Van Cortlandt Park public golf clubhouse by Van Cortlandt Lake. Moderate walk, approximately 6 miles (4-mile only bail-out option available), can be muddy; portions on the John Muir Trail will be hilly. Please bring food & water. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. You can get there in either of two ways: Take the local No. 1, IRT, to the last stop in the Bronx, 242nd St. and walk directly east from Broadway to the park and continue to the golf clubhouse OR park at the first parking lot (free) of the Van Cortlandt Park golf course and walk north to the clubhouse. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 30 Jul
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park

Free (but $10 parking fee), easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34" N 73°51′21" W. 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 Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events

Sun 24 Jul
High Bridge Tour
Sunday, July 24, 2022 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, open-air, 2-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions/instructions for Mansion tours, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org. 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. At the end of the tour, you may wish to take an optional discounted tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest house (1765). Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 23 Jul
Weir Tour
Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 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). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 09 Jul
Weir Tour
Saturday, July 9, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 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). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events