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Last Updated: June 23, 2012
Length: Westchester Riverwalk; 51.5 miles when complete
Tarrytown: Lyndhurst section; 0.8 miles/Lyndhurst Loop; 1.2 miles
Difficulty: Tarrytown: Lyndhurst section; Easy. Flat paved trail & paved road./Lyndhurst Loop; Moderate. Paved & gravel roads with a steep hill.
For Tarrytown; From I-287 take exit 9.
Eastbound; Brings you to Route 9. Turn left to reach the Lyndhurst entrance which will be on your right.
Westbound; Brings you to Route 119. Turn left to reach Route 9, then left on Route 9. The Lyndhurst entrance will be along your right.
For the Lyndhurst Loop or Loop & Riverwalk; Enter the grounds and take your first left up to the Main gravel parking lot. For the Riverwalk only; Continue through the grounds, past the Mansion and down past the Welcome Center past a small parking area (future continuation of the Riverwalk south from here) to a gravel parking lot overlooking the RR tracks and river.
The Westchester Riverwalk is a planned 51.5-mile multi-faceted pathway paralleling the Hudson River in Westchester County. When completed, it will link village centers, historic sites, parks and river access points via a connection of trails, esplanades and boardwalks from Peekskill south to Yonkers. The trail currently consists of fragmented sections connected on-road or via the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. I break down the completed sections by town from north to south. For more information visit; WESTCHESTER RIVERWALK .
Starting from Annsville Creek the Annsville Creek Walkway brings you to the Annsville Creek Preserve. An on-road connection along a low traffic road brings you to Peekskill Landing Park and Riverfront Green Park. I haven't checked out this section yet.
This section includes a lot of on-road routes, with just a few short Riverwalk sections. I haven't checked out this section yet.
CROTON ON HUDSON:
This section contains a paved path through Croton Landing Park, Senasqua Park and Halfmoon Bay Marina. You may also check out Croton Point Park before an on-road section brings you to the Route 9 Bike Path (separated by a barrier) followed by an on-road section along Route 9. You then can follow the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail to Ossining. I haven't checked out this section yet.
Ossining and Briarcliff mostly on-road and Old Croton Aqueduct Trail currently. I haven't checked out this section yet.
ROCKEFELLER STATE PARK:
This section utilizes the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, paths through the Rockefeller State Park and the Kendal-on-Hudson Esplanade. I haven't checked out this section yet.
This section starts out either on-road or along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail before heading into Kingsland Point County Park. I haven't checked out this section yet.
There is a gap (vacant lot) along the shoreline between Kingsland Point County Park in Sleepy Hollow and Scenic Hudson Riverwalk Park, which includes Pierson Park in Tarrytown. You can also continue to Losee Park, although I'm not sure if their are any paths. South of the Tappan Zee Bridge is Lyndhurst. The section running through Lyndhurst is the first section I've checked out. Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of Americaís finest Gothic Revival mansions. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. The grounds at Lyndhurst survive as an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design. Elements include sweeping lawns accented with shrubs and specimen trees and the nationís first steel-framed conservatory. The rose garden and fernery are later additions. The Lyndhurst grounds are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. For more information visit; LYNDHURST .
Starting from the Main parking lot along the Lyndhurst Loop; Head back out to the paved entrance road and turn left. Check out the grand trees as you bear left past an intersecting road and pass by the Mansion at 0.3 miles. Be sure to walk around back where you'll find sweeping views of the Hudson River. Continue down the road past the Carriage House & Welcome Center. Just past the parking area along the road at a 1/2 mile look to your left. You'll spot a post marked for the Westchester Riverwalk, however, this section is undeveloped at this time. Continue down the road and you'll come to a gravel parking lot overlooking the RR tracks & river at 0.6 miles. This is the official Winchester Riverwalk parking lot. The road now travels north through the grounds with the Metro-North's Hudson Line and Hudson River down to your left. Informational signs scattered along the road and trail. Pass by the shingled Bowling Alley before the road turns right up a long steep hill at 0.8 miles.
Note; The paved Winchester Riverwalk trail continues straight into the woods past the black gate from here. See description below.
Continuing up the steep road along the Lyndhurst Loop and you'll come to an intersection. Head left along the gravel road past the Rose Garden and turn into the drive to check out the Greenhouse. Exit the drive and continue left. You'll come to a dirt trail that crosses the road. This is part of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail . Turn right and follow this trail across the grounds back to the entrance road. Turn left, then right up the gravel road and back to the Main parking lot for an 1.2 mile loop.
Starting from the Winchester Riverwalk parking lot; The shared-road travels north through the grounds with the Metro-North's Hudson Line and Hudson River down to your left. Informational signs scattered along the road and trail. Pass by the shingled Bowling Alley before the road turns right up a long steep hill at 0.2 miles. Continue straight past the black gate into the woods along the paved trail. The trail winds along the hillside and over a small stream gorge via a pedestrian bridge at a 1/2 mile. The trail then opens up as it heads down alongside the RR tracks and up to an overlook where it ends after 0.8 miles next to Van Wart Ave. Great vistas of the Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge and even NY City if you look south.
This section utilizes the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail before heading on-road to the shoreline where you can check out Matthiessen Park and Scenic Hudson Park. I haven't checked out this section yet.
A short section travels through Waterfront Park before utilizing the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. I haven't checked out this section yet.
HASTINGS ON HUDSON:
The trail utilizes the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. There is a gap (empty waterfront lot) before you follow Rowley's Bridge Trail, then back along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. I haven't checked out this section yet.
In Yonkers you exit the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail to the Yonkers North Hudson Promenade which runs alongside Warburton Ave. On-road to Habirshaw Park, Yonkers Esplanade Park and Sculpture Park. I haven't checked out this section yet.
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