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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Van Cortlandt Park

Weir Building, Van Cortlandt Park

The Old Croton Aqueduct follows a straight line through Van Cortlandt Park. A dirt and woodchip path sits atop it. Along the way, walkers will pass the Weir Building, which regulated the flow of water. Just south of the weir, a small section of aqueduct can be seen, its brick and stone wall curving down for about 8 feet below the path.

The original route of the aqueduct was cut by the construction of the Major Deegan Expressway. Alternate paths should be taken to reconnect with the aqueduct at Van Cortlandt Park South. Note: no bicycling is allowed in this part of the park. Please walk your bike or lock it at a park entrance.

Check out the John Muir Virtual Tour Stop number 8 for more information about Van Cortlandt Park and the Weir Building.

Follow:

  • Old Croton Trail. It runs south for 1.1 miles from the northern edge of Van Cortlandt Park, then ends at the Major Deegan Expressway. Take the paved path instead, which crosses under the Major Deegan
  • Switch to the unpaved path heading south, follow to Van Cortlandt Park South at the intersection of Mosholu Parkway
  • South one block to Jerome Park Reservoir

Nearest Train Station:

The 4 train will let you off at Mosholu Parkway a few blocks from the south entrance to Van Cortlandt Park. Walk northwest along Mosholu Parkway to Van Cortlandt Park South. Note: When starting from the south, follow directions given above in reverse. From Mosholu Parkway/Van Cortlandt South, follow the unpaved path to the Major Deegan, follow the paved path to the fork with the Old Croton Trail. You may also obtain a map of all of the park trails at the Van Cortlandt Mansion near Broadway and 242nd Street.

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