The walk will begin at the 5 Corners in Hastings-on-Hudson and continue north on the tree-lined Old Croton Aqueduct trail, until we reach the Keepers House in Dobbs Ferry, the only remaining structure of its kind on the Aqueduct trail. Keepers once were located along the Aqueduct and were responsible for maintaining their portion of Old Croton Aqueduct, once NY City's only source of fresh Westchester water. The history of the Aqueduct and its remaining structures will be discussed along the way. After the walk, you may return to the start or proceed with the leader to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's Mead House (2 blocks south on the trail) which will be hosting a free reception beginning at 2 pm (event listed separately). The beginning of the walk is only .5 miles from the Hastings MetroNorth train station.
Event Duration (Hours): 3.5
Trip Duration (Hours): 3 hours round trip: more, if you continue on to Mead House
Trip Length (Miles): 4 miles round trip
Difficulty Level: Easy
Trip Characteristics: The walk is on village streets and on the Aqueduct trail, which is hard-packed dirt with some loose gravel, level most of the way.
Additional Equipment required: Walkers should bring water and snacks.
Portion Wheelchair Accessible: The walk will be on Village Streets and the Aqueduct trail, which is level, hard-packed dirt with some loose gravel, is narrow, but possible for a wheelchair.
Additional Activities: The walk will include interesting facts about the Aqueduct, a chance to take a peek inside the Keepers House, and the opportunity to continue on to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's Mead House (2 blocks south on the Aqueduct), which will be hosting a free reception.