NYC Old Croton Aqueduct Highbridge to Croton Dam & Croton-Harmon

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Way Points: 

Edgecombe Ave @ 165th St, High Bridge Park (start)> High Bridge> University Ave> Goulden Ave> OCA Trail> Old Croton Dam> Croton-Harmon Metro North railroad station (end)

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Author: 
Ken Henry
Signature Route : 
off
Region Name(s): 
Westchester/CT
Level(s): 
B, C
Distance: 
36.5
Vertical Gain: 
1300
Difficulty: 
50
Difficulty Rating: 
2 out of 5
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Please note that this route follows an unpaved trail. 

Follow the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (OCA) back to its source. Take Metro North railroad back to the city. Or find your way back via the County Trailways (sorry, no directions to it printed here, yet.)

The OCA is a rough trail, unpaved except in places. If you don't like what you have found you can always look for the nearest Metro North Hudson Line station to return. And that is one of the beauties of this route. You can do it off-season or in questionable weather, knowing you have nearby rail access for a bailout along the route.

Ken has added viewpoints and resources along the route. Check the RWGPS map for these icons. Here are Ken's original notes: 

This is a packed dirt trail. 
32mm tires minimum.   
Recommend return trip via MTA North from Croton Harmon. 
Here are additional resources: 
 
Google My Maps with more detail:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-7h15Bah3Wn8xtQh6PJ_P9S6uE8&usp=sharing Youtube video 1, NYC HighBridge to TappanZee https://youtu.be/m0ihZ8IbmNs Youtube video 2, TappanZee to Croton Dam https://youtu.be/8ver_EUKto0 more info here: http://aqueduct.org/">https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-7h15Bah3Wn8xtQh6PJ_P9S6uE8&usp=sharing
 
Youtube video 1, NYC HighBridge to TappanZee:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-7h15Bah3Wn8xtQh6PJ_P9S6uE8&usp=sharing Youtube video 1, NYC HighBridge to TappanZee https://youtu.be/m0ihZ8IbmNs Youtube video 2, TappanZee to Croton Dam https://youtu.be/8ver_EUKto0 more info here: http://aqueduct.org/">https://youtu.be/m0ihZ8IbmNs
 
Youtube video 2, TappanZee to Croton Dam:
 
more info here:
 

A few more links: 

The OCA Trail Map:

https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/OldCrotonAqueductOldCrotonAqueductTrailMap.pdf

OCA State Park:

https://parks.ny.gov/parks/96/details.aspx

Croton Aqueduct Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croton_Aqueduct

 

HS 1/3/18

 

 

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