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Croton Falls – Croton Gorge Park, Biggest Waterfall Near NYC Croton Falls – Croton Gorge Park, Biggest Waterfall Near NYC
These stunning falls are located just 30 miles north of New York City in Croton Gorge Park. The Falls are created by a dam... Croton Falls – Croton Gorge Park, Biggest Waterfall Near NYC

These stunning falls are located just 30 miles north of New York City in Croton Gorge Park. The Falls are created by a dam between West and Middle Branches of the Croton River.

This park is great for picnicking, fishing and hiking, with trail access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct, which begins here. We love this park because it’s gorgeous, but it’s dog friendly as long as they are on a leash. There is also a nice playground, grills and picnic tables with plenty of space to fly a kite. In winter, the park is great for cross-country skiing and sledding.

A cool fact: This water actually enters NYC’s water supply! The water leaves from the Croton Falls basins through the West Branch of the Croton River – then the East Branch – next the Muscoot Reservoir – then to the New Croton Reservoir. From there the water reaches the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx, where it enters New York City’s distribution system.

Tips:

  • Fishing is allowed with permit.
  • Great picnic area with grill.
  • Dogs allowed on leash.
  • Popular cross-country skiing area in winter.
  • Great hiking.
  • Amazing falls, bring camera.
  • Bring bug spray, sunscreen etc.
  • Could get muddy if you venture down to the water, which is hard to resist so perhaps a change of shoes or clothes.
  • Nice playground area.
  • No food or drinks for sale.
  • Only portapotties when I visited.
  • Park hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round.
  • Parking fees: $5 with Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass — Fri., Sat., & Sun., May through September only; County park pass is not required for admission.
  • Directions: Route 129, Cortlandt, NY  •  (35 Yorktown Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10520 using online maps)
  • Phone: (914) 827-9568

 

esteepouleris mommy blogger

Estée Pouleris is a mommy blogger based in NYC. She writes reviews about adventures with her 6 year old daughter. Her posts include photos, tips and ideas of fun places to visit with kids.

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