I grew up in New York and never knew this sight was in my backyard. Beautiful dam near a lovely park. Nice walking paths. Bring the dogs!
Who would have thought that a dam providing a reservoir for New York City could be a super tourist attraction. Located at a park, this is billed as the third largest, hand made, structure in the WORLD behind the Pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China! You have to see this to believe it! As we drove the winding access road down into the valley in front of the dam our eyes bugged out and jaws dropped in near disbelief. Built between 1892 and the turn of the century, it holds tens of billions of gallons of water behind a gigantic structure. Stone masons from Italy were imported to build the massive structure. There is a closed access road at the top where visitors can walk cross the dam and see the immense lake it forms.
Magical place, in any season! I always take out of town guests to see it, and everyone is always so amazed by the size and beauty.
My husband & I visited recently. It was truly beautiful. Our only problem was that we couldn't find the trail at first - no markers, but we saw someone come out behind some trees and problem solved. Park by the playground and head to the picnic tables on your left. Look for trail in the woods in front of you.
The dam is enormous and very impressive as it was built long ago. My GPS guided us to the south end of the dam, but one can figure out how to drive around to the north where the view is also great. The park and stream are beautiful and easy to access.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Great Wall of China, Croton Dam. These are the great hand hewn structures of the world. But the last is a bullet train from NYC, just outside of the Village of Croton. There is a public park at the base and a bridge over the top that offers hikers a glorious view of the reservoir on one side and the falls into the Croton River on the other. Catch it anytime but I like the fall when the trees are red and orange.
This is an amazing destination right in the Croton neighborhood. It's like Shangra La...ride up a woody path and voila -- the most amazing sight you will ever see. It should be the 8th world wonder! The adjoining picnic area and playground are added bonuses, but go just for the majestic sight of the rushing dam.
I used to come here all the time with my parents when I was little! Perfect place to go with the family or a spouse on a nice day
Get outside and explore this amazing dam. You can walk the gravel trail that leads up to the dam and get an up close view looking down into the splash. The road on top is closed allowing you to take in all the scenery of the dam and huge Croton Reservoir. This is a great walk in all seasons but I think winter is my favorite time to go and explore. With snow and ice to frame the view, it's a photographer's paradise. We often walk the trail with our dog, as do other locals. There are some bike riders, but it's mostly a walking trail so it's safer and more relaxing than trying to walk in a busy bike lane. If it's been cold and snowy, the trail can be icy, so you should wear spikes on your boots. There is a parking fee when the park is open in the warmer weather, go early or late in the day for free.
My husband and I enjoyed this place very much. It's a amazing sight. If you go further up the road from the gorge entrance, park your car and walk to the bridge, the sight is breath taking. We went during sunset, it was very beautiful. Be careful however leaving, people tend to not drive safely down then hill and like to go as fast as possible on blind corners.