Croton Dam is the highlight of the 97 acre Croton Gorge Park. The park has many hiking paths as well as a bridge over the impressive dam. There is a playground and picnic tables near the dam, and the park. The Croton River, which begins here, is very popular for fishing. Swimming is not allowed in the river. There are open fields that are great for flying kites or playing games. The Croton Dam was originally built in 1842 to supply New York City with water. When it was unable to supply enough water, the New Croton Dam, standing at 200 feet was built instead. The beauty of the Croton Dam still remains to be enjoyed by visitors.
Our first visit was just to the park below where we enjoyed the sight of the water rushing down with the bridge above it. We did not get to visit the bridge above.
We recently went back to the park and this time we only visited the bridge above (you can park near the bridge). I didn’t realize that I missed a big chunk of the beauty during my first visit. The bridge is a popular place to walk and bike. From the bridge there are both views of the river above, of the dam and of the park below. It is definitely worth going both on the bridge and to the park below.
Posted: April 5, 2018
Updated: May 2, 2020
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
35 Yorktown Rd
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520
Open 24 Hours
Parking fees: $5 with Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass — Fri., Sat., & Sun., May through September only
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 55 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Monsey: 45 minutes