Irvington, N.Y. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Home.

The Walk (easy)

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Bike rentals are available for the Old Croton Aqueduct at Endless Trail Bike Worx on 56 Main St., in Dobbs Ferry. Call 914-674-8567.

Parking: You can park in the train parking lots or in the lot next to One Bridge St. on the river on weekends and evenings. Otherwise, you must have a permit or pay the meter. Click here for a map of the Irvington Metro North station.

Shopping: There are food and shopping options up and down Main St.

The Highlights: A pleasant, historic village; a shaded walk along an old aqueduct; a visit to Washington Irving's river side home; the grounds of a 19th century mansion with beautiful views and grounds.

Viewpoints: A public park beyond the complex of buildings on the river offers stunning views. Along the walk, the best views are at Sunnyside and Lyndhurst Castle.

Maps: There are no special maps of this area, other than the aqueduct map available at

Precautions: The trail is generally packed dirt. A short distance follows paved residential roads with generally light traffic. 

To Begin

Walk East up Main St.

Waypoint 1

After passing by the Town Hall and a school on your left, make a left into a parking lot. You'll see a dirt path leading off into the woods in about 50 yards. Go left.

Waypoint 2

Make a left on a paved road (W. Sunnyside Ln.) The aqueduct continues north into the woods. You can continue straight if you have no interest in visiting Sunnyside, or if it is closed.

The Old County Aqueduct in Irvington

The Old County Aqueduct in Irvington. Click to Enlarge.

Waypoint 3

Make a right on a paved road to enter the grounds of Sunnyside. Proceed through the parking lot the front gate, where you will have to pay admission. If you enter the grounds, you can exit back to Waypoint 3 the way you came and then back up to Waypoint 2. Go left.

Waypoint 4

You will see the castle to your left. You can go left here to visit the grounds or stop for a bit before retracing your steps to Irvington or Sunnyside. If you plan to do the entire walk, continue past Waypoint 1 (crossing Main St.) and proceed south.

Waypoint 5

Just past a colonial house on your right, go right on a paved road (W. Clinton Ave.). You will be heading downhill. You will shortly pass a unique, eight-sided house on your left. The grounds are private.

If you wish to continue the walk to Dobbs Ferry or Hastings-on-Hudson, continue straight on the aqueduct.

Waypoint 1, Villa Lewaro

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Waypoint 5A

If you proceeded south from Waypoint 5 to Dobbs Ferry, you can proceed on the Rivertowns aqueduct from here to either the Dobbs Ferry train station or to the Hastings-on-Hudson train station (following directions for Escape 2, A Walk Along the Aqueduct, Hastings-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.).

Waypoint 6

Make a right on to S. Buckhout St.

Waypoint 7

Make a left on to S. Astor St. The road curves to the right. Proceed a little further to the train station for the return trip to the city.

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