Recreation

Parks & Trails

The South County Trailway runs for 14 miles, mostly along the river, providing a destination for biking, walking, rollerblading. It is located on the right-of-way of the former Putnam Division Railroad, part of the NY Central Railroad. The “Old Put” ran 36.2 miles through Westchester, providing freight and passenger service from 1881 to 1958 between the Bronx and Brewster. Freight continued in the southern portion until 1982. In the works are plans to connect it to the North County Trailway, which would extend it up to Putnam County, and to expand the trail southward to the Bronx border.

Tarrytown Lakes/Butternut Ridge Park is 122 acres of predmoniantly native woodland. Many people enjoy hiking, walking and nature study here. A 1-mile pathway can be accessed from County House Road in Eastview (also called Saw Mill River Road). A paved pathway running approximately 1.2 miles long along southern boundary of Tarrytown Lakes provides access to North County Trail connecting Eastview with Sunnyside Lane.

Woodlands Lake in Macy Park, owned by Westchester County, has been a major recreational attraction for over a century. One hundred years ago it was a popular resort where visitors came from NYC via the Old Put for boating, swimming, ice skating and an annual winter carnival. Today, a bike trail goes through the park and past the lake, which draws picnickers, families, and fishing enthusiasts.

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