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Croton Dam

Croton Dam Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, New York USA

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Opens Sun 8a
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  • Pet Friendly
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“the best dam waterfall in the country”

The New Croton Dam, part of the New York City water supply system, stretches across the Croton River near Croton-on-Hudson, New York, about 22 miles (35 km) north of New York City. Construction began in 1892 and was completed in 1906. Designed by Alphonse Fteley (1837–1903), this masonry dam is 266 feet (81 m) broad at its base and 297 feet (91 m) high from base to crest. Its foundation extends 130 feet (40 m) below the bed of the river, and the dam contains 850,000 cubic yards (650,000 m3) of masonry. The engineers' tablet mounted on the headhouse nearest the spillway lists the spillway length as 1,000 feet (300 m) and the total length of the dam and spillway combined as 2,188 feet (667 m). At the time of its completion, it was the tallest dam in the world. New Croton Dam impounds up to 19 billion US gallons (72,000,000 m3) of water, a small fraction of the New York City water system's total storage capacity of 580 billion US gallons (2.2×109 m3). The dam, in Westchester County, has an unusual spillway, part artificial and part natural, which forms a waterfall on the north side of the structure. New Croton Dam has a public park and trail head at its base and a road along its crest. Road use is limited to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Croton Gorge Park offers views of the dam from directly downstream. The Old Croton Trail, a popular hiking and biking path that roughly follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, has an endpoint near the base of the dam. Teatown Lake Reservation, a nature preserve, lies nearby as does Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.

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September 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place will stay untouched in our minds. New Croton Dam was what we needed in order to empty our heads from the troubles of daily life.

It was not overcrowded so we enjoyed the privacy while seating at the picnic benches. The trails lead you all around the park and the snapshots you take with your mind will just make you ecstatic.

We took some beautiful photographs next to the glorious handmade stone structure and we took some close-ups while the water was dropping down.

Just fantastic!

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August 07, 2022
Rated 5.0

I am surprised not many people know this place! I have updated the images to represent how beautiful this place is.

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November 29, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great place to bring the dogs. Miles of trails wind around a beautiful park. Restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and a playground will keep you occupied all day. There is an entrance fee during the summer but off season it’s free.

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September 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

Not a very crowded place, good place to view the waterfall

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Croton Dam

Croton Dam Rd
Croton-on-Hudson, New York


Closed Now
  • Thu, Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Wed: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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