Parks & Recreation
THE CITY OF PEEKSKILL boasts of a number of popular parks including Depew Park (located inside Blue Mountain Reservation with an entrance on Welcher Avenue). Hiking, horseback riding, ball playing, boating, playing tennis, and other activities are just some of the highlights here (visit www.cityofpeekskill.com for details and other information).
Blue Mountain Reservation, a county park with more than 1,500-acres, also offers residents a wide range of recreational activities including cross country skiing, mountain biking, bird watching, sledding and hiking to the top of both Blue and Spitzenberg mountains (www.westchestergov.com).
Briarcliff to Peekskill Trailway State Park is part of the county’s trail system and is strictly for walkers—no bikers allowed. The 12-mile path ends (or starts, depending on your orientation) in Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, and offers beautiful vistas and panoramic views along the way (www.westchestergov.com).
THE TOWN OF CORTLANDT contains approximately one dozen town parks. Some of the most popular include:
Charles J. Cook Recreational Center contains lakes for fishing, picnic grounds, playgrounds, tennis, and a swimming pool, among other facilities and activities.
Muriel H. Morabito Community Center offers a marina, trails, playground and swimming pool.
Sprout Brook Park in Cortlandt Manor has a beach, trails, playground and picnic areas.
(Visit www.townofcortlandt.com for a complete list of parks and other information.)
Cortlandt also contains several county parks that include 97-acre Croton Gorge in Cortlandt Manor (highlighted by the awe-inspiring Croton Dam and access to the Old Croton Aqueduct which meanders all the way down to New York City); Croton Point Park in Croton (with camping accommodations); and George’s Island Park in Montrose, a 185-acre oasis (www.westchestergov.com).
NEW YORK STATE PARKS:
BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE RESERVATION—The 5,000-acre Bear Mountain State Park is in close proximity to Peekskill and is highlighted by its famous Toll House—the start of the Camp Smith Trail (as listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Immediately north of Peekskill, and bordered by the Hudson River to its east and Harriman State Park to its west, some River House residents consider the nearby parkland their own personal backyard for all kinds of recreational activities.
Bear Mountain also offers outstanding vistas at various lookout points, scenic drives like Perkins Memorial, ample hiking and walking trails, and a number of options for mountain climbing, perhaps to Anthony’s Nose.
With a wide range of seasonal activities on its roster of things to do, Bear Mountain also contains an outdoor skating rink with free admission. (Skates may be rented or bring your own.) And, a drive across the scenic Bear Mountain Bridge is a most awe inspiring experience (www.nysparks.state.ny.us).
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT STATE PARK is located in nearby Yorktown Heights and offers park patrons a variety of activities including boating, hiking, picnicking, swimming, biking, camping, cross country skiing, ice skating and more. It is also home to a popular “local park” called Downing Park, which has a direct entrance from Route 202 (www.westchestergov.com).
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