The Top Outdoor Activities in Westchester

We compile the County’s best places to hike, bike, and swim outside.



Boat Launches/Rentals

Atlantic Kayak Tours
Cortlandt Manor, 914-739-2588
atlantickayaktours.com
Full-service canoe and kayak center on Hudson River. Rentals. 

Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-5290
westchestergov.com/parks
Canoe and kayak launch.

Croton Sailing School
Croton, 800-859-7245
crotonsailing.com
Private Hudson River charters.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Yorktown Heights, 914-245-4434
nysparks.com
Rowboat rentals on lake and pond.

George’s Island Park
Montrose, 914-737-7530
westchestergov.com/parks
Boat launching ramps.

Peekskill Riverfront Green Park
Peekskill, 914-734-7275
cityofpeekskill.com
Municipal launch.

Playland Park
Rye, 914-813-7010
ryeplayland.org
Kayak ramps. Pedal boats. Lake cruise.

Wampus Pond
Armonk, 914-273-3230
westchestergov.com/parks
Rowboats available.

Yonkers Municipal Boat Ramp
Yonkers, 914-377-6450
cityofyonkers.com
Municipal launch.

Trails

Briarcliff - Peekskill Trailway
Briarcliff, 914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
Unpaved trailway in 12-mile linear park. No bicycles.

Bronx River Pathway
914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
Three paved segments over nine miles.

Colonial Greenway
914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
Fifteen-mile, unpaved trail with varied surfaces. No bicycles.

North County Trailway
914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
A 22.1-mile trail from Mount Pleasant north toward Yorktown.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail/State Historic Park
914-693-5259
aqueduct.org
Tree-lined, 26.2-mile portion of a 41-mile trailway along the Hudson River.

South County Trailway
914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
A 14.1-mile paved trail from Yonkers to Elmsford.

Nature Centers/Preserves

Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary
Bedford
nature.org
A 363-acre preserve with six forest communities.

Cranberry Lake Preserve
North White Plains, 914-428-1005
westchestergov.com/parks
Hiking and walking on 135 acres.

Croton Point Nature Center
Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-5297
westchestergov.com/parks
Local flora, fauna, and Native American history.

Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary
Rye, 914-867-8720
westchestergov.com/parks
A 179-acre sanctuary along Long Island Sound migratory flyway.

Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve
North Castle/New Castle
nature.org
A 247-acre preserve with trails.

Greenburgh Nature CenteR
Scarsdale, 914-723-3470
greenburghnaturecenter.org
A 33-acre woodland preserve. Trails, outdoor animal displays, Manor House Museum, and gift shop.

Henry Morgenthau PreservE
Pound Ridge
henrymorgenthaupreserve.com
Bedford Audubon Society property along Blue Heron Lake.

Kitchawan Preserve
Yorktown, 914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
Trails and nature study.

Lenoir Preserve
Yonkers, 914-968-5851
westchestergov.com/parks
Wildlife preserve with nature center inside historic carriage house.

Long Pond Preserve on Lake Waccabuc
Lewisboro
nature.org
One-mile trail in 39-acre preserve.

Marion Yarrow Preserve
Lewisboro
nature.org
Hardwood forests and 30-foot waterfall.

Marshlands Conservancy
Rye, 914-834-4466
westchestergov.com/parks
Woods, fields and salt marsh on 160 acres along the Long Island Sound. 

Mianus River Gorge Preserve
Bedford
nature.org
738 acres with falls, quarry, and 350-year-old hemlocks.

Mildred E. Grierson Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary
Lewisboro
nature.org
Five-acre, spring-fed marsh pond.

Mount Holly Sanctuary
Bedford/Lewisboro
nature.org
Four trails in 209-acre preserve.

Otter Creek Preserve
Mamaroneck
nature.org
A 27-acre preserve with short loop trail.

Pruyn Sanctuary and Butterfly Garden
Chappaqua, 914-666-6503
sawmillriveraudobon.org/Pruyn.html
92-acre wildlife preserve.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Pocantico Hills, 914-631-1470
friendsrock.org
Rockefeller-designed carriage trails. Visitor Center Art Gallery

Rye Nature Center
Rye, 914-967-5150
ryenaturecenter.org
City-owned, 47-acre wildlife preserve.

Silver Lake Preserve
White Plains, 914-864-PARK
westchestergov.com/parks
Fishing, hiking, and walking trails.

Teatown Lake Reservation
Ossining, 914-762-2912
teatown.org
Environmental education center and nature preserve with animal displays.

Weinberg Nature Center
Scarsdale, 914-722-1289
weinbergnaturecenter.org
Meadow, fruit orchard, gardens, Native American Village, and Trailside Museum.

Westmoreland Sanctuary
Mount Kisco, 914-666-8448
westmorelandsanctuary.org
Eight miles of trails. Nature museum.

Wolf Conservation Center
South Salem, 914-763-2373
nywolf.org
Environmental education center with Ambassador wolves.