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
Full-service canoe and kayak center on Hudson River. Rentals. 

Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-5290
Canoe and kayak launch.

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

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

George’s Island Park
Montrose, 914-737-7530
Boat launching ramps.

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

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

Wampus Pond
Armonk, 914-273-3230
Rowboats available.

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


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

Bronx River Pathway
Three paved segments over nine miles.

Colonial Greenway
Fifteen-mile, unpaved trail with varied surfaces. No bicycles.

North County Trailway
A 22.1-mile trail from Mount Pleasant north toward Yorktown.

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

South County Trailway
A 14.1-mile paved trail from Yonkers to Elmsford.

Nature Centers/Preserves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kitchawan Preserve
Yorktown, 914-864-PARK
Trails and nature study.

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

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

Marion Yarrow Preserve
Hardwood forests and 30-foot waterfall.

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

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

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

Mount Holly Sanctuary
Four trails in 209-acre preserve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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