Tour Natural and Manmade Water Filtration Systems and Tunnel Workers Memorial

Please join me for a hike and informational tour of the natural wetlands and manmade water systems in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. We will hike the great trails of the Croton Woods , the Northeast Forest and the Shandler Recreation Area and learn about how the Bronx supplies water to the rest of the city and what sacrifices - both in terms of the ecology and loss of human life - had to be made so we can receive clean water every day.

The hike will be approximately 5 miles and take under 4 hours. There are a couple of hilly spots, but for the most part it's level ground. We will be in the woods for the vast majority of the hike with a bit of street walking during the second half. We will visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial on East 233rd street.

MEET: 242nd Street Subway Station on the East side of Broadway at 10AM. There are restrooms and a place to buy water and snacks. 

Route: walk the Putnam Nature Trail to the John Muir Trail link, cross the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, continue on the Muir to the Northeast Forest. Restrooms and water at 233rd street. Visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial, re-enter the park at the Shandler Recreation Area, tour the manmade wetlands and learn about the Croton Filtration Plant.  Bring binoculars for wildlife watching opportunities if you wish.

We will end the walk at the Shandler picnic area where there are restrooms, a cafe and picnic tables. After lunch, I will be walking back to the West side of the park using a different route, so anyone who would like to walk back to the Broadway area is welcome to join me after lunch. Note: walking back will be a similar distance, so this will almost double your walking distance. Otherwise, we will break up at the picnic area, which is close to Bx and Westchester buses and the 4 train. To get back to the Broadway area by transportation, you can take one of the Westchester buses at East 233rd to Mosholu Parkway and from there take the Bx10 to the Broadway area.

To get there: Take the 1 train to the last stop (242nd) and meet by the station on the East side of Broadway. Bx9 bus also stops by the station. Right now, there are no transit service changes, but check for weekend subway route changes here: MTA Weekender (

Ticks: There may be ticks in the woods, so dress like you normally would for a forest hike. However, I normally consider Van Cortlandt Park a tick-safe area because I have personally never ever found a tick on a VCP hike.

If you are driving, the parking lot on the West side of the park (by the Bailey Ave park entrance) is free and you may be able to get a spot (although some Sundays when there are large sporting events in the park, the parking goes fast).


Contact hike leader directly if you have questions about the hike.

Event date: 8- 13-2017 10:00 AM
Members Free
Hikeleader Margarita Eremeyev
Phone 347-224-7730,
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