New Croton Dam

History and architecture come to life in this waterfall

The waterfall at Croton Gorge Park, in Cortlandt, is only half the attraction as the massive New Croton Dam almost steals the show with its impressive 1800s architecture.

The dam, built between 1837 and 1842, measures 297 feet tall by 266 feet wide and stretches 2,188 feet end-to-end. The reservoir now supplies 200-300 million gallons of water to New York City each day via aqueduct.

Croton Gorge Park is a 97-acre park with playgrounds, restrooms, grills, and plenty of space for picnics. There are hiking trails and spots for fishing. In Winter, the park is popular for cross-country skiing and sledding. Fees for parking are $5 with a pass and $10 without – Fri., Sat., & Sun., May through September until Sunday, Oct. 1.

The waterfall forms at the end of the 1,000-foot spillway which contains a number of smaller drops as water flows through the gorge.

Waterfall Name: Croton Gorge Park, Falls at
Alternative Name(s): Croton Falls, New Croton Dam Falls
Phone: …..
Website: …..

Classification: Dam and Falls
Height: 80′ Total
Crest: TBD
Access/Location Classification: Appx Location/Need Info

Waterway: Croton River
Cave/Forest/Preserve Name: Croton Gorge Park
Clove/Gulch/Valley/Glen: n/a
Gorge/Hollow/Gulf/Gully/Ravine/Chasm: Croton Gorge
Lat/Long: 41.22761, -73.85746
Altitude (Appx Meters): 41.7

Town: Croton On Hudson
County: Westchester
NYS Tourism Region: Hudson Valley
NYS Tourism:
NYDEC Region: Lower Hudson Valley
NYDEC Contact:

Parking: 41.225931, -73.857802
Parking Notes: …..
Trail head: TBD, TBD
Trail Notes: Roadside 2.1 miles, up-and-back (with more trails available)
We are in the process of collecting trails via, which we will make available in the near future. “Analysis In Progress”, “TBD”, and empty fields denote information currently being collected.

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