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Croton Gorge Park
New Croton Dam from below.jpg
View of the New Croton Dam in Croton Gorge Park
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Type County park
Location Cortlandt, New York
Area 97 acres (39 ha)
Created 1964
Operated by Westchester County, New York
Open All year and free of charge

Croton Gorge Park is a park in Cortlandt, New York owned and operated by Westchester County. It consists of 97 acres (39 ha) at the base of New Croton Dam. The park is a popular venue for fishing, picnicking, sledding and cross country skiing. The Old Croton Trail begins in the park, which also includes a baseball field and an impressive fountain occasionally operated with high pressure water from the reservoir. The fountain was reopened in 2000 after having been out of service since the mid twentieth century.

The road over the top of the dam is one of four arteries for crossing the Croton River (only three of the bridges connect to public roads at both ends). Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, this road has been closed to non-emergency vehicles as a security precaution, though it remains open to pedestrians and bicycles. Previously, school buses had used the road as the best route available.

Croton Gorge Fountain in 2000
Park with fountain as seen from the dam
Croton Gorge park trail
one of the trails to the top of the dam
Croton Gorge waterfall 2
view from the dam
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