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Bronx and Westchester South County Trail

Van Cortlandt Park to Elmsford
  • 13 miles
  • 4 to 7 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 13-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road paved trail, dedicated to bicyclists and hikers only. The section begins on the west side of Van Cortlandt Park at the intersection of Broadway and West 242nd Street (accessible by NYC subway and on-street parking). From there, the trail runs northeast through the park, following the former Putnam rail line north into Westchester, where the route then follows the South County Trail. Despite passing through densely populated areas, the rail-trail is surprisingly park-like and quiet, buffered from adjacent development and the Saw Mill River Parkway by dense woods. The north end of this trail section is in Elmsford, at Route 119. Multiple trail parking areas exist along the route, including VE Macy Park, a county park with ample parking and public restrooms.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

HV03-HV04_South-North.pdf Download HV04-HV03_North-South.pdf Download
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Hilton Garden Inn - Dobbs Ferry

Hilton Garden Inn Westchester/Dobbs Ferry is in a convenient central Westchester County location, off Saw Mill River Parkway at exit 16 with easy access to Tarrytown, White Plains and Yonkers. Located in the heart of Rivertowns Square Complex, with various shopping, dining and entertainment options, our hotel is near House of Sports, Acorda Therapeutic Headquarters, and Empire City Casino. It's just a five-minute ride in our complimentary shuttle to Dobbs Ferry station, with express rail service straight into NYC.

Microtel Inn & Suites

81 newly designed smoke free guestrooms. HD flat panel televisions. All doubles and suites include microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer and ironing board. Located less than one mile from Turning Stone Casino and less than 6 to Vernon Downs race track and casino..