Croton Point Park
Point Park is a 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. This park offers
year-round events and activities and has facilities
for camping, hiking and swimming. The park is rich in
natural and human history and is also the site of historic
wine cellars that are thought of be the oldest in New
York State and the Croton Point Nature Center, which
offers a year-round schedule of interpretive programs.
- Boat launch - Provides access
to the Hudson River and can accommodate sailboards,
canoes and car-top carried boats only. Open April
through October, from 8 a.m. to dusk, 7 days a week.
- Cabin Rental
- Cross country skiing - Whether
you prefer challenging trails through wooded areas
or acres of open space to traverse, Westchester County
parks and golf courses offer an ideal setting for
cross country skiing. You must provide your own equipment;
no rentals are available.
(Please note: Sledding is allowed only where noted.
Sledding is not permitted at golf courses.) Conditions
permitting, cross country skiing is allowed seven
days a week during daylight hours at the following
- Fishing - Fishing is permitted
in all the streams and lakes under the control of
the Westchester County Parks Department , except in
the nature preserves and where "No Fishing"
signs are displayed. There is also a fly fishing area
available at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross
River. In winter, ice fishing is allowed on several
lakes, conditions permitting, except in areas specifically
designated for ice skaters. A New York State fishing
license, which can be obtained through the Westchester
County Clerk's office at 914-995-3080, is required.
Information on permits and requirements for fishing
in reservoirs located within Westchester can be obtained
by calling the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection at 914-232-1309.
- Nature study
- Tent & RV camping - Spectacular
natural settings, a wide variety of sites and affordable
prices distinguish camping facilities administered
by Westchester County Parks. Located approximately
1 hour north of New York City, these facilities are
open to both residents and non-residents.
Age Restrictions - Permits for using shelters, cabins,
RV's and tent sites, available to adults 21 years
old or over.
- Swimming beach Saturdays, Sundays
and holidays only
- Nature Center & Discovery Trail
- The Croton Point Nature Center and Discovery Trail
are located in the 504-acre Croton Point Park, which
is situated on the largest peninsula of the Hudson
River in Croton-on-Hudson. The nature center offers
a year-round schedule of interpretive programs, presentations
and exhibits intended to help visitors better understand
the natural world, as well as to enhance their knowledge
of the area and its history. The scenic discovery
trail winds its way through the park, enabling visitors
to explore the point's many plant and wildlife species,
including painted turtles and a variety of frogs,
as well as its unique historical features.
- The Croton Point Nature Center
- Located on the northwest tip of the park, displays
exhibits about the Hudson River, local history, flora
and fauna, and archeology. The center hosts weekly
programs, including nature walks, presentation on
area history, and arts and crafts workshops. Nature
interpretive programs can be arranged by appointment
for school, scout and other organized groups. The
center is also the headquarters for the Material Archives
and Laboratory for Archaeology (MALFA).
- Treaty Oak Monument - Just south
of the family camping grounds and recreational vehicle
sites is a monument that marks a peace treaty signed
in 1645 between the Dutch and the Kitchiwank Indians,
who were the point's first residents. The treaty was
signed under a large white oak tree. Lightning destroyed
the tree, but a similar species of white oak planted
to the left of the monument endures.
- Meadow - One of the most magnificent
vistas of the Hudson River can be seen from atop a
hill created when a landfill in the park was permanently
capped in 1995, and reclaimed as a passive recreation
area. This 113-acre meadow is excellent for bird and
butterfly watching, as well as strolling. Birds, such
a bobolinks, meadowlarks, kestrels, northern harriers
and bald eagles can be viewed from this spot at various
times of the year.
- Brickyard Excavation - Clay deposits
were discovered in the area west of the present-day
tent sites and excavated as part of the Underhill
brick-making operations in the 1830's. Traces of the
brick can be found throughout the point today. The
excavation of clay resulted in the creation of rolling
terrain, wetlands and ponds. The forest in the area
consists of black locust, cottonwood, oak, and red
maple. Birds common to the area include the robin,
crow, catbird and yellow warbler. Mammals include
raccoon, muskrat and occasionally deer. This is the
largest continuous wooded section of the park.
Teller's Point and English Yews - The southern tip
of Croton Point was named after the Teller family,
who began a trading post here in the mid-1600's. Teller's
Point is excellent for vistas of the Yonkers skyline
and the Tappan Zee Bridge far to the south and the
Tarrytown Lighthouse on the far southeastern side
of the Hudson. Across the river and to the southwest,
one can view Hook Mountain, which is part of Palisades
Interstate Park. The mountain is regarded as one of
the best hawk watching areas along the East Coast,
and Teller's Point itself is visited by osprey, Red-tailed
- Croton Bay - Situated on the south
side of the park Croton Bay and its surrounding tidal
marshes are ecologically important areas for wildlife.
The marsh areas provide an ideal habitat for several
species of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, fish,
birds, and mammals. Raccoons, opossum, and muskrat
frequent the shoreline foraging for food. Water birds,
such as great blue herons, cormorants and a variety
of waterfowl also make the marsh their home, depending
on the season. The salinity in the bay water and the
abundance of marshes make it an ideal habitat for
striped bass, perch, American eels and blue claw crabs.
The bay, of course, is part of the Hudson River, a
great waterway with many commercial and recreational
uses. At low tide, one can comb the rocky shoreline
and find driftwood of many sizes, smoothed and shaped
by the river.
- The Wine Cellars - Dr. Underhill
owned and operated a successful winery at the point
during the mid-19th century. Although the vineyards
and the winery are long gone the historic old vaults
that served as wine cellars remain in the park today.
The cellars are thought to be the oldest in New York
State and possible the oldest in the United States.
A total of 30,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 gallons
of vinegar were stored in these underground vaults.
Wine cellar tours are offered periodically throughout
- Conifer Forest - Formerly the site
of the orchards and vineyards planted by Dr. Underhill,
this 15-acre forest is located near the park's campsites.
The forest comprises white pine once used for ship
masts and considered highly valuable during the Revolutionary
War era. The forest also has a mixing of Scotch pine
and Norway spruce, which were planted in the 1930's
by the Works Project Administration for conservation
projects. Great horned owls are commonly found in
the conifer stands and the occasional hawk is also
know to pay a visit to the forest.
Open daily dawn to dusk.