Croton is a beautiful place, with lots of state parks and woodlands to visit. We went to Croton George Park, which is also home to the New Croton Dam. The Dam is definitely worth seeing, the views from the bottom are quite something, but the most spectacular views are from the top. We enjoyed the short hike up there through the forest trail, and the views overlooking the reservoir were amazing.
|New Croton Dam|
|Stunning views across the Croton Reservoir|
|View from the top of the Dam|
After taking in the view we decided to explore some more of the hiking trails in the park. Although not extensive, there are a couple of good hour-long walks, one of which follows the river. Apart from getting slobbered on by some uncontrollable dogs, it was very pleasant walking through the woods. You forget that you are only an hour away from the city and it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the quiet.
We left the park around lunch time as it was getting very busy. There is a vast area for picnicking and lots of families were setting up for the afternoon. I prefer my countryside quiet, so it was time to head off and find some lunch.
There was a street fair when we visited, so the area was quite crowded and it was difficult to find parking. We eventually found a spot and went to the 'Justin Time Cafe' on Grand Street (http://dinejustinthyme.com). It was more of a bar/diner than a cafe and had lots of salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and a few vegan options for us to choose from. We both went with the California Veggie Burger Wrap which was filling and tasty. The service was good, it was a great spot for a casual lunch and we would go back if in the area.
We had a great day in Croton, it's a lovely day trip and we would definitely go back. There is much more to explore in the area, and in Westchester county in general, making it a great escape over the summer. For more information on Croton George Park and the dam, visit http://parks.westchestergov.com/croton-gorge-park