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Hudson River Ramble Events - September 15, 2019

 

Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails - 10 AM

Enjoy a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails. The trails are intermediate level and include rocks, roots, and logs. Must have some level of comfort with trail obstacles and know the limits of your abilities. Walking sections beyond your ability is ok. Mountain bikes are required (no hybrids), plus helmet, water, snack(s), spare tube and tools and a positive attitude. Meet at the Crompond Elementary School parking lot, 2901 Manor Street. After a short safety talk, the group will ride to the Strang Blvd trailhead and head into the woods! Plan to ride for about 60-90 minutes over about 2-2.5 hours. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, Westchester Cycle Club and Westchester Mountain Bike Association. 

 

September 22, 2019

Explore the Mohansic Trailway, Yorktown's newest trail - 2 PM

Explore the new Mohansic Trailway, the trail link that connects the North County Trail in Yorktown Heights to FDR State Park.  Meet at 2pm at the parking lot at Burger King at Route 118 and Downing Drive. The trail follows the route of an old rail spur, abandoned in 1917, that once connected Yorktown Heights to a mental institution in what is now FDR State Park. Constructed by volunteers, including four Eagle Scout projects, the trail includes three bridges and over 800 feet of boardwalk that traverses a wetland.

 

Hudson River Ramble Events - September 15, 2018

 

Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails - 10 AM

Enjoy a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails. The trails are intermediate level and include rocks, roots, and logs. Must have some level of comfort with trail obstacles and know the limits of your abilities. Walking sections beyond your ability is ok. Mountain bikes are required (no hybrids), plus helmet, water, snack(s), spare tube and tools and a positive attitude. Meet at the Crompond Elementary School parking lot, 2901 Manor Street. After a short safety talk, the group will ride to the Strang Blvd trailhead and head into the woods! Plan to ride for about 60-90 minutes over about 2-2.5 hours. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, Westchester Cycle Club and Westchester Mountain Bike Association. 

 

Interpretive Hike through Sylvan Glen Park Preserve - 2 PM

A family friendly moderate level 2.5 mile hike exploring the former quarries at Sylvan Glen Park Preserve that supplied honey colored granite for the approaches to the George Washington and Whitestone bridges. Includes a stop at the 18-foot circumference Quarry Oak. Rain or shine. Duration: 2.5 hours.  Some assents and descents and uneven terrain. Not suitable for children under 6. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Town of Yorktown. 

 

 

June 2018 - Construction has begun on the Mohansic Trailway! 

 

Weekly work days are scheduled - click here to take a peek at the upcoming schedule .

 

 

Join the YTTC Email list for weekly emails with specific information about each workday.

 

General Work Day Guidelines


What should I wear?

  • Durable pants

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots (NO open-toe shoes or sandals)

  • Long sleeves on shirts and hat optional
     

What can I bring?

  • Gardening or work gloves

  • Water 

 

Special requirements for volunteers under 18 yrs of age

  • A permission slip is required for anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by a parent. 


YTTC recommends all attendees wear sunscreen and insect repellant - and conduct tick checks after the work session has concluded 

Past Events

June 2, 2018 - National Trails Day / Construction Begins on Mohansic Trailway  

YTTC will have a short opening ceremony followed by an active work day clearing vegetation to prepare the area to build the bridges and boardwalk.

Date - Saturday, June 2 - National Trails Day

 Time - 9am - 11am. Work will begin after a short opening ceremony

Where - Meet at lower parking lot of French Hill School on Baldwin Road


What should I wear?
Durable pants
Sturdy shoes or hiking boots (NO open toe shoes or sandals)
Long sleeves on shirts and hat optional

 

What can I bring?

Gardening or work gloves

Branch clippers

Battery-powered hedge trimmers*
 

*if you plan to bring a hedge trimmer, please email us as we only need a limited number

YTTC recommends all attendees wear insect repellant and conduct tick checks after the work session has concluded 

 

 

May 12, 2018 - Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Location: Buckhorn St Trailhead

 

Join us for a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails! We will have a short safety talk before departing. These are intermediate-level trails that include rocks, roots, and logs. Riders must have some level of comfort with trail obstacles and know the limits of their abilities (walking sections beyond your ability is ok). We will regroup as needed and at trail junctions. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Buckhorn St. You will need a mountain bike (hardtails OK; NO HYBRIDS), helmet, water, snack(s), spare tube and tools, and a positive attitude. The ride is jointly run by Yorktown Trail Town, Westchester Cycle Club (WCC) and Westchester Mountain Bike Association (WMBA)

 

May 19,2018 - Hiking Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

Time: 2-4:30pm

Location:  Stony Street Parking lot (across from 2820 Stony Street)

 

The former quarries at the Sylvan Park Preserve supplied granite for the approaches to the George Washington and Whitestone bridges. Join Walt and Jane Daniels on a 2.5 mile hike through the park. Visit quarries and the 18-foot circumference Quarry Oak. The trails traverse a variety of terrain, from steep climbs and descents to gentle woods roads. Bring a camera, wear comfortable shoes, bring water and a snack. Walk will occur regardless of the weather. Jointly run with NY-NJ Trail Conference , Yorktown Trail Town Committee and the Town of Yorktown.

 

 

Boots and Bikes - September 2017

The Yorktown Trail Town Committee will be hosting two events as part of the 18th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble taking place on weekends in September. 

 

These events are designed for all ages. 

 

For September 17, 2017

 

Hike Sylvan Glen Park Preserve. 2pm. Enjoy a guided hike through one of Yorktown’s best kept secrets. The Preserve was once an active quarry that supplied the honey-colored granite for the approaches to the George Washington and Whitestone bridges.  Hikers can see remnants of the quarry operation and the 18 foot circumference Quarry Oak. The 2.5 mile hike will last approximately 2.5 hours. Not suitable for children under 6.  Hike will take place regardless of weather.  Assemble in parking lot at end of Morris Lane. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, the NY-NJ Trail Conference and the Town of Yorktown. For more information: wjdhicks@gmail.com.

 

For September 23, 2017

 

Mountain Biking the Yorktown Trails. 10am. Enjoy a lively mountain bike ride on the Yorktown Trails.  There will be a short safety talk before departing before regrouping  primarily at the end of each trail. Meet at the Crompond Elementary School parking lot on Manor Street. From there we will ride to the Strang Blvd. trailhead and head into the woods. Plan to ride for about 60-90 minutes over 2-2.5 hours. These are intermediate-level trails that include rocks, roots, and logs and cyclists should have some level of comfort with trail obstacles and know the limits of their abilities. Walking sections beyond one’s ability is okay. Participants must have mountain bikes; no hybrids. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town and Westchester Cycle Club,  For more information: unlimitedmpg@gmail.com,303-521-2633

 

 
Feb 3, 2017 - Guided Hike in Hunter Brook Preserve

Discover a hidden retreat along this important tributary to the Croton Reservoir. Registration is required - email joan@westchesterlandtrust.org

 

Boots, Bikes, and Binoculars - September 2016

The Yorktown Trail Town Committee will be hosting three events as part of the 17th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble taking place on four successive weekends in September :3/4, 10/11, 17/18, & 24/25, 2016.

 

Billed as the “Three Bs: Boots,  Bikes, and Binoculars," the Yorktown events are designed for all ages and interests from cycling and hiking to walks and bird watching.  

 

Guided bike ride: September 10th:  9am-noon

 
July 16, 2pm, Hike FDR Park

Join Yorktown Trail Town and Friends of FDR State Park and visit a part of FDR State Park that you have not seen before. We will walk to the site of a bridge that the Friends of FDR will be building to connect to park roads.  

 

Sneakers are fine but no sandals or open toed shoes.

 

Meet at the upper parking lot of the former French Hill School on Baldwin Road.

 
June 25, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Farm Walk at Hilltop Hanover Farm.

Join knowledgeable staff and volunteers for a free hike of the farm and trails.

 

June 25, 7:30 am-11:30 am, Bird Walk, FDR State Park in Yorktown 

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and our partners, Friends of FDR, for a bird walk in the forests and by the wetlands of this gem of a park. This walk caters to novices and experienced birders alike. Level of physical difficulty: Easy-Moderate.

Please register in advance with Janelle Robbins at jrobbins@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999. The event is co-sponsored by the Bedford Aububon Society, Friends of FDR Park and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 

June 21, 8-9:30 am, Birding Hotspot at BOCES Campus, Yorktown Heights/Somers

This property boasts many acres of shrubby fields, which should host breeding Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, and other old field birds. This walk caters to novices and experienced birders alike. Level of physical difficulty: Moderate.

Please register in advance with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801. The event is co-sponsored by the Bedford Aububon Society and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 

June 18, 10 am,  Hike the Teatown-Kitchawan Trail

The Teatown-Kitchawan Trail is a 6.5 mile hiking trail in southern Yorktown, from Teatown Lake Reservation to the Kitchawan Preserve.  We'll walk it from Teatown to Kitchawan, and arrange shuttle cars to take us back to the start.

 

Meet the hike leader, Mark Linehan, at the Kitchawan Preserve, on Route 134, 1.2 miles east of the Taconic.  We'll drop off some cars for the return, then drive to Teatown to start the hike.  Bring water, lunch, suntan lotion, and good boots.

 
June 4, 1 pm,  Launch of North County Trailway Signs, Railroad Park, Yorktown Heights

The Yorktown Trail Town Committee will unveil two new permanent signs featuring maps of the Yorktown Heights business hamlet. The signs will be placed next to the North County Trailway in Railroad Park and just south of the Underhill/Commerce/Kear Street intersection.  The signs will introduce trail users to the services available in Yorktown Heights.

 

 

June 4, 1:30 pm, Bicycle Safety Clinics at Railroad Park, Yorktown

 

Certified bicycle safety instructor, Debbie Ramsey, will teach beginning cyclists helmet adjustment, bicycle safety checks, and safe bicycle mounting and dismounting. The event will begin immediately after the launch of the North County Trailway signs and is being is co-sponsored by the Westchester Cycle Club and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 

 
June 4, 1:30 pm, Bike ride on North County Trailway


Steve Richman, ride leader with the Westchester Cycle Club, will lead an introductory ride from Yorktown to Baldwin Place on the North County Trail. This is an off-road, paved trail that runs 5.6 miles gently uphill to Baldwin Place that is suitable for beginners. There will be a rest stop in Baldwin Place. Riders must have helmets and bicycles in good mechanical condition.  The event will begin immediately after the launch of the North County Trailway signs and is being is co-sponsored by the Westchester Cycle Club and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 

Meet at the commuter parking lot on Underhill Avenue between Yorktown Town Hall and the Meadow Farms farm stand, immediately after the Yorktown Trail Town Committee’s ceremony launching their new signs. Children under 12 not permitted, and those between 12 and 18 must have parental permission. 

 

 

May 26, 7 am-9 am, Migration Madness 

New and experienced birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson on a bird walk on the North County Trailway. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of the Trailway and Route 129 in Yorktown. Hone your birding skills and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds. Level of physical difficulty: Easy.

 

Please register in advance with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801. The event is co-sponsored by the Bedford Audubon Society and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 
May 21, 2016 2pm – A guided hike through Sylvan Glen Park Preserve.

Explore one of Yorktown’s hidden treasures with Walt and Jane Daniels, authors of Walkable Westchester, a guide to 200 parks with more than 600 miles of trails. The 2.5 mile hike will explore the remnants of the abandoned quarry  that supplied the granite for the approaches to the George Washington  and Whitestone bridges and pass the giant Quarry Oak with an 18’ circumference. The trail traverses a variety of terrain, from steep climbs and descents to walking on gentle paths.  

 

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera, some water and a snack.  

 

The hike is co-sponsored with the NY-NJ Trail Conference.  

 

Directions; From Route 202, turn right onto Lexington Avenue and go ½ mile before a right turn onto Morris Lane. The parking lot is at the bottom of the hill.

 

May 14, 2016 10am – Community Café ride on the North County Trail
Two start options: Yorktown or Mahopac

Community Café rides are easy rides on the North County Trail, designed to introduce people both to the Trail and to cafés and ice cream stores along the way.  These are mellow rides - ideal for new riders and for those who aren't in much of a hurry to get there. We'll have time to chat at the cafes. The total distance is 26 miles, but riders can turn back at any point.

 

These are two rides on one day, one ride starting in Yorktown and heading north on the North County 

Trail to Carmel, and one starting in Mahopac and heading south to Yorktown, then north to Carmel, then 

south again to the starting place in Mahopac.

 

Both rides start at 10 a.m., and both rides will visit Trailside Café in Yorktown and Millie’s Café in Carmel.  Other opportunities to refuel along the route include JJ’s Scoop House in Yorktown, Coldstone Creamery in Baldwin Place, and the Freight House café in Mahopac.

 

Riders must have helmets and bicycles in good mechanical condition. Children under 12 not permitted, and those between 12 and 18 must have parental permission.

 

The Yorktown meeting place is at the commuter parking lot on Underhill Road, between the Yorktown 

Town Hall and the Meadows Farm stand. This ride is lead by Mark Linehan.

 

The Mahopac meeting place is at the Mahopac Park N Ride on, just across Route 6 from Bikeway.  Enter 

from Mount Hope Road, on the south side of Route 6. The ride leader is David Wilson.

 

These rides are jointly sponsored by the Westchester Cycle Club and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.

 

May 8, 2016 1:30-3:00 – Turtle Walk at Sylvan Glen, led by Patricia Johnson

Learn about the Eastern painted turtles that inhabit Yorktown’s Sylvan Glen Preserve. Participants will hear about turtles and their importance to our ecosystem from Patricia Johnson, a herpetologist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Bring binoculars so that you can view basking turtles from a distance– they are shy and will disappear if disturbed!

 

Meet at the Sylvan Glen parking lot. From Route 202, take Lexington Avenue ½ mile to Morris Lane on the 

right, and head straight to the parking lot at the bottom of the hill.

 

2016 On-going/Seasonal Events

Bicycle Safety Clinics (First Saturday, monthly, May - September 2016) 11am-2pm

Bicycle Safety Clinics at Railroad Park in Yorktown Heights.

Upcoming Dates: September 3

 

Certified bicycle safety instructor and Westchester Cycle Club member Debbie Ramsey will teach beginning cyclists helmet adjustment, bicycle safety checks, and safe bicycle mounting and dismounting. 

 

 

4th Saturday of each month, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Farm Walk at Hilltop Hanover Farm.

Join knowledgeable staff and volunteers for a free hike of the farm and trails.

 

September 12th, 2015 -  Hudson River Ramble

 

Cyclists to celebrate local roads as part of the Hudson River Ramble on September 12th

Join local cyclists in several Yorktown bicycle-related events:

 

Bicycle Safety Education Class

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Railroad Park in Yorktown Heights

 

Certified bicycle safety instructor, Debbie Ramsey, will teach beginning cyclists helmet adjustment, bicycle safety checks, and safe bicycle mounting and dismounting.

 

23 mile Ride to the Croton Dam

Departs at 9 a.m. from the Yorktown Town Hall commuter parking lot

 

Join other riders on a relatively easy route -- but in Westchester County, there are always hills. This ride goes via Routes 118 and 129 to Croton Dam Park, with return via Route 129 and the North County Trailway. The pace will be 9-11 miles per hour with a break at the dam. No one will be dropped.

 

49 mile loop from Yorktown to Ridgefield and back

Departs at 9 a.m. from the Yorktown Town Hall commuter parking lot.

 

This fairly hilly but very scenic route passes through Katonah, Pound Ridge, Vista, and North Salem with a rest stop in Ridgefield. Two groups will leave around the same time: a faster group for riders who can average 14-16 miles per hour, and a slower group at 13-15 miles per hour.

 

Helmets required. Road bicycles recommended – not mountain or hybrid designs. Bicycles must be in good mechanical condition. All riders should bring liquids and spare tubes and be prepared to ride at the speed listed above for the specified distance.

 

These activities are sponsored by the Yorktown Trail Town Committee and the Westchester Cycle Club as part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. The annual Ramble (www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com) celebrates the history, culture, and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley throughout September with a variety of guided outdoor adventures from Saratoga to New York City.

 

The Westchester Cycle Club (www.westchestercycleclub.org) is Westchester's largest bicycling organization and is dedicated to educating the general public about bicycle safety and the benefits of bicycle riding.

 

The Yorktown Trail Town Committee (www.yorktowntrailtown.com) supports a sustainable Yorktown economy by connecting trail and park users to local businesses while celebrating Yorktown’s trails, parks, and open spaces.

 

Contact: Mark H. Linehan,

Co-Chair, Yorktown Trail Town Committee

mhl@mlinehan.us

 

June 6th, 2015

 

Yorktown Trail Town Committee Kick-off Ceremony

Join Committee members and invited guests for the official launch of the Yorktown Trail Town initiative. Be one of first to get a copy of the North County Trailway at Yorktown Heights Map and Visitor Guide.

 

1:30 pm at Railroad Station Park, located along the North County Trailway on Commerce Street in the heart of Yorktown Heights.

 

Following a short ceremony, please join us for a reception at Trailside Café, across from the Park at 1807 Commerce Street.  

 

 

To celebrate National Trail Day, the Yorktown Trail Town Committee is hosting the following special events.

 

All events will start after the welcoming ceremony, at approximately 1:45pm. Groups will depart from Railroad Station Park.

 

Bike ride on the North County Trailway

The bicycle ride, led by Mark Linehan of the Westchester Cycle Club, offers an introduction to the North County Trailway, a paved, mostly off-road trail that runs from the Bronx to Brewster. The route covers one of the most scenic parts of the Trailway, from Yorktown Heights across the Croton Reservoir bridge to Millwood, and return. The total distance is 14 miles, with an option to shorten it to 6 miles by turning back at the bridge. The route is fairly easy, with a long but gentle downhill slope to the Croton Reservoir, then gradually uphill to Millwood.  The public is welcome, but bicycles should be in good mechanical condition and bicycle helmets are required.

 

Hike up Turkey Mountain

It is not surprising that people love to hike up Turkey Mountain. The sweeping view towards the Hudson River make this 0.7 mile long hike up the white trail well worth the easy to moderate climb. The hike will be led by Paul Moskowitz, a member of Yorktown’s Advisory Committee for Open Space. Bring water and a camera. Wear sneakers.  No open toed shoes.  

 

Bird Walk on the North County Trailway

Spring means migration! Welcome birds back to the neighborhood with this walk along the wetlands of the North County Trailway led by Janelle Robbins, Executive Director of Bedford Audubon. We'll be on the lookout for favorites like Mallard and Red-winged Blackbird, as well as some of our more elusive (and threatened) species like Wood Thrush that breed here. Bring binoculars if you have them. Great for families with children older than 5. Please, no dogs.

 

Parking: Ample free parking is available at the Yorktown Commuter Lot on Underhill Avenue, next to Town Hall and one block from Railroad Station Park. Head east on Underhill Avenue, past Meadows Farm Market. When the road veers to the left, you’ll see the Park just ahead on the right.

 

And when you return from your ride/walk/hike, and before heading home, relax and enjoy some refreshments at one of the many food establishments located in the Heights area.  For suggestions, see the North County Trailway at Yorktown Heights Map and Visitor Guide.