Outdoor Activities In and Around Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry is one of the best places to embark on a section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. That’s because the village is home to the historic Keeper’s House, the last surviving example of the half a dozen homes built for overseers charged with the upkeep of the aqueduct. Built in 1857, this Italianate house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Today it’s a visitor center with an exhibit on the aqueduct, how it was built, and how it contributed to the growth of New York City. 

The pristine Juhring Nature Preserve is Dobbs Ferry’s largest park. In the early 1960s, this 76-acre parcel was scheduled to be divided into lots for a new subdivision, but the public outcry was so intense that the village scrounged up enough funding to designate the land as a permanent “open space.” For more than 20 years, Dobbs Ferry Boy Scout Troop 42 has been maintaining existing hiking trails and blazing new ones.   

Occupying 10 acres flanking the Hudson River, Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park has striking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. The boat dock, fishing pier, and playground are popular destinations for locals and visitors alike.