Westchester Riverwalk in Tarrytown, NY

We were actually playing Ingress — I’ve blogged about how that game has led us into accidental day trips before — and I saw a “mission” called Riverwalk. It sounded promising — we were only a mile or so away from the Hudson River and I was hoping for some lovely views. We were having dinner in Sleepy Hollow, at a cute and quite sufficient bar and grill called Horsefeathers, and discussing what we’d like to do on our only evening in the town. My husband and I decided upon completing several local Ingress missions. And in so doing, we discovered a gem.

I’m jealous, frankly. Although we Marylanders have the 184 miles of the C&O Canal, I still covet the soon to be completed 51-mile stretch of the Riverwalk!

The Riverwalk is one of those cool things that should happen but so seldom do. And when it does, it’s wonderful! It came about because an organization by the name of Scenic Hudson partnered with the village, county and developer Natural RE/sources to turn this longtime industrial site into a waterfront park offering magnificent views stretching from the Manhattan skyline to the Tappan Zee Bridge.

While strolling along the walk, we watched jet skiers splash in the water, a boat zoom by, and in the distance, the New York skyline through the old Tappen Zee Bridge. A new bridge is just being built alongside, and signs along the walk explained the various construction support boats and barges. On the walk itself, couples and families with small children laughed and played. I’m happy to report that although the walk is not crowded, it’s well used!

There’s a riverside esplanade, a series of grass terraces and lawns, and an “eco-corridor” filled with native plants. Tarrytown can claim only a segment of the planned 51-mile Westchester County RiverWalk.

We stopped by the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, at the end of the Riverwalk. It was a fitting end to a lovely day in Sleepy Hollow as well!

Getting there: 250 W. Main St., Tarrytown (just north of Pierson Park)

Dogs: No better place for them!!

Hours: The park is open from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.

Websites: www.westchestergov.com/riverwalk/, http://www.scenichudson.org/parks/riverwalkparktarrytown

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