It’s a gorgeous time of year to layer up the family and go for a walk on one of the county’s dozens of scenic trailways. Westchester shines in the fall, offering unmatched leaf-peeping and spectacular foliage. Here are a few of our favorites paths, all paved so that even the youngest can come along in their strollers or push-handle trikes, and the older ones can bike.
Bronx River Pathway (pictured above)
You can spy the 18-mile Bronx River Pathway as you drive down the parkway, but actually walking on it is a completely different experience. The best portions of the trail are hidden from the cars – meandering into the trees, crossing over streams, and featuring quaint wooden walking bridges. There are two major sections to the trail: the path between Crane Road in Scarsdale and Palmer Road in Bronxville, and the path between Greenacres Avenue in Hartsdale and Kensico Dam in Valhalla (here’s a map). We usually park in Scarsdale Village or at Kensico Dam Plaza to get started.
North County Trailway
The North County Trailway runs 22.1 miles from Mount Pleasant to Somers. We like the section of the trail that starts in Yorktown, heads north, then curves around the New Croton Reservoir and across a gorgeous antique railroad bridge that spans the reservoir (here’s a map). Park along the Route 100 corridor, south of the Kitchawan Preserve, to access the trailway. (Photo credit: traillink.com.)
RiverWalk runs along the west side of Westchester, offering unparalleled views of the Hudson and thick layers of colorful foliage across the way. 32.9 miles of trail are currently accessible, spanning from Peekskill all the way down to Yonkers (here’s a map). The path is constantly cut off by construction, however, so you’ll have to choose a section and stick with it. Our favorite parts are in Tarrytown and Dobbs Ferry because there are playgrounds overlooking the water along the way. We usually park by the train station in Dobbs Ferry (make sure you’re in a legal spot!) or by RiverMarket restaurant in Tarrytown, and start from there.