The Bronx River Parkway Reservation, Westchester’s oldest park, is an 807-acre paved linear park that was created as an adjunct to the Bronx River Parkway opened in 1925.
The reservation touts a number of “firsts” -- it was the first linear park in Westchester, as well as one of the first in the country, and, the Bronx River Parkway was the first parkway in the nation. It extends 13.2 miles in Westchester from the New York City line north to the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
The reservation also has the distinction of being the first official Westchester County park, whose establishment led to the creation of today’s county park system of more than 50 parks spanning nearly 18,000 acres.
The picturesque reservation, which runs through the heart of southern Westchester County, features ponds, wooden footbridges and hundreds of varieties of native trees and shrubs. It is a favorite place for bicycling, walking, running and nature study.
The pathway consists of three paved segments:
- a one-mile loop near Oak Street in Mount Vernon
- a 4.6-mile section from Palmer Road in Bronxville north to Crane Road in Scarsdale
- a 5-mile section extending from Green Acres Avenue in Hartsdale to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla
Learn more about the history of the parkway from the Westchester County Archives.