Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hike to Tibbett's Brook

Tibbets Brook Park

The first time I ever went to Tibbett's Brook Park in Westchester was when I did the Old Croton Aqueduct; unfortunately, I couldn't see most of it very well, since night was falling. So on a nice day during spring break, I decided to toodle back up there.

I started in Van Cortlandt Park, walking up the doomed Putnam Trail. From there it turns into the South County Trail, a paved greenway right next to the Saw Mill Parkway.  Along both the northern end of the Putnam trail and the South County Trail, snowdrops were in bloom.

Upon entering the southwest corner of Tibbett's Brook Park, the trail still parallels the parkway, but it seems to recede behind more trees. Tibbett's Brook has a dramatic but small cascade here. Farther along, there is a small waterfall where the dam spills over.

Tibbets Brook Park

At the north end of the park is a waterpark. It's limited to Westchester residents and their guests, but of course it wasn't open for the season yet anyway. (The restrooms are year-round, though, if you need to make a stop.)

I then returned along the east side of the park. I wanted to find where the OCA entered Van Cortlandt Park, but two factors hampered me: I hadn't brought my OCA maps, and I on this day I wasn't walking through the woods trails, where the OCA trail actually goes. So when I left the park for the streets of Yonkers, it took some trial and error to figure out where the trail was. However, I did find it, and got to see the Westchester OCA finish line in daylight.

Van Cortlandt Park

Round-trip, this was 11.5 flat miles. The plan had been to finish up with a walk around the Jerome Park reservoir, but it turned out that it was unattractively fenced in, so I passed.

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