Dobbs Ferry WalkAbout

Lazy Days in the Hudson Valley: Dobbs Ferry


Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County is tiny, but don’t let its size fool you. This charming rivertown is jam-packed with history and things to do. You may have only driven through it before, but I’m giving you just a few reasons to stay and explore. You may just fall in love with it as I have.


Incorporated in 1873, this adorable village is steeped in American history. George Washington and his troops set up camp there in the summer of 1781 during the American Revolutionary War before marching down to the Chesapeake region of Virginia, where they, along with French allies, would win the war in the Siege of Yorktown.

Today, amidst several nationally recognized historic sites, are simple modern pleasures. Spanning only 3.2 square-miles, by foot, one can see everything in a day. Experiencing everything, on the other hand, will take several trips.


I started off by walking the 1.7-mile stretch of the 41-mile Old Croton Aqueduct Trail that lands within the borders of the 10522 zip code. On this particular Sunday afternoon, the trail featured training runners, chatting friends, biking families, striking homes, and lounging buddies.

Keeper’s House (in background), 15 Walnut Street, Visitor and Education Center (temporarily closed) || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul


Colonial Revival home along OCA Trail || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul



After taking in the serene scenery, I ventured over to Waterfront Park, located between the train station and Hudson River.


Dobbs Ferry Train Station and Waterfront Park, 11 Station Plaza || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul