The Bronx River Audio Tour was developed by Westchester Parks Foundation, with 26 stops along the Bronx River Reservation. The tour is narrated by Dan Rather, and gives a fascinating overview of the rich history, landscape, and plant life along Westchester’s oldest park. Download PDF Brochure and Map
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The Kensico Dam Plaza is most well known for its massive stone dam wall, which is made of beautiful gray granite. Opposite the wall is the mall, which is home to many outdoor festivals, antique shows, concerts, and open space for walking, jogging or picnicking.
The 9-11 Memorial is known as “The Rising” and features a majestic steel monument that honors the 111 Westchester residents killed in the September 11th terror attacks.
The Valhalla Bridge dates back to 1925 and was the site of the grand opening of the parkway drive, and the preservation of nature amongst a nearby parkway.
The Shagbark Hickories are distinctive trees, which are one of the many native trees that have been planted along the Bronx River Walk to preserve this walkways natural beauty.
The Yellow Twig Dogwood is another native tree to this region. It is most noted for its spectacular year round show, which attracts birds, and its ability to prevent erosion.
The Sycamore Trees line the Bronx Rivers’ bank and are distinctive due to their flaking bark.
The Wetlands consist of Phragmites and Japanese knotweed, which are both not native to this region.
The Westchester County Center is a 5,000 seat multipurpose facility built in 1930 to offer Westchester County residents a wide variety of shows, exhibitions, concerts, civic and sporting events.
The city of White Plains was founded by the first Non Native American settlers in 1683, is only 25 miles from Manhattan, and stands as a gateway between New York City and New England.
This Battle Hill Monument consists of a reproduction of a British-manufactured field gun and commemorates the Revolutionary War Battle of White Plains, which took place here on October 28, 1776.
The Woodlands Viaduct is an impressive structure that was completed in 1922 and created in a way that preserves the natural beauty of the Bronx River Parkway.
The remmants of the Mill Stream Diversion are where gates allowed millers to regulate water flow to activate grist, saw and stone mills situated along the river during the 1800’s.
The Duckpond is a popular place for residents to sit, reflect and relax. On the southern tip of the pond are the remnants of the stone Haubold Gunpowder Mill, which dates back to the 1840s.
The Scarsdale Train station became a regular Metro North stop in 1877 and is located in a picturesque area, adjacent to the village of Scarsdale.
Garth Woods is one of the most beautiful sections of the reservation, home to a wide variety of birdlife, and is designated an ancient forest by the Sierra Club.
This small pond provides a natural retreat for wildlife, plans and animals, and an area of lowland that accommodates river flood waters.
The Pine Forest consists of towering white pine trees, which provide a bed of needles near the paved pathway of the Bronx River Walk.
The Westchester County Information Center is located in a small stone building, accessible by car from the Bronx River Parkway. The Center is open from June 27th to August 31st on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Crestwood Train Station, a regular stop on the Harlem Line since 1900, is a charming building that famed artist Norman Rockwell immortalized in a painting featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine in 1946.
Malcolm Wilson Park is a seven-acre property that was dedicated as a park in 1995. It is named after Malcolm Wilson who served as a New York State Lt. Governor for 15 years and who finished out Nelson Rockefeller’s term as new York State Governor after Rockefeller resigned in 1973. Just beyond the part is the Old Stone Mill, one of the earliest cotton mills in North America.
Bronxville Lake is another scenic delight along the Bronx River Walk that offers views of birds, wildlife and beautiful tree specimens.
The Bronxville Waterfall can be seen from the wood-railed pedestrian bridge that stretches over the Bronx River. Not only is the cascading water a lovely sight, but it also serves a practical purpose by oxygenating the water for the river’s many aquatic organisms.
In 1844 Swain’s Mill became a water-powered stone factory, but was converted into the headquarters of the Bronx Parkway Commission in 1922. Parts of the foundation of the old mill and the parkway headquarters building can still be seen today.
Enjoy the world of wonder, sights and sounds, history, architecture and man-made marvels in the lovely natural setting of the 9.6 mile Bronx River Walk, Westchester County’s first park, adjacent to America’s oldest parkway.