Just north of the city of Yonkers, on the east bank of the Hudson River, under 20 miles from Times Square, lie the Rivertowns of Hastings on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow. Dominated by the Palisades cliffs across the Hudson River, the villages are clustered at the base of a ridge of heavily wooded hills rising up over 400 feet above the river. It’s a land once inhabited by Native Americans and early American settlers, the home of the legendary Washington Irving, and also of some of America’s best-known industrialists and celebrities. The villages are connected by the Old Croton Aqueduct, which provides a unique opportunity for walkers and bicyclists to explore multiple villages, scenic areas, and historic sites. You can also enjoy the South County Bike Trail, built over the Old Putnam line and easily accessible from the Saw Mill River Parkway.


The Rivertowns Tourism Board invites you to discover this special, short escape from New York City, ideal for New Yorkers, or visitors from other parts of the region, country, or world who seek a quick taste of the Hudson Valley, the region’s history, and what it’s like to live on the quieter side of the capital of the world. It’s a destination you can enjoy year-round, accessible by Metro North Railroad and Amtrak without need for a car.

What to Do in the Rivertowns

If you're looking for some great hiking and biking tours through the historic Rivertowns, then take a look at the River Towns website on the web or on Facebook. You'll find something fun and exciting for all ages!

For even more information about the Hudson Valley, visit the Historic Hudson River Towns web site or on River Towns Facebook.