Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

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  • I live in the area .... and I visit this park frequently. It is clean and well maintained. When alone, I feel very safe ... which is why I am comfortable going and sitting alone at anytime during...  more »
  • This is such a lovely area to walk, picnic, or relax on the lawn! So pretty to walk around, and if you walk to the top of the Dam, the view is beautiful! Kid friendly with play area that is good for....  more »
  • There is a playground that is perfect for the kids. The plaza is great for running/walking. The steps that you can walk to the top of the dam are steep and hard to walk up. They could use a remodel...  more »
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  • It's really fascinating to visit these reservoirs that supply NYC with its tap water. This is reservoir #4 for us (I believe there are more than ten and some are off-limits to the public). We had an enjoyable time, like we did in previous reservoir trips. Parking was free and easy, and there are clean restrooms close to the parking lot. From there, we hiked to the top of the reservoir wall. There's two trails, one on each side of the wall. We took the left-side trail going up. The trees provided some much needed shade during the hike, which was nice, although the terrain is steeper than we expected. I'd say about 150 steps total. We visited at the start of summer so we were sticky and sweaty when we finally reached the top. From there, the reservoir finally came into view and it was scenic and tranquil as expected. We walked to the other side and descended via the right side trail. Our visit lasted about an hour.
  • Park is always clean. It's good for walking or jogging, walking up to the dam, sitting on the grass or just relaxing. There's a small park for younger kids. Many people bring their dogs. There's a few benches if you want to bring food, there's usually a food truck there.
  • If you haven't seen "The Rising" at Kensico Dam, you should. It is a very touching memorial to the victims of the 9-11 terror attack. Easy parking, nice park for the kids. Great place all around for a quick rest or even a picnic.
  • Music, food, vendors. Lovely day. Everyone should come next year too. It's always a special day outdoors. So much to do. The dog loved it too!
  • I've lived by the dam and this park most of my life. It is a beautiful place to visit and bring the family especially during events. It is certainly scenic and every sense of the word. It's great for a picnic. There is a local town close by to get food and drinks and relax. The view from the top is spectacular. It is quite a walk though. Parking is free. This place is historic for sure. This is a place worth traveling to and finding out about its history. The water supplies for New York City. Enjoy your trip there.
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