BEDFORD — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has reopened the path atop the Cross River Dam for walking, running, and bicycling for the first time since 1996. The dirt path, located between Reservoir Road and Mount Holly Road in the Town of Bedford, is roughly one-quarter mile long, and connects other dirt roads comprising 8 to 10 miles of trails that are often used by local residents and visitors for outdoor recreation.
The reopening marks the first time the path will be open since 1996, when it was closed for a rehabilitation project that installed a new fountain, enhanced the spillway, and rehabilitated the reservoir gatehouse. That project was just being completed when the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, happened, forcing the closure of such sites for security reasons. In recent years, several similar sites have been reopened for recreation, including the roadway above Kensico Reservoir.
Signs at each end of the pathway will explain certain guidelines for its use. For example: the path will be open from dawn to dusk, leashed dogs are allowed, but owners are required to clean up after their dogs, horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited, and people using the trail are not permitted to climb or sit on the edges of the dam. Winter maintenance will also be limited.