DEC closes Croton Gorge Unique Area to the public

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TOWN OF CORTLANDT – The State Department of Environmental Conservation has closed the Croton Gorge Unique Area to the public until further notice.

The 21-acre unique area is located between Quaker Bridge Road and the Croton River on the east side of the river in the Town of Cortlandt.

DEC officials said they recently discovered that the only trail to safely access the Croton River in the Croton Gorge Unique Area partially crosses private property.

The agency said in an effort to protect public safety and natural resources and respect private land boundaries, it is temporarily closing the property until a long-term solution can be implemented.

The unique area allows shore fishing on the Croton River.

Due largely to the undisturbed forest, an abundance of wildlife can be seen ranging from white tail deer and turkey, to much smaller animals, including waterfowl, rabbits and squirrels.