The town of Yorktown is a beautiful community in Northern Westchester County, New York, thirty-five miles from New York City, with forty square miles of rolling hills, farmland, and residential areas for its 36,000 residents. Yorktown includes extensive recreational facilities with over 1400 acres of town and state parks; five miles of the twenty-two mile North County Trailway bike and pedestrian path; one of the county’s largest nature preserves at Teatown Lake Reservation; and two 18-hole public golf courses. Four highly rated school districts serve the town and a cultural and community center offers a 600-seat theatre, senior citizen gathering places, a gymnasium and the Yorktown museum. The J.C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak is one of the town’s special treasures.A countryside community with the Taconic Parkway as the major commuting artery, Yorktown features the scenic Croton Reservoir and gatehouse as well as many other points of interest. It has several historic hamlets for its neighborhoods and five business districts-Yorktown Heights, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Mohegan Lake, and Crompond



Town Facts


Yorktown includes the business hamlets of Yorktown Heights, Shrub Oak, Mohegan Lake, Jefferson Valley, and Crompond.
Local Highways: Taconic Parkway, I684, Rt 6
Distance to NYC: 35 miles
Area: 39 sq miles
Population: 36,318 (2000 census)


The local Metro-North train station, Croton Harmon, is the hub of the Hudson River line and is a fifteeen minute commute from southern Yorktown via the Taconic Parkway. Express trains take forty eight minutes to reach Grand Central Station. The parking lot is the largest in Westchester. Commuters who live outside the village of Croton can apply for a parking permit but there may be a wait list. There is daily parking. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info

Bee Line Bus service operates Route #12 through Yorktown. Call 914-813-7777 or go www.beelinebus.com for schedules

White Plains/ Westchester County Airport is 30 minutes from Yorktown http://whiteplainsairport.com


Public School:

Residents in the town of Yorktown are served by one of four area school districts. 

Yorktown Central School Districthas four elementary schools, a middle school and high school.
Lakeland Central School District has five elementary schools, one middle school and three high schools, including the Lakeland Alternative High School.
Croton Harmon School District has one elementary, one middle school and one high school.
Ossining Union Free School District – students progress through school as a cohesive group. Park School has K-1, Brookside on Pinesbridge Rd has grades 2-3, Claremont School has grades 4-5, Dorner School, grade 6-8 and Ossining High School.
You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for the full school report on these schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist

Private Schools:

The Hackley School PreK-12: (914) 631-0128

The Harvey School 6-12: (914) 232-3161

The Masters School PreK-12: (914) 693-0128

Rippowam/Cisqua PreK-1: (914) 244-1200

Religious Schools:

St Augustine’s School PreK-8: (914) 232-1200

John F Kennedy High School 9-12: (914) 941.3849


  • Visit the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak. It has served the public for over 80 years as, not only a place to find good material to read, but also a community-gathering place for programs of interest to children and adults.
  • Discover an 18th century home and an early Mohegan Indian settlement. Discover the Old Put Railroad and see how local farms operated. Find unique gifts, enjoy fascinating and detailed miniatures, and conduct research – all at the Yorktown Museum located at the Yorktown Community Center (YCC) in Yorktown Heights.
  • See a play performed by the Yorktown Stage at a 600-seat theater located at the YCC. Past productions are Gypsy, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz and The Nutcracker.
  • Hike at Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve with 15 miles of hiking trails, a 33-acre lake.
  • Turkey Mountain offers summit views at 831 feet to the Croton Reservoir and dam; the Hudson River; the New York City skyline to the south; Bear Mountain, across the Hudson; the Hudson Highlands; and on a clear day, the ridge of the Shawangunks
  • Walk, bike, rollerblade, or run the North County Trailway, a 22.1 mile paved path located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad. The Trailway runs from Eastview in the Town of Mount Pleasant north to Baldwin Place in the Town of Somers.on the Putnam County border. Anther 14.1 miles, south from Eastview to the Bronx border is being developed in sections as the South County Trailway.
  • Mohansic Golf Course, county-owned facility, is open for golfers from mid April until mid December. For the remainder of the late fall, winter and early spring, it is available for walking and cross-country skiing.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park’s spacious picnic areas accommodate hundreds of people who visit the park daily. Swimming is provided in a mammoth pool that will accommodate several thousand people at one time. Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond provide excellent fishing and boating


  • Turco’s and Food Emporium are located in Yorktown Heights. Cortlandt Town Center on Rte 6 has a giant sized A&P.
  • Karl Ehmers in Yorktown Heights, a German specialty food store, has the best hams in Westchester.
  • Meadow Farms, open April-November, is a farmer’s market in Yorktown Heights
  • For dining, Hanover’s in Yorktown Heights has a varied menu with great burgers and Caesar salads, historic Peter Pratt’s Inn, in Croton Heights section of Yorktown offers fine dining in a cozy, informal setting, Hanada Sushi is located next to K-Mart in Yorktown Heights, Traveler’s Rest on Rte 100 in Yorktown Heights features a German menu.
  • The Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets is located about 30 minutes away in Central Valley, New York. Covering an extensive area, it includes 220 designer and brand name outlet shops.

Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.