Tucked in the northeast corner of Westchester County, the Town of North Salem is home to 5,000 residents who enjoy 24 square miles of rural charm, community spirit, horses, open spaces, and convenient access to New York City. Historically, Route 161, which winds its way through the community, provided Benedict Arnold and George Washington with escape routes during the Revolutionary War.
While only forty six miles from New York City, North Salem is known for its pastoral setting with its horse farms, fields and meandering stone walls. The town includes several hamlets; Croton Falls is in the northwest with its own Metro-North Station; Grants Corner n the southeast; North Salem in the west; Salem Center at the east end of Titicus Reservoir; and Purdys, south of Croton Falls with its ownMetro-North Station.
The school system educates about 1,000 students yearly who enjoy playing sports on fields in two local parks. The town runs a popular summer day camp that attracts 500 children at Mountain Lakes Park.
North Salem has an excellent smaller theat, many fine restaurants, a very active Historical Society, and a vibrant Library that serves as a community center and sponsors programs from STEAMfest for kids, to mahjong, art classes, book clubs, author talks and family events.
This sylvan setting offers a low-key style of living to its inhabitants; a mix of commuters, tradespeople, small business owners, professionals, artists, equestrians and celebrities.
Made up of the Hamlets of Croton Falls, Grants Corner, North Salem, Salem Center, Purdys
Incorporated in 1731
Population: 5,182 (2016)
Area: 22.84 sq miles
Croton Falls (13 minute drive to station, 93 minute commute by train to GCT)
Purdys (11 minute drive to station, 90 minute commute by train to GCT)
Goldens Bridge (13 minute drive to station, 90 minute commute by train to GCT)
While parking options differ from station to station, all offer both permit and first come, first serve daily metered spaces.
Mahopac-Croton Falls Shuttle for service between Mahopac and Grand Central Station. In conjunction with MTA, offers the Guaranteed Ride Home Program with valid UniTicket.
PART Mahopac-Croton Falls Commuter Shuttle (former Bee Line Route 33) operates Monday-Friday to/from Grand Central Station.
Al’s Car Service 914.277.4499
Frank’s Taxi 914.666.6002
Westchester County Airport is a 30 minute drive.
North Salem Central School District is a small, highly-performing school district serving students from Westchester and Putnam Counties in the Towns of North Salem, Southeast, Somers, and Carmel.
North Salem has two town parks – Joe Bohrdrum and Volunteers Park:
Joe Bohrdrum has 2 tennis courts, a regulation size soccer field, 2 baseball fields, a children’s playground, basketball court and a picnic area.
Volunteers Park has a regulation soccer field and baseball field, a children’s playground and a basketball court.
Visit The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden for a chance to experience the peace of nature and the wisdom of Eastern culture with a beautifully-preserved 3.5-acre Japanese stroll garden. Come take a walk in the gardens, or see the art on show in the museum’s galleries.
Titicus Reservoir is a popular spot for fishing and ice fishing, with a good mix of both warm and cold water fish species.
The North Salem Open Land Foundation (NSOLF) is committed to preserving the natural beauty of North Salem and protecting the open space to provide refuge for wildlife. The 1316 acres will remain preserved and undeveloped forever and most of this land is available to the public for walking, riding, cross-country skiing and other forms of passive recreation.
North Salem is known as an equestrian paradise; large open spaces, dirt roads and numerous covered riding rings along with miles of riding trails. The North Salem Bridle Trails Association (NSBTA) maintains and develops the historic system of trails which extends and connects more than one hundred miles of trails in the towns of North Salem and Ridgefield, CT.
The 1,082-acre Mountain Lakes Park is Westchester’s northernmost county park. It is characterized by a rugged landscape and native hardwood forest with miles of trails. The park boasts five lakes and a spectacular overlook, which makes for breathtaking hiking destinations. During July and August, the park is home to Camp Morty, a traditional camp experience for underprivileged children residing in Westchester County.
Peach Lake in North Salem is the only lake in Westchester that allows motorized water sports such as waterskiing and jet skiing.
The reservoirs and streams of the Croton reservoir system host some of the best fishing in the Hudson Valley region.
Visit the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library that has programs for all ages within its 5,700 square feet of space.
The Market at Union Hall is a North Salem hub for local coffee, fresh-baked pastries, healthy, soups, salads, sandwiches & groceries; DeCicco & Sons in Somers; Green Way Market in Cross River; ACME Market in Goldens Bridge; prepared meals at Who’s Cooking in Croton Falls, DeCicco Family Market in Katonah, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s in nearby Danbury; and Ridgefield Organics & Specialty Market in Ridgefield, CT.
Dining suggestions include The Horse And Hound Inn, offering an eclectic menu with diverse flavors; The Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish is fresh and healthy farm to table cuisine; Bacio is an intimate trattoria dishing up simple Italian recipes in a family-friendly space with outdoor tables; The Whitlock is a modern bistro for farm-to-table comforts & cocktails in contemporary, art-strewn digs; One Twenty One is an eatery with a fireplace, porch dining & a buzzy bar scene serving upscale New American fare; IL FORNO Italian Kitchen & Bar is a warm, relaxed eatery in a restored colonial-style building with brick-oven pizza & Italian classics; and The Blazer Pub in Purdys in considered by many the best hamburger place in upper Westchester.
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