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Beginner Hike - Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve -
Beginner Hike


"At Pocantico Hills...where the fine views invite the soul...I have spent many delightful hours, studying the beautiful views, the trees and fine landscape effects of that very interesting section of the Hudson River..." Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Random Reminiscences - 1908  (Photo, Tiffany Black)

Contact: Feel free to post a question to the site or send me an email.  I'll send out a group email with my cell number 24 hours ahead of the hike so you can contact me for cancellations and directions.

Terrain: Easy to moderate, mainly rolling hills.

Distance: Something about an hour and a half. Approximately 4 miles.

Pace: Moderate to brisk. Although this is a beginner hike, and nobody gets left behind, we walk at a very brisk pace! Please assess your ability to keep this pace before signing up.

Meeting location: We will meet at the the MAIN Parking lot for the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

The Parking lot is located on the south side of Route 117 approximately halfway between Route 9A to the East and Route 9 to the West. There are gates and stone walls at the entrance, a large horse-trailer parking lot, a little toll booth, a visitors center and a bathroom building.

Meet on the benches near the restroom.

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Cancellation notices: I will cancel by 3:00pm if the weather looks dicey or if the hiking conditions are not great.

Pets: Friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome. The park requires dogs to be leashed at all times.  It is possible that we will encounter one or more horses with riders or carriages.

Hike Description: The usual...

Liability Waiver: This is a fun and interesting group of people that enjoy hiking and socializing, it is not organized by a professional hiker. 

Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death.
You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.

(Photo, Tiffany Black)



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  • Helen

    Another great hike

    February 26, 2013

  • Meryl S.

    Thanks Dave - you're always our fearless leader, regardless of how much I complain :)

    February 25, 2013

  • Ellen

    Excellent hiike - as always! Thanks, Dave.

    February 25, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Great evening hike.

    February 25, 2013

  • Ted

    another good experience

    February 25, 2013

  • John M.

    Good hike. I enjoyed it.

    February 25, 2013

  • Patrick

    Dave, another great hike and great people; I'm glad to be back!!!!

    February 25, 2013

  • Isabel

    Dave thank you for a great hike, as always you're an awesome host!

    February 25, 2013

  • Joan

    Dave thanks for your guidance. I made it once around the lake. I need to work on hills. It gave me something to compare to. Hope you all had a good rest of the hike.

    February 25, 2013

  • Peter S

    If I can get back from NYC in time.

    February 25, 2013

  • Diane B.

    sorry can't make today. I was trying to join this meet-up group

    February 25, 2013

  • Tara K.

    I am going to try to get there but have an interview in CT at 2:00 and if it runs late I cannot make it.

    February 25, 2013

  • Pat

    Not sure I'm going to make it today,earlier appointment may overlap

    February 25, 2013

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