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Beginner Hike - Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve

Beginner Terrain • Intermediate Pace


"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 4:00pm 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

    The weather truly held up. So much fun to see the baby animals. As
    always thank you Dave.

    April 30, 2013

  • Craig

    Always great way to start the week with good people. Even the weather respected the good time for us :-)

    April 29, 2013

  • Ted

    Reminds me of the post office; neither rain, snow or sleet will prevent Dave from delivering a good Rockefeller experience.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Dave

    We skirted the weather and enjoyed a nice cool evening hike. Great company, great conversation, great pigs and really cool lambs!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Christine P

    Still raining. :(

    April 29, 2013

  • Laura E.

    Too rainy; sorry

    April 29, 2013

  • Carol

    see you next week. Enjoy

    April 29, 2013

  • Sarina

    See ya next week,Have fun :)

    April 29, 2013

  • Christine P

    If I get out early, and it's not raining. ..

    April 29, 2013

  • Judy D.

    job, need to delete the hiking,,,,,,,,,,,,next week.

    April 28, 2013

  • Helen

    I'm well aware of ticks. I have friends and family that have been affected by them. One of the many reasons I love the Preserve is that you're not closed in on narrow paths in the woods. Hope you are well and hope to see you next Monday.

    April 24, 2013

  • Dave

    Did a little scout hike with my sister today checking out some new routes. Saw great blue herons, a peregrine falcon, blue birds, deer and lots of evidence of spring. In spite of the cool weather!

    1 · April 23, 2013

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