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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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  • Elsie

    sorry last i checked I was on the waiting list.
    So I didn't go.

    May 7, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Perfect weather for a great hike with a great group of hikers.

    May 7, 2013

  • Joy

    Great hike. Great people. Great fun!

    May 7, 2013

  • Diane B.

    grat afternoon!

    May 7, 2013

  • Ted

    Always good - would had been better if Sarina and Dave were talking to each other. Dean confuses me hat, no hat - shorts no shorts But then again I get confused easilly.

    3 · May 6, 2013

  • PL

    Great hike. Good pace. I felt like I got some exercise.

    May 6, 2013

  • Mike

    Great hike. Perfect weather.
    Great group of people.

    May 6, 2013

  • Ellen

    Perfect hike - Thanks, Dave!

    May 6, 2013

  • Dave

    Mother Nature provided a delightful evening for a fun hike with friends. Thanks everyone!

    2 · May 6, 2013

  • Patrick

    Another great hike with outstanding people!

    May 6, 2013

  • Sheila

    great hike. Thanks Dave.

    May 6, 2013

  • Dave

    Great hike with a great group of people. I got to talk to everyone on the hike. Except Sarina, who I was ignoring.

    May 6, 2013

    • Sarina

      lol ,thank you for a great hike !

      May 6, 2013

  • Sarina

    Great hike as always,great people ,nice to see you all :) Thank you Dave ,was great except you ignored me the whole time lol

    May 6, 2013

  • Bolatito A.

    I don't think I'm ready for the pace of the hike,having never hiked before. I was trying to start slow then buildup. I'll be going for another hike on Wednesday then maybe I can join the next intermediate hike. Thanks.

    May 6, 2013

  • Sandra N.

    Hi everybody!
    I'm so excited to hike w u today! Can i share a ride (and gas) w one of you from NYC? Thx!

    May 6, 2013

  • Ra-Ra

    Possible bail. Would rather free up a spot for someone else. Still might show up if schedule permits

    May 5, 2013

  • Craig

    See you next week

    May 4, 2013

  • Diane P

    Please text me with any post hike rendezvous plans...

    May 4, 2013

  • Don

    I already miss these Monday hikes! I feel like the sick kid watching through the window as his friends play outside.

    4 · May 2, 2013

    • Dave

      You are missed!

      May 2, 2013

    • Patrick

      I felt the same when I couldn't make the earlier hikes. You are missed Don but glad you are back working. Good Luck with the new job!

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Jamie

    Dave: are you putting anything together for this Sunday?

    May 2, 2013

  • Sheila

    Looking forward to seeing everyone

    April 29, 2013

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