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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  • Jim S.

    It was another great evening hike with friends.

    May 21, 2013

  • Steven Z

    A pleasure. Nice people to walk and spend time with, even for someone as anti-social as me.

    May 20, 2013

  • Sarina

    Always great ! thank you Dave and it was nice to see everyone :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Dave

    A really nice hike a bunch of really nice people. Thanks, everyone, for coming out this afternoon!

    May 20, 2013

  • Ellen

    Excellent Hike - Thanks, Dave!

    May 20, 2013

  • Ted

    aways Stella

    May 20, 2013

  • John M.

    Great weather and a nice hike.

    May 20, 2013

  • Patrick

    Enjoy the hike; I will be there in spirit! (Look for my spirit in the front somewhere!) Was going to try and make it but time was very tight; have an important board meeting at my building tonight I really have to make.

    May 20, 2013

  • Avi W.

    Not sure Ill be able to make it, so opening my spot in case its needed.

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all. Have a great hike.

    May 20, 2013

  • Diane P

    5pm :(
    I'm going to start a petition.

    May 19, 2013

  • Casey

    would love to participate but 5pm is to early--later would be better. coming from work

    May 17, 2013

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