Rockefeller Preserve Hike

Rockefeller Preserve

Beginner Terrain • Intermediate (Fast) Pace

3:00pm - $6 Parking This Week!!

"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 4-5 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 2:00pm if the weather looks dicey or if the hiking conditions are not great.

If your plans change, please be sure to change your RSVP to NO on the hike page. Leaving a comment won't free up a spot on the list. Thanks!

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...

(Photo, Jim Steck)

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.


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  • Fiona

    Rockefeller looked beautiful in the sun and snow. thanks for encouraging us to get out in it Dave. Great pictures Jim.

    February 19, 2014

  • Marion

    Good enough to make us sad when all the snow finally melts! OK, almost.

    February 18, 2014

    • Marion

      Ha! Just checking - me neither

      1 · February 18, 2014

    • Helen

      Patrick you did miss a good one.

      February 18, 2014

  • Helen

    Almost like a spring day. Loved it. Thank you once again Dave.

    February 18, 2014

  • Patrick

    Having just viewed the remarkable photos, I'm kicking myself for not joining the hike! Looked like a great hike with the usual great people; glad everyone enjoyed!

    February 18, 2014

  • Dave

    That was a nice hike. We found some plowed trails and followed those. Great hike, great group of people. Thanks!

    February 18, 2014

  • Ted

    The Park was beautiful, the sun was bright and the group in good spirits. Our leader Dave laid out a hike on the trails with the best footing available - good job Dave.

    February 17, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Great winter hike.

    February 17, 2014

  • Isabel

    I'm sorry I can't make it.

    February 17, 2014

  • Sarina

    Sorry to miss this ,my brakes are frozen on car :(

    February 17, 2014

  • David B.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it today. Not feeling well. Will try to make it out when the weather warms up a bit.

    February 17, 2014

  • Ellen

    Sorry to cancel; my car is still stuck on ice. Have fun -

    February 17, 2014

  • Annmarie

    sorry to have to cancel out..enjoy the hike!

    February 16, 2014

  • Dave

    There will be a $6 parking fee this week since it's Presidents Day.

    February 11, 2014

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