Weekly Rockefeller Hike - Post hike dining at 7:20 @ River Grill Roof Patio

Rockefeller Preserve

Beginner Terrain • Intermediate (Fast) Pace


5:00pm   (No Parking fee after 4:30 pm



"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.  You may also call me:


Diner: I need to know if you are going out to eat at the start of the hike. We have to call in a reservation before the hike.

Terrain: Easy to moderate carriage trails on rolling hills.

Distance/Time Options:  After, 1  1/4 hrs group often splits into 2 groups (Weather often plays a big part on how the group splits up.

1  1/2hr/4+ mile earlier out group


2 hr/5-6 mile longer option group.

Both groups eat together.

Pace: 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. If the pace is faster than you choose to undertake, tell the hike leader and he/she will direct you on how to get back to the parking lot.

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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GPS Address: 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY  10570

Cancellation notices: I will cancel by 3:00pm 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.



(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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  • sally

    Thanks Ted for an enjoyable hike . I very much enjoyed it and you have a very nice group .

    July 23

  • Maria

    Thank you Ted for keeping us under the shade, making it an enjoyable hike! The raspberries were amazing. Although the dinner service could have been better, the company was great!

    July 23

  • Debbie G

    Really enjoyed the hike and workout. Love the commentary along the way! Thanks Ted!

    July 23

  • John M.

    Another great hike and get together thanks Ted.

    July 23

  • Andy P.

    Thank you Ted for a safe and joyful hike!

    July 23

  • Annmarie

    Always a great commentary as well as the hike-thanks, Ted!

    July 23

  • Ted

    For a humid day, we had a good turnout. Din din was a disaster, in that the service took about the same amount time as it took us to hike 6 miles. On the up side, we go there knowing the service is a crap shoot, but more importantly for the opportunity to dine outdoors and watch the sunset over the Hudson. A first, we lost 2 hikers to the call of the ripe raspberries. We used a cell phone to reel them in. Average number of raspberries consumed per hiker was 36. If you deleted Julia's total from the calculation, the average dropped to 9. Average speed for most of the hike was 3.2 mph. Distance, for short group about 5 miles, for large group - 6.25 miles. Thanks for Bob's help reeling Julia in, Jim for the photo's, Frank's comment about my efforts to keep you in the shade and for all the positive comments that numerous people made during and after the hike.

    2 · July 22

  • Jim S.

    Great evening hike.

    July 22

  • Joanne

    Thanks Ted for a great hike tonight. First one with your group and it was nice meeting everyone. The after hike dinner topped it off!!

    July 22

  • Marion

    Great hike and delicious berries! Thanks as always, Ted

    July 22

  • Sheila

    Aniother great hike tonight. Thank you

    July 22

  • Frank G.

    Another great hike; thanks Ted for keeping us in the shade.

    July 22

  • Ted

    If today's heat and humidity is high, I will route us to hike in the shade. Should be a good sunset night for the roof patio at the River Grill.

    July 22

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