At the end of Rt 117, Sleepy Hollow, NY
,Join me for a Spring Walk. We will walk about 2 or 3 miles , easy terrain and easy pace. This will be a leisure walk, not a race through the woods. If we would like to do more we can add on a one mile or 2 mile loop, it will be up to the group. You can stop after the 2 mile loop if you like. This group will try to walk at Rockwood Hall and other locations at least once a week.
After the walk, we will go for coffee to Starbucks or Jean Jacque in Pleasdantville if the group is interested.
If you respond yes to a meetup, please update your response if you can't make it. I will send my cell phone number to those that are coming the night before. I would like to start the promptly at 10:00 am. We will wait but only for 5 minutes if you call to tell me.
Rockwood Hall is the site of the former summer home of William Rockefeller [masked]), brother of John D. Rockefeller. In 1886, he purchased Rockwood, a 200-acre estate, and built Rockwood Hall, a mansion with 204 rooms. Frederick Law Olmsted designed the landscape, which includes many ornamental trees. Following Rockefeller's death in 1922, the estate was converted into a country club, which soon went bankrupt. In 1937, the property was acquired by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William's nephew, who arranged for the mansion to be razed in 1941-42.
The Rockefeller family donated Rockwood Hall to New York State in 1999, and it now forms a part of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Although the buildings are gone, the foundations remain, and the carriage roads that were constructed by the Rockefeller family offer an opportunity for a delightful stroll through the property, with panoramic views over the Hudson River. Bicycles are not allowed, and while equestrians are permitted (with a permit), a recent visit indicates that the carriage roads are rarely used by horses. Although not blazed, the roads followed by this hike are easily followed.
Rain cancels, will email by 8 am if walk is to be canceled. Bring water and snacks if you like. The walk will take about 1 hour for the 2 mile loop.
From Tappan Zee Bridge and from southern Westchester/Tarrytown
Take the New York State Thruway over the Tappan Zee Bridge, and get off at the first exit, Exit 9. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto US 9 (South Broadway), and continue north on US 9 through the Village of Tarrytown. After 1.7 miles, you'll come to a complex intersection where you should bear left to continue on US 9. In another 1.8 miles (3.5 miles from the Thruway exit), immediately after crossing under NY 117, turn right at a sign for "Rockwood Road," and follow the ramp onto NY 117. After reaching a stop sign, continue ahead through an intersection, following the sign to "Kendal on Hudson," pass an exit from a parking area on the left, then turn left at the entrance to the parking area.
From Taconic and northern Westchester
Take the Taconic and exit Rt 117, follow Rt 117 westbound towards the end, bear left towards Rockwood and Kendall on Hudson. After reaching a stop sign, continue ahead through an intersection, following the sign to "Kendal on Hudson," pass an exit from a parking area on the left, then turn left at the entrance to the parking area
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