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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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  • Carol

    Another great hike with a great group of people. Thank you Dave.

    April 16, 2013

  • Sheila

    Great hike.

    April 16, 2013

  • Helen

    Just perfect!

    April 16, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Great hike complete with cute baby lambs and piglets.

    April 16, 2013

  • Diane B.

    beautiful afternoon and a great bunch of hikers!

    April 16, 2013

  • Sarina

    Another great hike with great people :) Welcome back Dave and thank you !

    April 16, 2013

  • Patrick

    Another great hike with a great group of people!

    April 16, 2013

  • Elsie

    Glad you are back Dave.

    April 15, 2013

  • Meryl S.

    I love this hike and the great group of people that I get to spend 2 wonderful hours with!

    April 15, 2013

  • Dave

    As usual, a great hike with a lively and spirited group of people. A great way to start the week!

    April 15, 2013

    • Judy D.

      awesome time, workout and good chats with hiking friends,,,,,,,,,could not ask for anything better,,,,

      April 15, 2013

  • Ted

    A great night, good people and cute piglets.

    April 15, 2013

  • Craig

    See you next Monday. Outlook for today getting tougher and tougher.

    April 15, 2013

  • Janet

    sorry to say I cannot attend :(

    April 14, 2013

  • Ryan S.

    working :(

    April 13, 2013

  • Ra-Ra

    possible plus2

    April 9, 2013

  • Ilse

    ...or is anyone driving that has room for 1? ..I am in the NW Bronx, could meet anywhere that is convenient. Thanks!!

    April 9, 2013

  • Ilse

    Does anyone know if there is a Metro North stop nearby? thanks! (coming from the NW Bronx/Riverdale area -on foot)

    April 8, 2013

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