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Rockefeller Preserve Hike

Rockefeller Preserve

Beginner Terrain • Intermediate (Fast) 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, Dean Florence)

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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  • Tina

    As always, so enjoyable to spend quality time outdoors with quality people.

    January 15, 2014

  • Helen

    So glad to be back. Thank you Dave.

    January 14, 2014

  • Patrick

    Week after week, great, great great

    January 13, 2014

  • Frank G.

    Another fantastic hike!

    January 13, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Great hike as usual.

    January 13, 2014

  • Susan T.

    Thanks Dave. Great hike and company.

    January 13, 2014

  • John

    Great as usual.

    January 13, 2014

  • Ted

    Dave, thanks for putting the heat up. Much more comfortable to walk in. Maybe that's why we had a large group do the "weighwatchers" 1 mile extra credit lake loop.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Ellen

    Excellent, as always! Thanks, Dave -

    January 13, 2014

  • Dave

    Great hike! I always have a better week after hiking with my friends on this hike. Thanks!

    January 13, 2014

  • Sarina

    BEAUTIFUL DAY ENJOY !!! sick :(

    January 13, 2014

    • Dave

      OK, that's an acceptable excuse. Feel better!

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Sarina

    If its above 20 degrees lol :)

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Dave

      Partly cloudy skies. High around 50F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. No excuses!

      January 12, 2014

  • Francesca H.

    I wish I could join you, but 3PM is not a convenient time.

    January 12, 2014

  • Marion

    Can't make it that day, rats! Too bad we had to skip it this week

    January 8, 2014

  • Ted

    Dave said he will bring some heat and it will be at least in the low 40's

    January 7, 2014

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