Visitors will delight in the ever growing haven of open space in Westchester County known as Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Approximately 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a must visit area for birders. In season, licensed anglers enjoy fishing for bass in the 22 acre Swan Lake and for brown trout in the Pocantico River. In addition the beauty of the Preserve inspires many artists and photographers to memorialize its scenic vistas. While in the park, stop in the Preserve's Gallery across from the Visitor Center. Its rotating exhibits feature the art of local artists. Within walking distance are the Preserve's nearest neighbors - The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit farm and educational center designed to demonstrate, teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production and Blue Hill restaurant. These numerous outdoor opportunities exist due to the foresight and generosity of the Rockefeller family. The Preserve land is comprised of a portion of the Rockefeller family estate in Pocantico Hills given to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 1983. Since the Preserve's inception, additional bequeaths have extended its size to over 1,400 acres. The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, the carriage roads, many of which are accessible, allow visitors to experience and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges. One road passes by the foundation of Rockwood Hall, once the 220 room home of William Rockefeller. Its Olmstead designed landscape with its panoramic view of the Hudson River remains a spot of beauty for all who visit. Trail maps (with distance and grade descriptions) of all the carriage roads and equestrian permits are available at the Preserve Office. Swimming, biking, snowmobiling, camping, and open fires are strictly prohibited. From NYC by train: Metro North Hudson Line to the Tarrytown Station. From there you can take a short taxi ride from train station to the Preserve Office on Rt. 117 in Pleasantville. At the Preserve Office you can obtain a map and other important area information. 2010 Bow Hunt Infortmation: As part of an on-going study, Rockefeller State Park Preserve will once again be conducting a limited controlled bow hunt. Hunter selection will be by lottery and a qualification test. Lottery applications and the conditions of the hunt may be obtained online, in person at the Preserve office or via e-mail as a reply only. Address e-mail requests to email@example.com. Completed lottery applications must be received by close of business on September 16th, 2010. Applicants must be in possession of a valid 2010 2011 NYS Bow Hunting License. Licenses on sale from August 16th , 2010. Questions can be directed to the Preserve office.
Really nice trail! Great for beginners or light walkers. Definitely nice for families with young kids. The trails are mostly gravel roads which makes it easy to follow and great for running. Quite a bit of horse poop but we didn't mind since the trail didn't smell like a barn. Speaking of barns, we took a detour to stone barns center and saw some cute ducks and chickens. The kids there were loving it.
Went at 9:30 and the trails were super quiet. Started to get packed an hour and a half later when we were leaving. Would return for a run!
There was not much to look at or do on the trail. Barely a trail, just a walk around a swampy "lake." Park has not been maintained evidence due to horse poop all along the trail and trees not nicely preserved. Saw a horse! That was about it.
Beautiful trails and you can spend hours hiking but very easy and a little boring. We prefer a more challenging hike.
As another reviewer stated, there is A LOT of horse poop on the trails which is somewhat annoying when you have kids and dogs with you.