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 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.


Great easy hike with fabulous views

Nice park close to the city

great trail for casual walks with dog

3 months ago

Beautiful park, great place to walk your dogs.

Love this app!

trail running
4 months ago

Just great

4 months ago

Love this route. Great for running because it provides a good challenge

trail running
5 months ago

Great selection of trails! Make sure and take a map of you're adventurous like me

a go-to walk for me. this trail allows add extra loops to make this as long a hike as you'd want

Loved it.
Took my 2-1/2 year old for a walk today on the trails weather was great people were nice and friendly. Tons of trails to choose from I was going to do the lake loop but changed my mind and walked to the 13 bridges instead a nice workout beautiful peaceful nature walk. Would definitely recommend for little legs with lots of energy.

Nice lake in tarrytown to chill out in.

Do buttermilk hill instead

Nice easy loop around a lake but not really strenuous at all. Nice place to walk the dogs or go for a jog. To get your heart pumping try some of the other trails at Rockefeller.

10 months ago

Hiked in March - fairly easy ascent up to Eagle Peak and nice wide trails, but had to dodge a few downed trees here and there. Once you get to the top you can see the Tappan Zee Bridge off in the distance. The real treat at Rockefeller is 13 Bridges trail, which you can reach at the base of Eagle Peak by taking the overpass across to the other side of the highway.

Had fun with the family!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nice view.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Easy trail to stroll through nature. Great trail to see cows, sheep, fox, deer and snake along the way. Dirt road for majority of the walk.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Seriously beautiful any time of day. Don't miss Lucy's Loop!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fantastic! Wonderful for family. Stone covered paths but there are options for more challenging inclines. Great for those of all ages!!! Wonderful views, wildlife, birds, clearly marked trails. Wonderful!!! $6.00 daily parking. Busy on a weekend but not so crowded that it ruined the experience. Felt safe and wonderful day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pretty view.

Perfect walking trails!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Nice paved path

Monday, December 05, 2016

Nice stroll around Swan Lake

Friday, September 30, 2016

Great for trail running, nice and secluded. But there's no bikes allowed in this park at all, so please be aware of that before hand and don't waste a trip. Otherwise the entire Rockafeller preserve is a great place.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Easy walking paths with lots of nature on the way. Love this for a mid-week nature fix!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Nice see plenty of animals

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Liked swan lake trail, there is plenty to do at the preserve
Loved it, it was beautiful

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