Explore the most popular trails in Rockefeller State Park Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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 anthony.prokopowicz@oprhp.state.ny.us. 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.

Relaxing trail on crushed gravel with minimal inclines. Had lunch just off the trail on top of Buttermilk Hill. A deer came within 5 yards of me. Got sprinkled on a little bit, but the weather held off enough to hike Lucy's Loop as well.

This was an easy walk in the woods and it is very popular with runners. If you are up for a long walk that is not to strenuous this is a good one. The trail is wide and even. It is a pretty walk.

I did this with my wife and two sons (15 and 9). My 9 year old complained all the way since he would would prefer to be home playing video games. The trail was well kept to my surprise, nicely done walking paths. The trail signs were a bit confusing at times, especially toward the last 1/3 of the path. My Gardiner Vicodin’s watch measured from the car-trail-car it was 3 miles. It’s weird that you need to park on the side of the road and then go under the road via the tunnel/ bridge to start the path. But overall a great trail for beginners and a pretty decent fitness feel, when completed. I highly recommend this trail. I’ll do it again since it’s only an hour away from NY Long Island.

Pleasant and tranquil Preserve hike, many hikers never notice it!! (see my trail description above)

A pleasant tranquil walk to the Preserve's main lake (see my trail description above).

The most remote part of the Preserve...a "spooky" nook at Ravens Rock (see my trail description above).

hiking
23 days ago

Very nice trail with great views of the Hudson.

A nice, easy, extended hike to an ice age geological wonder!! See my trail description above. Enjoy!!

Very nice walking trail around the lake

hiking
29 days ago

it is a very easy ans relax trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail - great for families with kids. Take middle trail (vs. lower) for longer hike w/streams

A nice easy combination of two trails on the Preserve, see my description above.

Trail to right then right then middle trail around

walking
1 month ago

Nice stroll, a local easy favorite. With the spring foliage and ferns opening up, a nice little retreat from the hustle and bustle of a busy work day.

trains at property by hospital

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bugs
private property
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

An excellent family day stroll, see my trail description above. Stunning views & scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent family and day stroll, see my description above.

Very good easy hike. You can also run on this

Wonderful!

Great easy hike with fabulous views

Nice park close to the city

great trail for casual walks with dog

8 months ago

Beautiful park, great place to walk your dogs.

Love this app!

trail running
10 months ago

Just great

10 months ago

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

trail running
10 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

hiking
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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.

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