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Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a state park in Mount Pleasant, New York in the eastern foothills of the Hudson River in Westchester County. … See more

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Dec 6, 2022
Went on a frigid January day and even though it was freezing and I definitely wasn’t dressed correctly I’m happy I went. Surprisingly the walking paths were shoveled so it was really nice being able … Full review by sarahnd93
Nov 11, 2022
We took a lovely walk here on a fall afternoon and really enjoyed it. The trails are really very wide pathways and they are well marked, so it was easy to follow the trail. The network of trails in v… Full review by KDAA
Sep 12, 2022
Came here with a birding group. What a great discovery.Thirty miles north of NYC. 1700 acres and 45 miles of carriage roads through woodlands and rock outcroppings. Swan Lake, streams and wetlands. … Full review by Elfma

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Check Out the Carriage Roads!
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 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. Did You Know?The stones that border the trail are called Omstead Teeth. 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 Olmsted designed landscape with its panoramic view of the Hudson River remains a spot of beauty for all who visit. Trail maps of all the carriage roads and equestrian permits are available at the Preserve Office. Swimming, biking, snowmobiling, camping, and open fires are strictly prohibited.
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