The famous Rockefeller State Park Preserve sits in the eastern foothills of the Hudson River in Westchester County. It was donated to the state of New York by the notably wealthy Rockefeller family in the 1980’s so that it could be preserved for future generations to enjoy. The park itself has a rich history! Within the 1425 acres, sits over 30 miles of crushed stone carriage roads laid out by John Rockefeller Jr. and Sr. in the beginning of the 20th century.
While this park has many features, you and your canine companion will likely get the most enjoyment from the many trails. There are ruffly 40 trails in this park, ranging from 0.2 miles to 12 miles. A popular option is the 1.9 mile 13 Bridges Loop Trail. As the name implies, it leads to 13 bridges over the meandering Gory Brook.
The carriage roads are wide and easy on the paws. They are enjoyed by joggers, hikers, horseback riders, carriage drivers, and dog walkers of course. Here you can enjoy quiet, countryside walks through forested hills and valleys, only 30 miles north of New York City! The trails are open all year round, so your doggo can romp through the snow alongside you as you snowshoe or cross-country ski.
On your travels, you’ll enjoy a variety of gardens, including a fern garden and tree peony garden. You’re sure to see plenty of flora and fauna, because the area is teeming with wildlife and is home to over 200 species of birds. Don’t forget to check out Swan Lake, a gorgeous 22 acre lake that offers fishing. There is also an art gallery, museum, and other historical buildings.
Doggos are welcome throughout the whole park, except for inside the buildings. They need to stay on a leash no more than 10 feet long, and be picked up after. Bringing clean up bags is essential, and water to share is helpful!
You and your pup will feel rich after exploring the Rockefeller State Park Trails!