Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Route 117, 1 mile east of Route 9, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. This park is comprised of 1,400 acres donated by the Rockefeller family. Seasonal activities include hiking, recreational running, bird watching, fishing (New York state fishing license and Rockefeller Park permit required), picnicking, horseback riding, carriage driving, photography, painting, geocaching (park permit required). In winter, there are sledding hills, snowshoe trails, and cross-country skiing. Household pets are allowed on leash.
Equestrian use and carriage driving is allowed by permit only, contact the preserve office for permit and fee. There’s a $6 parking fee for car parking in the lot at the main entrance. Additional fee for horse trailers. Trail maps are available at the park visitor center and through Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Park map is also available as a printable PDF here. Preserve grounds are open year round, 7 am to sunset. Office is open 9 am to 4:30 pm, closed Christmas day.
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Beautiful fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for Rocky’s 5K. Challenging hills and wide carriage roads – the perfect race for experienced trails runners and first timers. If you are familiar with the Rockies, test your stamina and charge those uphills! First 5K? The well-marked course and friendly volunteers will make it enjoyable from start to finish. Overall and age group awards, t-shirts and refreshments. The race is $35 early registration, $45 day of.
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019. Race begins at 9 am.
Where: Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 1 Rockwood Road, Sleepy Hollow NY 10591
For information and registration: http://www.friendsrock.org, 914-762-0209.
In his “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Washington Irving said that Sleepy Hollow was bewitched by a “high German doctor.” Some believe Irving was referring to “Hulda the witch”, a healer who had emigrated from Bavaria and who lived in what is today the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. If you have ever hiked the Witch’s Spring Trail, then you have walked by what was Hulda’s home.
Was Hulda a witch or a misunderstood healer? We may never know, but we do know that she died a hero fighting the for the American revolution and is certainly an intriguing part of the Preserve’s history.
Come pay homage to Hulda in the Rockefeller Preserve’s first annual “Hulda’s Night.” The evening will begin at the home of the Preserve’s Manager. The first group will depart at 6:00pm (sharp) and will hike over to Witch’s Spring Trail where they will hear the tale of Hulda as well as other Preserve lore. All are invited to warm up by a fire and hot drinks and snacks at the end of the hike.
Tickets will be available October 1, 2019. Limit 4.
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019. There will be two groups. The first group departs at 6:00pm the second departs at 7:00pm
Where: Preserve Manager House, 25 Sleepy Hollow Road, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
For reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/
More info: 914-631-1470 x108, Rockyrangersu@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/RockefellerSPP/