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Beyond the Hustle and Bustle: Unwinding at Rockefeller State Park

Rockerfeller State Park

Take a break from wandering the quaint streets of Sleepy Hollow and enjoy the fresh air by visiting the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. This beautiful preserve is the perfect place to see nature in its untouched state while also getting some exercise. Its location is convenient, just over five miles, and less than a 15-minute drive from the Sleepy Hollow Hotel. 

Park Origin 

The Rockefeller family donated 1,700 acres of their former Pocantico Hills and Rockwood Hall country estates to preserve the state's natural beauty. The Visitor Center boasts gardens and an art gallery. The Swan Lake, farm fields, and forests are located in the heart of the preserve. The Brothers' Path, which encircles the lake, is its most notable feature. 

The Pocantico River, Eagle Hill, and Three Bridges are on the preserve's west side, where the carriage roads lead. Deep forests, open fields, and babbling streams are found here. The preserve's Rockwood Hall and Hudson River areas were once the site of a gentleman's estate from 1886-1922. The landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also helped design Central Park in New York City. The mansion that once stood here is long gone, but you can see remnants of rock walls and other remains. It is a perfect place for butterfly watching in the spring and summer or bald eagle sighting in the winter. 

Things to Do 

There is plenty to do in the preserve throughout the year. With 45 miles of scenic crushed-stone trails, you can spend hours exploring the park. Take a quiet walk as you go birdwatching or simply enjoy the park's peacefulness. You can also enjoy horseback riding and fishing. During winter, you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or sledding. 

Peony Celebration

Each May, the preserve comes to life with fresh spring blooms. To celebrate this, the local garden clubs come together to raise money for the preserve. This community-based event offers cocktails and a buffet in the Visitor Countryard of the preserve. There is also a fine art exhibit and flower show by the local garden clubs. 

Rocky's Ride & Raffle

Enjoy a day out on the carriage trails with other equestrians. Rocky's Ride & Raffles serves as a fundraiser for the park. Riders and carriage drivers are encouraged to come out and enjoy the preserve. 

Hulda's Night

Enjoy a spooky night in the woods as you walk the carriage trails illuminated by lanterns. You will join others as you learn about local legends and immerse yourself in a night of spooky fun. Hear the story of Hulda as you sit where it's believed that her hut once stood 250 years ago. This event takes place on select weekends in October. The event is popular and tends to sell out, so buy your tickets in advance. 

Rocky's 5K

The park is the perfect backdrop for the annual Rocky's 5k. This event takes place in the fall, giving participants and spectators an up-close view of the color-changing foliage and welcomes everyone, with awards given for different age groups. There are also event merchandise and refreshments available. Runners make their way down the carriage roads past valleys and climbing hills. The 5k is beginner and experienced runner-friendly. The route is also near the parking lot, making it spectator-friendly. 

How to Visit

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. However, the best time of year to visit the park is during the late spring, summer, and early fall. This is when the weather is at its best, and events occur in the park. You will find parking available for $6 at the main entrance. 


Book your stay at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel and be just a few minutes from the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.