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
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 by 488 acres to today’s
total of 1,233 acres.
The most notable feature of the Preserve
is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Sr. and
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, the
carriage roads, many of which are handicapped 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. They traverse wood and stone bridges,
including the first triple arch bridge in America. 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. Hunting,
swimming, biking, snowmobiling, camping, and open fires are strictly
For more information:
- Located in Westchester County on County Route 117 in Tarrytown.
- Taconic Parkway north:
Exit County Route 117 Pleasantville. At end of ramp, turn left. Proceed
through 3 lights. Preserve entrance will be on the left.
- Taconic Parkway south:
Exit NYS Route 100/Route 133 – Millwood/Mt. Kisco west. Turn left at
end of ramp/traffic light onto NYS Route 100. Proceed south until NYS
Route 100 joins with NYS Route 9A. Follow signs to merge onto NYS Route
9A south. Once on Route NYS 9A south, take 2nd exit – County Route
117/Pleasantville/N. Tarrytown. This is a left side exit. At end of
exit ramp, turn right onto County Route 117 west. Preserve entrance is
approximately 2 miles on the left.
- NYS Route 9: Proceed to County Route 117 east. Preserve entrance is one mile east on County Route 117 on the right side.
- Please note that separate trailer parking for equestrian use of Preserve is available.