Jan 13, 2021 10:32 PM

Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Photo by S.A. Cem from Flickr
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Swan Lake Rockefeller State Park

Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Photo by S.A. Cem from Flickr

The park's 55 miles of carriage roads offer views of various habitats, including open meadows, dense forest, wetlands, the Pocantico River with its wood and stone bridges, gurgling streams, colonial stone walls, and rock outcroppings, as well as the 24-acre Swan Lake.

You can fish in the Pocantico River and Swan Lake in season. A current NYS Fishing License and orange Rockefeller State Park Preserve permit tag are required and must be displayed; obtain the RSPP permit tags at the visitor center and you’re good to go. Trout season begins April 1st on the Pocantico River, while bass fishing begins the 3rd Saturday in June on Swan Lake.

Rockefeller State Park Trails

Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Photo by simplethrill from Flickr

Make sure to experience Rockefeller State Park Preserve hiking and enjoy the wonder of nature that surrounds the park. Aside from the beautiful scenery, the Preserve trails are considered ideal by runners for their sure footing and gentle grades.

We have some recommended trails you can try during your visit:

  • Swan Lake Loop is a 2.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hawthorne that boasts the pristine Swan Lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Rockwood Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked trail located at the west end of the Rockefeller Preserve. Scenic highlights include grand views of the Hudson River, Palisades Cliffs, gorgeous sunsets, the "Great White" tree, and a babbling brook with quaint wooden foot bridges and blooming rhododendrons in the spring. The trail offers easy parking, access, and year-round usage.  Rockwood Loop is popular for strolls, running, family outings, and nature photography.
  • Rockefeller Park Preserve Loop is a 10.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tarrytown that features the beautiful Swan Lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.


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