Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a state park in Sleepy Hollow, New York in the eastern foothills of the Hudson River in Westchester County. Common activities in the park include walking, jogging, running, horse-riding, birdwatching, and fishing. The park has a rich history and was donated to the State of New York over time by the Rockefeller Family beginning in 1983.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area with over 180 species, and is known for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic vistas. The park's 32 miles (51 km) of carriage trails allow visitors to view the various habitats of the 1,552-acre (6.28 km2) park, which include open meadows, dense forest, meandering brooks, wetlands, and the 24-acre (97,000 m2) Swan Lake.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve abuts the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The preserve also abuts extensive private land owned by the Rockefeller family which is open to the public. The trails in the private area, still in use by the Rockefeller family and also open to the public, connect with those in the state park. Many of these trails were planned and laid out by John D. Rockefeller (Sr.) and his descendants. Access to these trails, and additional access to the state park trails, is available from Sleepy Hollow Road and Bedford Road/Route 448 in Sleepy Hollow. A section of the State Park is west of the Preserve, along the Hudson River, and is called the Rockwood Hall section.
The Visitor Center in the Preserve also has a small art gallery that frequently displays paintings and photographic art works of local artists.
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, "a nonprofit farm and educational center designed to demonstrate, teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production", is located within walking distance of the preserve.
The park is open year-round, from sunrise to sunset, and with office hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a fee for parking.
In popular culture
- The park's entrance on New York State Route 117 and the highway itself were used briefly in the 2002 comedy, Super Troopers.
- "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 674. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- R. Chernow, "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller", Vintage Books, New York, 2004.
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