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 horse-riding, running, jogging, birdwatching, walking and sport fishing. The park has a rich history and was donated 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 20 miles (32 km) of carriage trails allow visitors to view the various habitats of the 1,233-acre (4.99 km2) park, which include open meadow, dense forest, meandering rivers, 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 of the Kykuit estate still owned by the Rockefeller family which is open to the public. The trails in the private area connect with those in the State Park, but are not shown on the standard park trail map. 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.
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 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 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.
- New York State Parks: Rockefeller State Park Preserve
- Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Inc.
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