Rockwood Hall State Park:
Pleasantville, NY 23 Oct
We left the house planning to visit Rockefeller State Park Preserve. When we arrived at the entrance of the park we were told that it was closed for most the day due to a movie filming being done at the park. I didn’t feel like turning around and going home so I asked a nice cop for another park nearby. She directed me to Rockwood Hall State Park which is technically a part of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.
Rockwood Hall is actually the site William Rockefeller brother of John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller family donated Rockwood Hall to New York State in 1999, and it is now a part of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Although the buildings are gone, the foundations remain and can be seen on the upper trail.
There is a map posted at the entrance of the park. There are two main trails. One leading up to a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. While the Lower Trail runs alongside the Hudson River above the Metro –North Hudson Train line.
There are benches scattered throughout the lower trail and some on the hills above. The views are beautiful both on the upper trail and on the lower one. It is definitely a relaxing place to visit.
Parking lot is right below the Phelps Memorial Hospital Center diagonally across the entrance to the park.