The Rockefeller State Park Preserve:
 Pleasantville, NY

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well taken care of and maintained The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is. After entering the 1,400 acre preserve we passed a few picnic tables in a wooded serene area. We continued on to the parking lot and then once we parked, paid the parking fee, we then headed to Swan Lake. We passed some volunteers tending to the flowers and trees near the visitor’s center.
Swan Lake is a beautiful 22 acre lake with a wide path surrounding it. It is wheelchair/stroller accessible. When we walked around the lake we enjoyed the many turtles that were sunning in the lake. We also spotted frogs, a beaver and the ubiquitous Canadian geese. The lake doesn’t take especially long to circle but there are benches placed strategically around the lake to help visitors enjoy the beauty of nature. We only circled the lake during our visit but I would want to return to check out the popular 13 Bridges Loop Trail, a 1.9 miles leading to 13 bridges on the wandering Gory Brook.


Posted: July 11, ’21

Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.

125 Phelps Way
Pleasantville, NY 10570


Phone Number:


Parking: $6.00 per vehicle
April – October, daily
November – March, weekends & holidays


Approximate Distance from:   
Brooklyn Bridge: 50 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Monsey: 30 minutes