Rockwood Hall

Rockwood Hall, Rockefeller State Park Preserve (3/1/2010)
This is the Hike of the Week from 3/14/2008 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference website.

Rockwood Hall is a western extension of the much more elaborate Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a large park east of Route 9 and further from the Hudson River. The Rockwood Hall parcel of land is on the Hudson, separated from the river by only a Metro North railroad track. We planned on hiking in the larger park today, but when we got to the park entrance on Route 117, it was closed off. Laura got on the phone and called the park service to learn that it was too dangerous to hike due to many fallen trees and branches from last week's blizzard. I often have a Plan B, and today I did. So we got back on Route 117 and headed west a mile or so to the extension, which was open. And it was a delight! We hiked just about every trail in the park, and they were all packed by snowshoes and cross-country skis from the previous days. Temperatures were in the 40s, so it was a perfect, warm, sunny day to be out there.

Total distance hiked today was 2.9 miles in approximately 2 hours.

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Mansion near Kendal on Hudson

Horse get priority

At the kiosk [photo by Laura]

On Foundation Loop

First view of Hudson

Sledding Hill

Laura thought about it ...

... but decided against it


Upper Nyack across the river

Gorgeous willow tree

On the Foundation Loop

Old fire hydrant on the grounds

Remaining fundation

Kendal on Hudson and Tappan Zee bridge

Snow fort

Tappan Zee bridge and lighthouse

Foundations on river side

Laura at top of stairway

Gloves left behind

View of Upper Nyack

Graffiti notice

Gorgeous London Plane tree

Beautiful trunk

View south

Heading north

The foundation winds

View north of foundation

Downy woodpecker

Heading north on Upper trail

View south of Upper trail

Fallen tree

View north to Hook Mountain

Great view [photo by Laura]

Descending to Lower trail

Railroad from Lower trail

At the NW tip of park

Great place for a rest

On Rockwood Hall Brook trail

Fallen trees were in abundance

The brook

Foundation of something

Rhodendrum thicket

Another foundation in the brook

Lots of green!

Concrete opening

Heading east to first bridge


Five bridges cross the brook here

Rockwood Road bridge

Lake near NY Life


Cliffs of Hook Mountain

Heading to Lower trail again

Waves breaking on shore below

Dwarfed by old growth

Coast Guard boat in Hudson

Heading north on Lower trail

Tugboat and barge in Hudson

Trains and boats

Close-up of tug

On Lower trail

More tree damage from storm

Huge fallen tree

Pine cones and estate foundation

Very old growth

Old wall on Lower trail

Bridge and railroad

Bridge and train

Tappan Zee bridge and lighthouse

Climbing back up

Kendal on Hudson


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