Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Sleepy Hollow


Directions:  Taconic or Saw Mill River Parkway to 117 west -OR- NY 9 to 117 east to Rockefeller State Park Preserve entrance.  Nominal fee required during main hours.  Many alternate access areas along the shoulder of Sleepy Hollow Rd. north of Bedford Rd in Sleepy Hollow.

Trail Information: Maps and facilities at Park entrance.  One of the finest areas to run in the US.  Trails are wide, even, and meticulously groomed with easy footing, but challenging terrain.  Seemingly endless network of trails which includes Private Property beyond park borders, where courteous runners are welcome.   Within park preserve, trails are well-marked, measured on park maps, and to the delight of some, given cute names.  Trails range from shady climbs, rolling meadows with Hudson views, and Rockefeller cattle farms adjacent to historic Kykuit estate in Pocantico Hills.  Share the trails with serious runners from NYC and Westchester in early mornings or unusually large deer population in the evening.

Miscellaneous: Don't be surprised if the patrician locals on horseback ask you to walk to the side as they approach.  Although carriage rides were the orignal intent of these unbelieveable trails, many of the horsey people are not so local from the looks of all the trailers in the parking lot.

-Water only at park entrance

-Trail connects with Croton Aqueduct Trail

-Trails are about 1.5 miles from Phillips Manor Metro-North station, if you know where you're going.


Tim Sullivan