Rockwood Hall Short Loop
ElevationAscent: 139' 42 m
Descent: -139' -42 m
High: 146' 44 m
Low: 30' 9 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“See the foundation of Rockefeller's old mansion and lovely views of the Hudson on a short loop trail.”— Karl W
From the parking area, cross the road on the well-marked pedestrian crosswalk. The paved pathway begins by heading west toward the Hudson River for a short distance before splitting into the Upper and Lower Trails. Take the Upper Trail north to the Foundation (skipping the Foundation Loop Trail). You can explore the massive foundation for a while and imagine how crazy a 220 room house would have been. Take in some nice views of the Hudson River as well.
Then continue north to another fork between the Upper Trail and the Middle Trail. Take the Middle Trail down the hill to where it joins the Lower Trail. These trails are all quite literal in their naming. Head south on the Lower Trail which follows the property boundary and some railroad tracks. The trail will have a few look outs with benches so take your time and enjoy the peaceful scenery (unless a train is passing...). The trail then winds back up the hill to rejoin the Upper Trail.
Keep an eye out for the herd of sheep that inhabit the preserve - they are a cheap and eco-friendly lawn care service.