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Rockland Lake Loop


June 19, 2022 – Valley Cottage, NY

Problem: Simple

Size: Roughly 3.3 miles

Max elevation: 161 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 66 ft.

Route kind: Circuit

Purchase Maps (Paper & Avenza): Hudson Palisades Trails Map #111

Free Internet Map: Rockland Lake State Park Map 2021

Trailhead parking: Rockland Lake Rd, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Charge: $10.00 per automobile Day Use (in season) – Empire Cross Accepted

Ample parking is out there – Restrooms on website

The park is open year-round, from daylight to nightfall.

Please Be aware: Could 1 to September thirtieth, canines not permitted within the Park. October 1 to March 31, canines permitted within the Park however not on bike path or improved walkways.


Rockland Lake State Park is situated within the hamlets of Congers and Valley Cottage within the jap a part of the City of Clarkstown in Rockland County, NY. It consists of 1,133 acres, together with a picturesque 256-acre recent water lake, circled by a 3.2-mile paved multi-use path. The lake is situated on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west financial institution of the Hudson River. The Park consists of a big public swimming pool, golf programs, tennis courts, picnic benches and charcoal grills. Many picturesque areas may be discovered surrounding Rockland Lake that present vital scenic vistas of the lake, flora and surrounding topography.

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake State Park may be very closely used in the course of the summer time season for picnicking, swimming, strolling, bicycling, {golfing} and area actions. On heat summer time weekends and holidays, the park is commonly stuffed to capability. It has two 18-hole golf programs, a Championship Golf Course and an Government Golf Course.

Rockland Lake State Park is a mixture of developed and undeveloped lands, together with the 256-acre lake and a forested wetland. It has been designated a Chook Conservation Space (BCA) and Birding is a well-liked exercise on the park.

Great Blue Heron - Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Heron – Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, Nyack Seashore State Park, and Haverstraw Seashore State Park are collectively almost 2,000 acres of public land. The 4 adjoining state parks are linked collectively by mountaineering and biking trails and performance as one park system.

The park complicated is situated within the Palisades Area that’s collectively administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Fee and NYS Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).


Historical past:

Rockland Lake, due to its clear spring fed water and proximity to the Hudson River, New York Metropolis, and worldwide delivery lanes, grew to become the undisputed chief within the ice harvesting trade, and the Knickerbocker Ice Firm was shaped in 1831.

Ice harvesting - Rockland Lake

Ice harvesting – Rockland Lake

What started as a single warehouse to retailer the ice blocks neatly minimize into 20” x 40” rectangles quickly grew to become three huge buildings able to containing over 100,000 tons of ice. As ice was harvested, it was conveyed to Rockland Touchdown by a kind of “escalator” and loaded onto riverboats. The Knickerbocker Ice Firm at one time employed 4 thousand males. Icehouses measuring greater than 350 ft lengthy, 100 ft large, and 50 ft excessive, every with as much as a 100,000-ton capability, had been located on the northeast nook of the lake.

Icehouse - Rockland Lake

Icehouse – Rockland Lake

With the arrival of electrical energy and refrigeration., synthetic ice changed the pure variety, and residential freezers meant provide might rise and demand fall. The Knickerbocker Ice Firm closed in 1924. In 1926, one of many icehouses caught fireplace throughout demolition, and the hearth unfold and destroyed a lot of the village of Rockland Lake. The muse of the ice firm stays right now, however not a lot else exists to remind us of this once-flourishing trade.

On July 24, 1958, the Palisades Interstate Park Fee (PIPC) acquired the primary property to create Rockland Lake State Park. This consisted of the 256-acre lake and 225 acres of adjoining land. The $735,000 acquisition was generously donated by PIPC Commissioners W. Averell Harriman, George W. Perkins, and Laurence S. Rockefeller. The State of New York (NYS) offered an identical appropriation for this present. By December 31, 1964, with additional Fee presents totaling $223,000, and Park and Recreation Bond Situation allocations of $1,040,925, a complete of 1,035 acres had been bought. Since that point, a further 98 acres has been acquired for a complete of 1,133 acres.


Trails Overview:

The ten-foot large, paved pathway stretches 3.2 miles because it totally circles the lake. Accessible to wheelchairs and shared by bicyclists, hikers, rollerbladers and joggers, the path passes swimming swimming pools, golf programs, ballfields and picnic areas because it follows the lake’s shoreline. Parking areas are spaced across the lake, giving entry to restrooms and alternative to go to the park’s nature heart. The paved loop is open to hike 12 months spherical and provides entry to snowshoeing and cross-country snowboarding trails within the winter.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Brief trails with a mix of wood boardwalks and footbridges, may be discovered on the Nature Heart. Positioned on the northern finish of the lake, between Parking Discipline #6 and Parking Discipline #1, it actually deserves a go to.

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart


Hike Overview:

I’ve visited Rockland Lake State Park many instances all through the years, beginning once I was a child. It’s a gorgeous space that has many issues to get pleasure from on any given day. If you’re searching for solitude, this isn’t the place for you. At anytime in the course of the 12 months, you’ll encounter folks strolling the paved path or engaged in another kind of outside actions. Nonetheless, there is sufficient to do and see that it’s value a go to.

We visited the park on Father’s Day with the temps within the excessive 50’s/low 60’s and considerably windy. The northern finish of the lake (round Parking Discipline #1) was way more populated than the opposite areas.

We parked at Parking Discipline #6, however you’ll be able to park your automobile at any one of many half-dozen parking fields, the place you’ll discover the chance to make use of a restroom, get in some pre-walk stretching on the picnic tables or observe your stroll with a swim (in season), sport of tennis or spherical of golf.

We took a leisurely stroll, clockwise across the lake, stopping on the Nature Heart to discover their trails. There are many geese, geese, swans and wading birds to maintain issues fascinating. The monitor for the Nature Heart Trails isn’t proven beneath because the picture was from a earlier go to when the Nature Heart was closed.

Rockland Lake Loop

Rockland Lake Loop


The Stroll:

From Parking Discipline #6, observe the paved path clockwise alongside the lake. Instantly to the proper, there are open views of the lake.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

As the trail heads round to the northern finish of the lake, it crosses a wood footbridge over the East Department Hackensack River, the lake’s outlet stream. Shortly after crossing the bridge, the trail reaches the Rockland Lake Nature Heart. You could need to take a detour and discover the just lately put in boardwalks and bridges.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

The Rockland Lake Nature Heart, which opened in 1965, offered all kinds of instructional alternatives for patrons. On account of budgetary constraints, park employees eliminated the animal displays and closed the Heart within the early 1990’s.

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

With renewed funding, the park reopened the world in 2005 with new pure and cultural displays concerning the park’s sources. The character heart is supervised by Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park and staffed with Scholar Conservation Affiliation and AmeriCorps interns.

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

In 2016 Rockland Lake State Park acquired $150,000 in state funding to interchange the deteriorated 1,300-foot boardwalk path on the Rockland Lake Nature Heart. The work was accomplished in 2019.

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

It’s a brief, however entertaining stroll alongside the just lately reconstructed trails.

Swamp Forest Trail - Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail - Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

A number of boardwalks, wood footbridges and nature trails journey via a forested wetland situated behind the Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail - Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail - Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail - Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

The lake’s outlet stream flows via the wetland and beneath three park roads earlier than leaving park property.

Swamp Forest Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Swamp Forest Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Swamp Forest Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

The Lakeside Loop Path goes out to a viewing platform overlooking the lake and returns to the beginning.

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Lakeside Loop Trail – Rockland Lake Nature Center

Lakeside Loop Path – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

An previous stone fountain, a reminder of what this space as soon as was. Within the 1870’s, the location of the current day nature heart, was generally known as Sylvan Grove, an 11-acre picnic and amusement park, with services for picnicking, eating, taking part in baseball, fishing, boating, swimming, stables, and amusement rides.

fountain - Rockland Lake Nature Center

fountain – Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Rockland Lake Nature Center

Rockland Lake Nature Heart

Flip proper after leaving the character heart to proceed the clockwise loop round Rockland Lake. On the subsequent intersection, flip proper once more, heading alongside the pool space and in direction of the lake.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

You could be greeted with the sight of a Nice Blue Heron as you stroll by the shoreline. Regardless of their spectacular measurement, Nice Blue Herons weigh solely 5 to six kilos thanks partially to their hole bones—a function all birds share.

Great Blue Heron - Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Heron – Rockland Lake

Due to specifically formed neck vertebrae, Nice Blue Herons can rapidly strike prey at a distance.

Great Blue Heron - Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Heron – Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Herons have specialised feathers on their chest that frequently develop and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their center toes, utilizing the down like a washcloth to take away fish slime and different oils from their feathers as they preen.

Great Blue Heron - Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Heron – Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

The busiest part of the park appears to be the world round Parking Discipline #1, which is close to the pool and the principle services.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Because the paved path wraps across the northern finish of the lake and runs alongside its jap shore, there are extra shaded areas.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

A tree grows across the stone basis of one of many previous ice homes.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

The crumbled stone partitions are the final remnants of the ice homes that used to retailer the ice between harvest and cargo.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Quickly, you’ll be able to see the quarried face of Hook Mountain seem above the tree-line.

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

The paved path passes a number of different parking fields and picnic areas because it makes its method alongside the western shore of the lake.

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

Rockland Lake Multi-Use Path

The stroll ends the place it started, at Parking Discipline #6. For those who resolve to park elsewhere, simply keep in mind which parking area you left your automobile.

Parking Field #6 - Rockland Lake State Park

Parking Discipline #6 – Rockland Lake State Park

Some nice sights earlier than taking off.

Swan - Rockland Lake

Swan – Rockland Lake

Great Blue Heron - Rockland Lake

Nice Blue Heron – Rockland Lake


Evaluation:

An attractive park that’s effectively maintained and has many factors of curiosity. Take into account that Rockland Lake State Park is among the hottest state parks within the Hudson Valley and infrequently fills to capability in the summertime months. You need to select the proper time to go to to keep away from the congestion or being turned away. Value a go to with the household/youngsters, who will benefit from the many issues it has to supply.

Execs:

Rockland Lake, plenty of chook exercise, scenic panorama, many factors of curiosity.

Cons:

Can get crowded in the course of the summer time months.


Take a stroll!

Rockland Lake Loop

Rockland Lake Loop


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