Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

April 11, 2016
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage you to put on your walking shoes and enjoy the "great outdoors!" Join experienced Rockland County Trail Guides for a free fitness walk on Sunday, April 17 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Hook Mountain State Park.

Join Nice McLean on this difficult 8-mile round-trip fitness walk with some steep uphill walking. The walk will begin from the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park. Walkers will hike all the way up the mountain then proceed down to Nyack Beach and return to the Firehouse along the flat river trail. The docent will lead a variety of stretching, balancing, and meditation exercises throughout the hike, including taekwondo movements.

From 9W North at Lake Road, make a right into Rockland Lake (North Entrance). Take Rockland Lake Road past the entrances to Gesthemane Cemetery  and the Tennis Courts. Make next left onto Landing Road (which may be unmarked). The parking area is past both Collyer Ave on the left, and Rockland Lake Firehouse on the right. There is limited parking so it's best to carpool and/or get there as early as possible. For more information visit Google maps: Meet in the parking lot.

The walk is not stroller friendly, dogs are not allowed on this guided walk, and there are no rest rooms available along the walk.  Bring snacks and plenty of water, and bug spray, sunscreen, binoculars and walking sticks - as desired.   Hiking boots are recommended; if not wear closed toed shoes with sturdy soles.  Dress for the weather, and bring a jacket, hat, and rain gear as you see fit.

Guided park walks offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking. "We hope County residents take advantage of this great chance to explore our beautiful, natural environment and get some exercise at the same time," said Dr. Ruppert. Guided park walks will be scheduled throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Important general information about the guided walks:

  • Pre-registration for all walks is suggested but not required. For more information or to register, call (845) 708-7307 or e-mail
  • Check for more information, directions, and any changes to the schedule. Walks are held through out the year - stay tuned by checking out the website periodically for updates.
  • Meet in the parking lot, unless otherwise specified. All walks are rain or shine. Wear proper footwear (closed-toe sturdy shoes such as walking shoes/boots or sneakers) and clothing (light-colored) and seasonally appropriate attire such as a jacket or hat, depending on the weather. Hiking boots are preferred. Bring along binoculars, water, sunscreen, a snack, and walking sticks if desired.
  • As with any physical activity program, it is recommended you speak to your physician before starting.
  • All guided walks are coordinated and supported in partnership with the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Rockland County Youth Bureau's Conservation and Service Corps program, and the Rockland County Department of Health.