Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

September 18, 2015
Contact: Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, 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 Guide Docents on a variety of free local guided walks in September and October.

"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 are scheduled throughout the year – for more information and the schedule visit The September and October guided park walks highlighted below offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking (1 sneaker is easy, 2 sneaker is moderate, 3 sneaker is strenuous):

Kakiat Park: Dog Walk
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 9 am – 11:30 am

  • Join Docent Mary Beth Foisy on this 2.6-mile difficult (3-sneaker) dog walk! The walk will be along primarily wooded paths. There are some steep climbs with loose rocks.
  • Meet in the parking lot by the bridge.
  • Directions: From Suffern, follow Route 202 East. The entrance to the park is on your left, opposite Viola Elementary School.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog, a snack, bug repellent, and binoculars. A walking stick is optional.
  • Bring your friendly dog out for a strenuous fall stroll and fellowship with other dog owners and dog lovers. We will be accepting donations for the High Tor Animal Shelter: dog and cat food, old blankets, and kitty litter. ALL DOGS MUST BE ON A NON-RETRACTABLE LEASH.

Tallman Mountain State Park: Rockland County Versus Big Oil
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 am – 12 pm

  • Join Docent Jack Bloom on this moderate (2-sneaker) 3-mile walk on a flat wide trail that offers glimpses of the Hudson. Walk through the history of Rockland County versus Big Oil. What REALLY happened at Tallman Mountain State Park? See if you can spot the evidence! The trail is packed earth and wide, with little incline. The walk is mostly flat and not rocky. It is along a road used for emergency vehicles.
  • Meet at the secondary lot, small south lot, on the east side of Route 9W in Sparkill. Please note this is not the main parking lot.
  • Directions: Take the Palisades Parkway SOUTH to Exit 5S. Merge onto Route 303 South. Go into Tappan, make a LEFT onto Oak Tree Road. Continue on Oak Tree Road and pass Route 340 and over Palisades Parkway to light at Route 9W. Make a LEFT onto Route 9W. Go less than 1 mile, just past the Palisades Market. On the RIGHT is a small, free parking lot. If you pass the Conference Center on the left or the main entrance to the park on the right, you've gone too far. From the North, the parking lot is approximately 1.5 miles past the main Tallman State Park entrance on the left.
  • Restrooms are not available, no dogs are allowed, and this walk is not stroller friendly. This walk is appropriate for youth and up.

Stateline Lookout: Walk Along Old Route 9W
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 10 am – 12 pm

  • Join Docent Louise Parnell on this 3-mile moderately difficult (2 sneaker) walk with some steep sections, but otherwise level. This is a graded trail with some stone steps.
  • Meet in the parking lot.
  • Directions: The park is about a mile south of the actual New Jersey-New York state line. It has its own (un-numbered) exit off the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine, New Jersey. From the Palisades Parkway South, stay in the left lane after passing Exit 3. Take the median U-turn (well marked). Use caution, as you will need to get into the right lane immediately to exit for State Line Lookout.
  • From 12 pm – 4 pm, the Nature Program Cooperative will present a free program, "Hawks Over the Hudson," featuring live animals (birds of prey) and exhibits. For more information visit or call 201-768-1360 Ext. 108.
  • Hiking boots are recommended, and a walking stick is suggested. Bring water. Restrooms are available, no dogs are allowed, and this walk is not stroller friendly.

Dater Mountain Nature Park: Photography Walk
Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 9 am – 11 am

  • Join Docent Victor Castro on this 3-mile strenuous (3-sneaker) walk. The walk begins with an incline up a gravel path on the eastern side of the mountain, leading to the ridgeline. The walk continues on a multi-terrain path, south on the ridge out to an overlook; here we will rest a few minutes, check out the scenery, and have a snack if you wish. The walk continues up and down over a wooded, grassy and stony, stream-filled area on the eastern part of the mountain where we will re-connect with the ridge trail, heading north back to the beginning of the trail and then down the hill to the parking area.
  • Meet at the end of Johnsontown Road in Sloatsburg (10974). There is a circular parking area there.
  • Directions: New York State Thruway Route 87 heading north, get off at Exit 15A, at the end of the exit make a left onto Route 17 (heading North). Drive through the town making a right at the light onto Seven Lakes Drive. Just after the overpass there will be a slight left onto Johnsontown Road. Follow the road until you reach the end.
  • This is a photography walk, so bring along a camera.

Dunderberg Mountain: A Walking History
Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 9:30 am – 1 pm

  • Join Docent Mary Beth Foisy on this 3-4-mile difficult (3-sneaker) walking history on a primarily wooded path that is level, with uphill terrain. Explore the area that was slated, in the 1890's, for a scenic railway up Dunderberg Mountain leading to a hilltop resort. Walkers will also traverse part of the 1777 trail that Anthony Wayne used to attack Stony Point during the American Revolution.
  • Meet in the parking area on the east side of Route 9W.
  • Directions: From the center of Stony Point, follow Route 9W approximately 3.3 miles. The parking area will be on the right-hand side of the road. Participants will meet here.
  • Pack a lunch or snack. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring plenty of water, bug repellant, binoculars and a walking stick (optional).

Important general information about the guided walks:

  • Pre-registration for all walks is suggested (for some walks pre-registration is required). For more information or to register, call (845) 708-7307 or e-mail
  • Please check and click on the walk(s) you are interested in 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's Steps to a Healthier Rockland program.