Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

June 1, 2017
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, CPE, 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 on free guided walks this month. Guided walks offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking.

Harriman State Park: Beautiful Island Pond Awaits!
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Join Trail Guide Frank Kemmer on this 3‐mile moderate walk at Harriman State Park. This walk will take place on an old road and trailway which has some uphill areas, rocky areas, and wet areas. A 120-foot glacial lake similar to those found in the Adirondacks is the highlight of this walk.
  • Directions: Take Palisades Parkway to exit 14, make a left which will turn into 106 West. Go past Lake Welch, stay on 106 W to Kanawauke Circle, take the second right, still on 106 W, stay on for approximately 3 miles, look for the parking pull‐off on the left before Island Pond Road on the right (no sign but is on Google Maps). There is a steep hill by the parking area - pull‐off is approximately 3‐miles west of Kanawauke Circle on the left. For more information visit Google Maps:
  • This is a dog friendly walk, however dogs must be on a 6‐foot leash.

All Aboard for Thiells, Pomona, and Mt. Ivy! At Samuel J. Fisher Mt. Ivy Environmental Park
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • We've all walked on abandoned railroad beds, but this one is full of Rockland County history! Join Trail Guide Jack Bloom on a moderate, 3-mile walk through grassy meadows in the shadow of Boulders Stadium. Then, discover Rockland's railroad history along the old Erie RR right of way...right in our backyard. Maybe you'll even find an old iron railroad tie spike. All this within the Pomona/Mt. Ivy wetlands. The walk is a combination of an old road, open meadows and an abandoned rail road track. There may be some wet spots, especially after rains as the area is a wetland. The trail is relatively flat and wide. Half of the walk is along an old railroad right of way and the other half is a natural trail.
  • Directions: From Exit 12 off the Palisades Parkway make your way to Route 45. Go south 0.1 mile and make a right into Pomona Road, then right again onto Fireman's Memorial Drive. Park at the end of Fireman's Memorial Drive, but do not block the gate. Please note that parking is limited. For more information visit Google Maps:
  • Meet Trail Guide Jack Bloom at the park entrance past the Fire Training Center off Fireman's Memorial Drive in Pomona.

Senior Stretching! Enjoy an Easy Stroll at Demarest Kill Park
Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • This 1.5-mile easy walk is designed for senior citizens. However, anybody is welcome to attend. The walk will consist of a variety of mild exercises with music. Exercises include a warm-up, followed by stretching, toning, and balancing, using light tae kwon do and self- defense movements, and ending with a cool-down and meditation. The walk is flat with some paved surfaces, some trail.
  • Directions: From Main Street in New City, turn onto New Hempstead Road. The entrance to the park is located across from John Street. The park is before the intersection of New Hempstead Road and Little Tor Road. For more information visit Google Maps:
  • Meet in the Park parking lot at 57 New Hempstead Road, between Little Tor Road and the jail, across from Johnson Road.

Bear Mountain State Park: Nature and History at Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop!
Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Mary Beth Foisy on this 5-mile difficult round-trip walk at Bear Mountain that will start with a strenuous climb of over 1,000 vertical feet during the first two miles, to the summit of Bald Mountain. The top will afford a beautiful panoramic view of the Hudson Valley. The hike will then continue at a more gentle descent, looping onto the 1777 Trail, and through the former settlement of Doodletown, which thrived for 200 years until becoming parkland in the 1960s.
  • Directions: Take Palisades Parkway to its terminus at the Bear Mountain Circle. Continue South of Route 9W for 1.3 miles to a small hiker's trailhead parking area on the left side of the road, just past a concrete bridge over a stream. Trailhead parking off Route 9W.
  • This is a dog friendly walk, however dogs must be on a 6-foot leash.

Fitness Walk at Rockland Lake State Park/Nyack Beach Trail
Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Nice McLean, on this challenging, very difficult 8-mile round-trip fitness walk. The walk will begin from the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park. Walkers will head down to the Nyack Beach Trail and walk to the end of the trail in Haverstraw. The hike will also include stops at 4 'stations' for approximately 10 minutes to do a variety of exercises including taekwondo, balancing, focusing and stretching. All of this is done to music while in nature.
  • Directions: From 9W North at Lake Road, make a right into Rockland Lake (North Entrance), keep left and pass the entrance booth for Rockland Lake on your right. Continue on the outer ring road, passing Gesthamane Cemetery and the tennis courts on the left. As the outer ring road goes right, stay to the left at the fork onto Landing Road, and pass the Knickerbocker Firehouse. You will see the parking area. For more information visit Google Maps:
  • Meet in the parking lot by the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers. Parking is limited.
  • Walkers will stop for lunch/snacks along the trail so pack something to eat. If possible, bring a towel and work-out gloves for ground exercises.

"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.

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
  • Check for more information, directions, and any changes to the schedule. Walks are held throughout 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.
  • Hiking boots are recommended, or else closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles. Wear light-colored clothing and dress for the weather (bring a jacket, hat, and rain gear as needed). Bring snacks and plenty of water, bug spray, sunscreen, binoculars, and a walking stick if you would like.
  • Unless otherwise specified, these walks are not stroller-friendly, dogs are not allowed, and there are no rest rooms available.
  • 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.