Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

July 9, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


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. They offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking.

Explore the Evolution of Early Movie History in Rockland
Rockland County's Secret Hollywood! Lights, Camera, Action!
Saturday, July 21 from 10 am – 12 pm at Kennedy Dells Park

  • Join Trail Guide Jack Bloom on this 3‐mile moderate mostly flat walk, with some wooded and some wide and hard‐packed, trails. Enjoy the wooded hike while you learn some of the 35mm history of early New City - the start of the movie business right at Kennedy Dells Park... New City's Secret Hollywood!
  • Directions: Head North on Main Street in New City until you are out of town. Pass Phillips Hill Road light and the park is approximately 1/2 mile on the left. For more information visit
  • Meet in the main Kennedy Dells Parking lot on North Main Street in New City.
  • Restrooms are available at this park. This park is not stroller-friendly and please do not bring your dog on this walk.

2 Parks One Walk - Dutch Gardens and Demarest Kill! Fast Forward in Time ... To the Past
Saturday, August 25 from 10 am – 12 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Jack Bloom on this 2‐mile, fairly easy walk as he leads you on a first on a stroll through some 18th century Dutch remains in Demarest Kill Park, and next a walk around Greenberg Lake. Then, fast forward 200 years to the 1930's and view the renovated Dutch Gardens. The walk is flat with some paved surfaces, some trail, and one moderate hill at Dutch Gardens. Learn about all those wacky bricks while you enjoy this gem right in the heart of downtown New City.
  • 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
  • Meet in the Park parking lot at 57 New Hempstead Road, between Little Tor Road and the jail, across from Johnson Road.
  • The walk is not stroller-friendly, dogs are not allowed on this guided walk, and there are no rest rooms available along the walk. The walk is suitable for ages youth and up.

All Aboard for Thiells, Pomona, and Mt. Ivy! at Samuel G. Fisher Mt. Ivy Environmental Park
Saturday, September 15 from 10 am – 12 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Jack Bloom on this moderate, 3‐mile walk first 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. We've all walked on abandoned railroad beds, but this one is full of Rockland County history! 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. 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
  • Meet at the park entrance past the Fire Training Center off of Fireman's Memorial Drive in Pomona.
  • The walk is not stroller-friendly, dogs are not allowed on this guided walk, and there are no rest rooms available along the walk.

"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) 364 -2932 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet in the parking lot, unless otherwise specified. All walks are rain or shine.
  • 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.