How Kendal on Hudson Residents Make the Most of the Great Outdoors

Kendal on Hudson has many wonderful perks to its location – the proximity to New York City, the convenience of being near shopping and healthcare services – but for many, the best part is that it’s perfectly situated right next to the Hudson River and bucolic Rockwood Hall State Park.

About Rockwood Hall State Park

Rockwood Hall State Park holds significant historical and cultural value. Originally known as Rockwood Estate, the park has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The estate was built in 1852 as a summer home for William A. Robertson, a wealthy New York City merchant.

Rockwood Hall, the centerpiece of the estate, was a grand mansion known for its stunning views of the Hudson River. Unfortunately, the mansion was demolished in 1941, but remnants of the property’s historical grandeur can still be observed today.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rockwood Estate played host to numerous social events and gatherings, with notable figures such as Mark Twain and Henry Ward Beecher in attendance. The property changed hands a few times before being acquired by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917 as part of his ambitious project to create a park along the Hudson River.

Today, Rockwood Hall State Park is an important part of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. It offers visitors a wide range of recreational activities in a picturesque natural setting. Popular activities at the park include hiking, picnicking, bird-watching, and enjoying the scenic Hudson River views. The park features well-marked trails that showcase the estate’s historic remnants, including stone walls and supporting structures.

Rockwood Hall State Park is a beautiful place where visitors can appreciate the fusion of nature and history, making it a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike.

Things To Do at Rockwood Hall State Park

Rockwood Hall State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the activities you can engage in at the park:

  1. Hiking and Walking: The park features a network of well-marked trails that wind through the beautiful landscape, providing opportunities for hikers of all levels. You can explore the park’s diverse terrain and enjoy scenic views of the Hudson River.
  2. Picnicking: Rockwood Hall State Park provides designated areas for picnicking, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy a meal in a serene natural setting. Remember to bring your picnic basket and blanket!
  3. Bird-Watching: The park is home to a wide variety of bird species, making it an excellent destination for bird enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for birds such as hawks, eagles, and migratory species that frequent the area.
  4. Photography: With its breathtaking landscapes and historic remnants, Rockwood Hall State Park provides plenty of opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture stunning shots. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the natural beauty of the park.
  5. Nature Exploration: Take the time to explore the park’s flora and fauna, including native plants and wildlife. The park offers a chance to connect with nature and appreciate the diverse ecosystem.
  6. Yoga and Meditation: Rockwood Hall State Park can be a tranquil place for yoga and meditation sessions. The serene surroundings provide a peaceful atmosphere for individuals seeking mental and physical relaxation.

Please note that some activities may have specific guidelines or restrictions, so it’s always a good idea to check with the park authorities for any updates or regulations before your visit.

A senior couple sitting and relaxing together at the park

An Escape for Residents and Their Families

For residents of Kendal on Hudson, Rockwood Hall State Park provides the perfect place for families to enjoy when they come to visit a loved one at the community. Many of the aforementioned activities are great for the whole family to enjoy. There are endless ways to connect generations.

And if a rainy or snowy day strikes, there’s plenty to do at the community as well. With access to various amenities and diverse programs created by the Resident Council, there’s always an abundance of ways to spend your time. 

Nature Lovers Rejoice – Your Perfect Retirement Awaits

In Sleepy Hollow, NY, retirement at Kendal on Hudson is peaceful, serene and endlessly green. If you’re thinking of making the move to senior living in the Hudson Valley, give us a call at 833-235-5850 to schedule a tour or learn more about our waitlist program, Destination Kendal: A Premier Priority Program. As a member of Destination Kendal, you can receive a number of benefits, including exclusive access to events in the community.