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Located in Sleepy Hollow, NY Rockefeller State Park Preserve was once an estate owned by John D. Rockefeller's family before they donated it to the state in 1983. It lies about four miles from the city of Pleasantville and 30 miles from New York near the border of New Jersey. It was designated in 1986. The 22-acre Swan Lake is the primary attraction. A portion of Poncantico River meanders through the park providing awesome opportunities for water sports enthusiasts.
Spanning 1,771 acres, Rockefeller State Park Preserve features wetlands, wildflowers, and meadows. This state park has a variety of outdoor recreation for everyone who steps their foot ere. The most popular ones include birding, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Search for an RV in Westchester County and enjoy the spectacular views of the natural attractions hidden in this preserve.
For some of the best nature viewing opportunities, hiking is your best bet. There are over 40 miles of recreational trails crisscrossing the park's landscape. Whether you are interested in lake views, flora and fauna, you will find a nice trail to suit your interest. For visitors interested in exploring the preserve at a quicker pace, there are over 20 miles of carriage paths perfect for horseback riding.
With dozens of bird species inhabiting and frequenting this region, it's no wonder that Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a Mecca for birders. Listed as a Bird Important Area by the Audubon Society birding is one of the biggest draws in the park. The park is home to warblers, wood thrush, towhee, woodpecker, hawks, Northern Parulas, mallards, herons, osprey, mourning dove, blue jay, and Northern Flicker.
Fishing in Rockefeller State Park Preserve is becoming an increasingly popular outdoor activity. So, don't forget to pack your fishing gear and supplies in your camper rental. The 22 acre Swan Lake is a prime fishing spot for brown trout while the Pocantico River is popular with bass fishing.
When you rent an RV in Sleepy Hollow, NY, there are great spots to visit, including museums, golf courses, and historic sites. One such gem is the Bronx Zoo. Located in the Bronx about 24 miles away, this 265-acre zoo exhibits wildlife from all over the world. The most popular animals include African wild dogs, Asian elephants, Amur tigers, gorillas, giraffes, okapi, and rhinoceros, and Nile crocodiles.
Not to be missed is the New York Botanical Garden, about half an hour's drive away. Nature lovers will find thousands of plants and flower species within this 250-acre garden. There are over 40 gardens featuring cactus, roses, and palms. RVers can explore the gardens during any time of the year but are perhaps most rewarded in spring when most flowers are blooming. If you are planning to rent a motorhome in spring, have a camera with you as the scene is quite breathtaking.
When you drive your travel trailer rental to Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, you will be thrilled to know there are endless opportunities for fun. Located just 28 miles away, the park has plenty of activities for everyone. The 18-acre zoo is home to turtles, elk, buffalos, bison, lions, and bald eagles. Splash pads and playgrounds are sprinkled throughout the adjacent 140-acre Van Saun Park to keep the kids busy. Pony and train rides are also offered here.
Should you be a dinosaur enthusiast, consider driving your motorhome rental to Field Station: Dinosaurs. Located in Leonia, NJ, about 36 miles away from this theme park features over 30 life-sized dinosaurs scattered throughout the park. It is a great place for young kids to learn about dinosaurs.