Explore the Laurance S. Rockefeller PreserveThe Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve provides a special opportunity to connect with nature in an environment designed to reduce congestion and provide an opportunity for solitude and reflection.
Several trails can be accessed from the Preserve and Moose-Wilson Road. Take an easy hike to Phelps Lake or enjoy a strenuous trek into Granite or Death Canyon.
The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is located down the Moose-Wilson Road. This slow, winding road is closed to RVs and trailers (vehicles over 280 inches/23.3 feet in length) and is unpaved for 1.5 miles. Parking at the Preserve is limited and often full from before 9 am to 4 pm. Consider carpooling to help alleviate congestion and reduce our environmental footprint.
Hike the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Moose-Wilson Road
Visit the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve CenterVisit the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center to learn more about Mr. Rockefeller's vision for the Preserve and his legacy of conservation stewardship. The center will orient you to the area and offers a series of unique sensory exhibits that highlight the visual, auditory and tactile qualities of the Preserve's plants and wildlife. Learn about the innovative design techniques and features that make the center a model for energy and environmental design.
Bear and Wildlife SafetyDo you know what to do when encountering a wild animal? The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Moose-Wilson Road are home to black bears, grizzly bears, moose, deer, and other large animals. Bears are often seen on trails and in the developed areas. Being prepared for an animal encounter can help ensure the safety of you and the wildlife.
Learn more about how to stay safe in bear country.
Safety tip: never approach a wild animal. Always maintain a distance of at least 100yds/91m from bears and 25yds/23m from other wildlife.
Drive the Moose-Wilson RoadThe Moose-Wilson Road is a corridor road connecting the towns of Moose and Wilson. The road winds through forest and marsh habitats, and is home to various species of wildlife. The Moose-Wilson Road provides access to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, and the Granite and Death Canyon Trailheads.
This slow, winding road is closed to RVs and trailers (vehicles over 280 inches/23.3 feet in length) and is unpaved for 1.5 miles. Exercise caution when driving and be alert for wildlife and other vehicles. The Moose-Wilson Road occasionally has closures. Check the road information page for updates.
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Last updated: October 23, 2019