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Minnewaska State Park Preserve
|Park Overview:|| |
Two beautiful "sky lakes" on the site of two former hotels with more than 50 miles of trails and carriageways and numerous scenic views
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||50 miles|
|Park Acreage:||22123 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||Shawangunk Trails Map|
|Web Map:||NYS Parks trail map & brochure|
|Buy Book:||Scenes & Walks in the Northern Shawangunks |
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
TRAIL ALERT 4/25/16: Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Sam's Point Preserve are closed until further notice due to a wildfire.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve was once the site of two mountaintop hotels. Many of the scenic trails and historic carriageways wind their way around two "sky lakes." Lake Minnewaska and Lake Awosting are the centerpieces of the park preserve, from which most other scenic attractions can be reached. These lakes are well known for the exceptional clarity of their water and their aquamarine color. Both lakes are set into white conglomerate cliffs and encircled with carriageways that provide ready access to many views.
The park is a good destination for hikers during hunting season; a large swath of Minnewaska is off limits to hunters. A hunting map provided by the park shows the hunting zones; use Contact Information below, follow "Maps" link.
|Trails Overview:|| |
The numerous scenic overlooks in the park are destinations by themselves, with varied and sweeping views of the lakes, cliffs, expanses of pine barrens, and valleys below. They include Hamilton Point, Castle Point, Gertrude's Nose, Millbrook Mountain, Murray Hill, Margaret Cliff, Beacon Hill, and the High Peters Kill cliffs. Many are accessible by both trail and carriage roads.
Among the many trails are:
Click to view detailed descriptions of hikes in the Preserve; some include GPS coordinates.
Take New York State Thruway [I-87] to Route 44/55 west to the main entrance to the park. [Google Maps: "Minnewaska State Park, NY 12561"]
|Contact Information:||Minnewaska State Park Preserve |
|Fees:||Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information|