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|Park Overview:|| |
A preserve with over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails offering easy, scenic hikes and rugged rock scrambles requiring the use of hands as well as feet.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||100 miles|
|Park Acreage:||6400 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||Shawangunk Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||Scenes & Walks in the Northern Shawangunks |
|Park Description:|| |
The Mohonk Preserve is New York State's largest not-for-profit privately owned nature sanctuary. Its 6,400 acres extend for nearly eight miles along the Shawangunk ridges, from Bonticou Crag to Millbrook Mountain, and includes cliffs, forests, fields, ponds, and streams.
Hiking on preserve lands is by day-use [or annual] permit, for which a fee is charged. Preserve Permits, which may be obtained at the visitor center or from rangers on patrol, also allow one to hike on Mohonk Mountain House lands.
|Trails Overview:|| |
There are over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails. Walking in the preserve ranges from easy, scenic strolls on carriage roads to rough scrambles over boulders, through crevasses, and across open ledges. Only a brief indication of the possibilities can be suggested; hikers are encouraged to go maps in hand and make their own discoveries.
Wheelchair users will need a special overland wheelchair, as the trails are shale-surfaced. There is handicapped parking at most trailheads.
Find suggested "Best Hikes" by clicking on web in Contact Information and follow "hiking" link.
To reach the Trapps Gateway Visitors Center of the Mohonk Preserve, take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 and proceed west on NY 299 through the Village of New Paltz. Continue on NY 299 until it ends at US44/55 at the base of the mountain. Turn right onto US 44/55 and continue for 0.2 mile to the driveway leading to the visitor's center on the right.
For directions to the parking areas for the West Trapps, Coxing, and Spring Farm trailheads use the park's web in Contact Information and follow the link to "Directions." A map showing the four parking areas is also available. On peak weekends, all three fill up early.
Bus service to New Paltz from New York City, Nanuet, Newburgh and Kingston is available via Adirondack Trailways, www.trailwaysny.com (800) 776-7548. Limited weekday bus service to New Paltz from Kingston and Highland is available via Routes R and H of Ulster County Area Transit, www.co.ulster.ny.us/ucat (888) 827-8228. Ulster County Area Transit also offers bus service from the Metro-North station in Poughkeepsie to New Paltz via their Ulster-Poughkeepsie Link. Taxi service from New Paltz to Mohonk is available from New Paltz Taxi, www.npztaxi.com (845) 255-1550.
|Contact Information:||Mohonk Preserve |
|Fees:||Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information|