Shawangunk Ridge Trail | Hike the Shawangunk Ridge Trail


On the Shawangunk Ridge Trail  Photo by Georgette Weir.
DescriptionThe Shawangunk Ridge Trail begins at High Point State Park in New Jersey and runs 40 miles northward along the dramatic Shawangunk Ridge to Sam's Point Preserve.

40 miles of trail maintained by 13 volunteers and member groups.

Free, downloadable maps. See ad at right and links below.

A trail description can be found in The Long Path Guide.

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Shawangunk Ridge Trail, 2013

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail heads north approximately 40 miles, to Sam's Point Preserve in New York from the Appalachian Trail at High Point State Park in New Jersey. It generally follows the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge north, occasionally using abandoned roads and rail beds.

After crossing Route 211 and going over Gobblers Knob, the trail descends to the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area. The Basha Kill is an extensive wetland offering many opportunities for bird watching and other wildlife viewing. North of the Basha Kill, the Shawangunk Ridge Trail passes through the Village of Wurtsboro and then ascends the Wurtsboro Ridge.

Shortly thereafter it joins the Long Path, which climbs the Wurtsboro Ridge from the east. The next 10 miles along the ridgetop are among the most spectacular in New York State with the open views of the Catskills looming in the distance, and views all the way back to High Point. Once the trail crosses Route 52, it ascends to Sam's Point Preserve, where the SRT currently ends. The Long Path continues to Verkeerder Kill Falls and Minnewaska State Park Preserve on its way north.

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail was initiated by the Trail Conference in 1989 and continues to be a work in progress. The Trail Conference and its partners work to protect a ridge-length trail corridor and connect the trail to other trails along the way.

Free, Downloadable Maps!

The Trail Conference is pleased to offer hikers free maps of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail via download to your computer.  These maps have been fully revised in 2013 to reflect many minor and some major changes.  Three separate maps cover the current existing trail; each prints on an 8.5 x11-inch page.  These maps complement the detailed description of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail found in The Long Path Guide.

**  Map 1 - Southern - High Point to Graham Fire Tower
**  Map 2 - Middle - Graham Fire Tower to Wurtsboro
**  Map 3 - Northern - Wurtsboro to Minnewaska

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail also serves as an alternative route on the Long Path for the hiker who wishes to avoid the lowlands of Orange County. Upon reaching the intersection with the Appalachian Trail in Harriman Park, the hiker follows the AT south to High Point State Park in New Jersey, then goes north 
on the SRT/LP.


Update on water sources

For any one that's planning on hiking the trail.  I am a light packer so I take as little water as possible and look for water sources.  I use the Steripen.  Saturday, August 11 I hiked from High Point NJ to RT 6 and slept on Dec land.  Just to let everyone know all the streams that are shown on the map on that stretch are dried out.

Public Transporation from Kingston, NY to Ellenville, NY


This is the  UCAT or the Ulster County Area Trasit.

Phone:  854-334-8458.

This route goes down Route 209.  Kingston to SUNY Ulster is the U Route.  SUNY ULSTER to Ellenv ille is the E Route.


This is Monday to Friday.


Kingston              SUNY Ulster       Stone Ridge        Ellenville(Liberity Square)

  6:35                        6:55                        6:57                       7:30

  7:45                        8:05                        8:32                       9:10

11:30                      11:50                     12:02 PM               12:40 PM

  1:00 PM                   1:20 PM                  1:45 PM                2:15 PM

  2:20 PM                   2:40 PM                  2:45 PM                3:25 PM

  3:30 PM                    3:50 PM                 4:10  PM               4:50 PM

SRT - LP North Shuttle?

I plan on parking at Sams Point and looking for a shuttle to LP trail head on the SRT ridge near wurtsboro on Sun May 6 around 9am if anyone interested in helping me or hiking with me.  I'll of course provide the shuttle back to the trail head car at the end of the day.

FYI - I've been sectionally thru-hiking the LP in day hikes and you can read about my progress and hikes:

A recommendation of a taxi service in the area will also be helpful in case no one is available to shuttle with me.



Long Path

Excellent! I'm not 100% sure I can make it Sunday but will certainly join you for future treks. Currently I'm up to the 1/2 way point at the Trempor Mtn fire tower near Phonecia. Would definetly rehike up to that point with fellow LP'ers. I've been keeping my eye out for others to continue the Path with. I'm in New Milford, so can certainly help with the travel. 

Hope to here further,

                Thanks, Jeff

Northern SRT and LP

Thinking of doing this section from Wurtsboro to Sam's Point this weekend.  How are conditions?  Crampons required or snowshoes?

Northern SRT and LP

Hi Linda,

Currently it just changed over from freezing rain to all rain here in the hills above Wurtsboro. We have no significant snow on the ground so snowshoes will not be required. I am unsure but you may find some ice in the north facing/sheltered descents. Have fun on this awesome hike.


Andy Garrison

Northern SRT and LP

Thanks Andy.

Gobbler's Knob

In 2008, the Trail reopened over Gobbler's Knob. (This updates info in the Long Path Guide.) In Mount Hope a section of 1.3 miles of roadwalking was eliminated by rebuilding the section over Gobbler's Knob, east of Otisville Road. This section had been closed to hikers by private landowners for about 15 years. The Open Space Institute acquired the property, and it will be transferred to DEC.  Trail Conference volunteers have reopened the trail. Directions: Going north from Rt. 211 on Otisville Rd, turn right in about 0.3 mi, soon after passing over the railroad tunnel. The trail climbs fairly steeply to a nice lookout point, with views south and west, and then turns north. The trail passes a low escarpment on the right, follows an old woods road for a while, and slowly descends through open woods back to Otisville Rd., about 0.1 mile before it reaches Indian Orchard Rd. Be advised that Indian Orchard road changes to South road when you cross the Deerpark Orange county / Mamakating Sullivan county line.

Error on Trail Map

I just noticed that the map of the southern part of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail has a spelling error. The park outside Port Jervis is Elks - Brox Park not Elks - Bronx Park.

Tad Thayer Greenville Residents for Informed Planning (GRIP)

Error Noted!


Thanks for bringing this error to our attention.  Soon after we produced this map, I created a map detailing trails in and around Port Jervis and noticed this spelling error, so it has been noted for when we make revisions to these maps.

~Jeremy, Trail Conference cartographer

I've alerted our map maker

Thanks for telling us of the error. I've let our map maker know so it can be corrected in the next version.