This loop hike follows the cascading Peters Kill and returns via the historic Wawarsing Turnpike Trail.
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). Turn left onto Route 299 and continue through the Village of New Paltz and across a bridge over the Wallkill River. In 5.6 miles (from the bridge), Route 299 ends at a T-intersection with Route 44/55. Turn right onto Route 44/55, which negotiates a hairpin turn and climbs to pass under the Trapps Bridge (a steel overpass). Continue for three miles past Trapps Bridge to the entrance to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, on the left. After passing the entrance booth (a $10 parking fee is charged), continue straight ahead to the Awosting parking area.
From the kiosk at the rear of the parking area, continue past the gate onto the Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Almost immediately, turn left onto the yellow-blazed Mossy Glen Trail, which passes through an attractive forest of hemlock and mountain laurel. In half a mile, the trail approaches the carriage road, then turns left and descends to the Peters Kill, crossing it on a one-log footbridge.