Minnewaska State Park
The Minnewaska State Park is over 22,000 acres of gorgeous, sprawling mountain landscapes and a must-visit adventure destination. Opened in 1993 and located just outside of New Paltz, the plethora of landmarks the park has to offer is enough to satisfy every outdoor enthusiast.
The park contains 50 miles of hiking trails, the eternal Awosting Falls, Sam’s Point Preserve, three massive lakes lined with lush greenery and awe-inspiring cliffs, just to name a few attractions. Two of the most popular trails can be accessed through the main parking lot. The trails lead to Minnewaska Lake and Awosting Falls. No matter which trail you venture into, you’ll be astounded by the majestic Hudson Valley area.
Hiking isn’t the only thing you can enjoy at the park: there are also options for biking, swimming, picnicking, skiing, snowshoeing and even scuba diving. Additionally, the park features the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground with 24 trailer spots and over 20 walk-in tent spots! The site is open from mid-May to November.
The parking fee is $10 for entry at all points at the park and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The hours may vary depending on the season.
Nearby Gardiner and Kerhonkson is the town of New Paltz. If you’re looking to do more exploring in a village setting, New Paltz is the perfect place to start. Learn more about New Paltz here.
“There are many trails you can take. Sunset Carriage Trail, Beacon Hill Trail and the Waterfalls Trails are my favorites. You can’t miss them!”
Take Amtrak to Minnewaska State Park
Where to Stay in the Hudson Valley
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