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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Address: , New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone Number: 845 256 0579
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and...
Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.
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Great Easy Waterfall Hike

My husband and I followed the waterfall trail. It was an easy hike. We sat on the rocks in front of the waterfall and thoroughly enjoyed the moment. It's a beautiful, serene... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Kingston, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Bathrooms near nature center are DISGUSTING!!!!walked around the lake beautiful scenery and person at entrance was polite and accommodating.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Let me start by saying this review is only for the waterfall area and the stream that flows from it. The kids loved wading through the stream, and the fact that the stream goes through different stages that aren't very deep made it excellent for them. The area feels a little too developed for my liking, but for those that... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I followed the waterfall trail. It was an easy hike. We sat on the rocks in front of the waterfall and thoroughly enjoyed the moment. It's a beautiful, serene place to connect with nature. Highly recommend!

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Eilat, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great place. Just to be with nature in its glory not far from the city. Don't expect amenities. There are very little. Not even a refreshment stand. That's why it's great. Don't expect glitz. None to be found. Just a beautiful peaceful site for walking and biking and plunging into clear cool water. Bring your own boat or horse if... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Good hiking trails, fun swimming areas, plenty of parking, clean bathrooms, and really great views make this a really nice destination.

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Malverne, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There is a great trail that goes around the lake ... we were looking for something that was stroller friendly so we could walk with our son while exercising and looking at some beautiful scenery... this was perfect!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lovely walk around the lake--easy enough for the weekend outdoorsperson. Wonderful views and a small beach for swimming. Also many other more difficult paths for walking and biking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The best swimming in the area if you're willing to get out to the far end of Lake Awosting. Otherwise, there are tons of trails with amazing views. Worth making the effort to explore off the trails.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Took some friends to hike to the falls - it is an easy walk, though the parking lot is on top of the hill, and the falls trail is at the bottom. Parking lot needs expansion, as it gets exceedingly crowded in summer. Views are spectacular. There are just porta-johns for bathrooms. Wish I had brought water shoes! There is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Love it here! Be sure to bring swim gear and good walking shoes. There is a great 'not official' swim spot at the base of the Awosting Falls in addition to the two swim areas at the lakes. There are trails for almost all levels from nearly flat carriage trails that are wide enough for cars to drive on and... More 

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