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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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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
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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My favorite hiking place in upstate NY!

Minnewaska Park is my favorite! They have a shorter hike around the lake which is also beautiful. But taking a longer hike will show you such amazing views that it is well worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Minnewaska Park is my favorite! They have a shorter hike around the lake which is also beautiful. But taking a longer hike will show you such amazing views that it is well worth the walk. They have few waterfalls which are also worth a visit. The lake Minnewaska is a wonderful place to refresh in between the walks. The downside... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Gertrude's Nose was an easy/medium 3 hour hike with little elevation change and beautiful views around the mountain ridge.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great park to go hiking. There are very easy paths close to parking, or more challenging and remote trails for the more experienced and adventurous. It's located on the top of the Shawangunk Ridge, so you get some great views of those while driving to get to the Park. Overall a great place to relax!

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Amsterdam, ny
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A must to visit! Great hiking and walking trail. Awesome views! Pack a lunch & spend the day! Great for families!

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hudson valley, ny
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a spectacular park. It is up on the Shawangunk Ridge overlooking the valley. If you want to swim, its here. One note on the swimming, unless you passed a swimming test there is a restricted and small swimming area. If you want to hike in a beautiful setting with unbelievable views and a great variety of flora, its... More 

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Kerhonkson, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

What a beautiful place to wander and get lost in beauty. There are several waterfalls and swimming holes. Also, when it's the right time of year you can eat wild berries!

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Poughkeepsie
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Groomed carriage roads for skiing along scenic vistas that match some of the best within 100 miles. For $10 you get all you can eat for trails whether your pleasure be skate skiing or classic. There's rarely a crowd. There's no ski rentals here and no food or water. You need to be self-sufficient. Rent equipment at Rock and Snow... More 

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Middletown
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I went up to Lake Minnewaska in early April 2014. There was still a lot of ice on the paths down to the waterfall but as long as you had on good hiking shoes it was fine. The waterfall was beautiful. After the waterfall I did drive up to the top by the lake. Beautiful paths along the lake to... More 

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New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Minnewaska has several cross country ski trails (groomed and ungroomed) of varying difficulty levels. The groomed trails can be accessed from the upper parking lot, ungroomed from the bottom lot. Scenic vistas are located along the trail. View the huge icicle formations on the rocks and the frozen lake. It costs $10 per person to ski. There are no ski... More 

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Bloomingburg
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you like getting outdoors this is a wonderful place to go. It's family oriented with many things to see and nice trails to hike.

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