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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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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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XC skiing with views to spare in thie NY State Park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Poughkeepsie
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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New York
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Some friends and I love taking a zip car upstate to go hiking in the forest. The trails are so breathtaking, literally and physically. My favorite spot is where the massive waterfall is perfect spot for picnic too.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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99 reviews 99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This place is lovely in every season. Great walking in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter. The woods are gorgeous in the spring when the wild azalea and rhododendron are in bloom, there are wild blueberries in the summer and the autumn leaves are lovely. Try to avoid weekends in the autumn because there are bus-loads of leaf-peepers... More 

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New York City, New York
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259 reviews 259 reviews
72 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Stunning vistas, and beautiful winding trails through the woods make this park a pleasure to visit. We visited right after a big Thanksgiving snow storm so we got the full effect of the 'winter wonderland' experience walking through the woods but I can imagine how beautiful it must be in mid to late autumn when the leaves are at their... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you are a hiking, cyclist or trail running enthusiast, I definitely recommend the trail runs here. Extremely picturesque, quiet, and lots of branches and rocks to jump over if you're excited about nature like I am :). I just participated in their annual "After the leaves fall" half marathon trail run, and it was definitely worth the drive up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Great park to hike and experience beautiful nature during any season. Highly recommended.... would love to come back

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Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Take the time to find and enjoy the waterfalls and the cool rocks along the running water. Hikes range from easy to more strenuous so definitely something for everyone.

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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous, easy nature hike to beautiful waterfall. Lovely in the the fall, with all of the leaves turning but would be incredible to swim there in the summer

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