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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

New Paltz, NY 12561
845 256 0579
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in New Paltz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We started around the lake by the parking lot then hiked down Millbrooks trail and came back around Gertrude's Nose. Gertrude's nose is absolutely stunning. The overall hike took about 4 hours and it was amazing the whole way through.

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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a pleasant surprise. $8.00 entry fee per car. We walked around the lake [3-mile loop]. Great views of the lake and the Catskill Mountains in the distance. Very nice welcome center with helpful and knowledge staff. Great for walking and challenging biking.

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful scenery. Hike by the lake, small swiming area there. Hike around the waterfall. Many picnic areas. Bring bug spray! And 8$ cash or check to get in the parking lot.

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Bristol, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

This is such a beautiful place!!! Any time of year it worth the trip. Such great views and such a wonderful place to take your family! Please support your state and national parks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Amazing trails, lake, and waterfalls. If you enjoy being in the outdoors definitely check out Minnewaska. Gertrude's Nose trail has some great views and interesting landscape. The lake in the mtns is a nice spot to take a quick dip to cool off.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had no big plans for the long weekend, so made this short trip with my friend, and it turned out to be worth while. The park is well preserved, the trails are for all ages, and the view is amazing from few of the spots. Awosting water fall is gorgeous, you can go pretty close to the fall. Overall,... More

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Alameda, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A short drive from NYC and worth a visit. Hikers paradise. If you go at the right time of year, wild blueberries abound, too!

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Pine Bush, New York
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

You can bike,hike or just walk on a variety of well maintained trails in this park. Difficulty levels allow for different levels of fitness. In warmer weather their is swimming in a life guarded area as well as picnic tables for outdoor eating. The views will give painters and photographers plenty of subject matter. Seniors are free on weekdays.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We love Minnewaska State Park. Lots of trail with different difficulty to choose from. Rangers are very friendly. Kids (and dogs sometimes) have a blast swimming in the lake. Very safe to go with young children too. Great views.

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Forest Hills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I love Minnewaska state park. There are activities for everyone; birding, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, picnicking to name a few. If you are a birder, beginner to experienced I recommend you bird with Scott Baldinger on Tuesday morning at 8AM. He knows the birds and trails of this beautiful park and is sure to help everyone see the birds. He... More

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