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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Address: New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone Number: 845 256 0579
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in New Paltz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Owner description: Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.
Attraction details
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.

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New York City, New York
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259 reviews 259 reviews
73 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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New York City, New York
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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Binghamton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The only bad thing that I can say about hiking at Minnewaska State Park is that it has set the bar so high that I have yet to hike anywhere comparable. For the beginner, the carriage roads offer great scenery, friendly hikers and bikers, and a beautiful, cliff-lined lake. The autumn hiking is especially spectacular. For a more challenging hike,... More 

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I've hiked here for over 30 years. Minnewaska is lovely,with beautiful rock formations,woods,trails and large lake. Privately owned,it became a state park decades ago. An $8 access fee is levied per vehicle. We much prefer to take a cross road near the admission kiosk to an ajoining parking lot and do our hiking at Awosting. A hike(rather uphill) brings you... More 

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East Northport, New York
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We love Minnewaska. We go several times a year, in every season. There is a beautiful lake, and great trails.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We did the 10 miles trail starting from upper awosting carriage road and then getting back on Castle Point Carriage Road. We got the park around noon time and parking is almost fully packed. We have to wait outside for a while and then finally get in. I like lake awosting best. The view is fantastic. Highly recommend it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

During a weekend stay in the Hudson River Valley, my wife and I spent the morning hiking through portions of Minnewaska State Park. The park offers a huge variety of hiking trails and carriage roads, offering a choice of hike length and difficulty. The park boasts a waterfall, lake, and many beautiful views of the nearby Catskills and is worth... More 

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