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Mohonk Preserve

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Address: 3197 State Route 55, New Paltz, New York, New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone Number: 845-255-0919
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mohonk Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in New York. The...

Mohonk Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in New York. The Preserve protects 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge and inspires people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. Preserve lands are open sunrise to sunset every day for hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, horseback riding, and nature study. A current membership or day pass is required to access the lands. Admission to the Visitor Center is always free.

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Mohonk Preserve a walkers dream

The welcome center lives up to its name. Every time I have walked in I have been greeted with a smile, had any questions answered, and was given information and suggestions that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
K F
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The welcome center lives up to its name. Every time I have walked in I have been greeted with a smile, had any questions answered, and was given information and suggestions that were spot--on. Trails are beautiful, well- maintained, and signs and markers make following them easy. All of tis enhances the outdoor experience. You can hike sections where there... More 

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Thank K F
MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and for the great review! Our trailhead assistants and visitor center staff and volunteers truly enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area, and are great at giving advice and suggestions about trails! We hope to see you again soon (fingers crossed for snow for skiing). More 

Huntington Beach, California
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you want to hike all around here, New Palz has one of the best hiking areas around. Coined "the Lemon Squeeze" When I did this hike we started about 6-8 miles out from the mohonk mountain house. Once there, we hiked around the quarry, then up the main trail where the "Lemon Squeeze" started. A few ricket stairs that... More 

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Thank Corbin6dallas
MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, we're glad you enjoyed your time here! The Lemon Squeeze, on Mohonk Mountain House grounds is accessible from the Preserve trailheads and makes for a great hike! More 

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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Overcliff/Undercliff has beautiful views on both sides, each one different. Eagles, hawks - you are high in the trees so they seem close enough to touch! Worth the trip!

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, we're glad you enjoyed your time here! Overcliff/Undercliff makes a great hike for views and wildlife. Our trails were recently named "Best of the Hudson Valley" by Hudson Valley magazine, and there are over 30 miles of trails to choose from! More 

New Paltz, New York
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Go beyond the norm, beyond Undercliff climbers, mountain bike trails and seem out the labyrinths, Fox or Giants Workshop views. Take a Peterson guide with you, sketch pad or camera, stop by the preserve HQ for the best seasonal bird sighting spots, walk the Stairmaster from the HQ to Undercliff.......or simply scramble to the quiet highest points of Bonticou and... More 

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, and advice on being respectful in the outdoors - it goes a long way in helping us protect the land and keep the Preserve beautiful! Our visitors are a part of our shared mission - to create a place where people and nature thrive! More 

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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

We needed to burn calories after enjoying a night out. The December temperature was 55 and partly sunny. We did a moderate challenge of a hike of less than four miles. There was easy rock climbing without any equipment. The vistas were beautiful. The trails were well marked with blue paint to protect against becoming lost. What a great asset... More 

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Our stewardship team do a great job of maintaining over 30 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Preserve. More 

New Paltz
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I spend every moment I can here, hiking, skiing. Every season has its own beauty. There's nothing like it anywhere else, the trails are great and all with great views.

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and for the great review! Our stewardship team do a great job of maintaining over 30 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Preserve. More 

Toms River, New Jersey
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Very easy hike with great views. Lots of rope climbers on the cliffs. Wide enough trail for 4 or 5 abreast. Fee required but funds are well dedicated to the preserve. Great info station and well maintained trails.

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Thank Ken A
MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Our stewardship team do a great job of maintaining over 30 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Preserve. More 

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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Now this part of Mohonk, we loved! Come for the hiking....don't stay in the hotel! Enjoy the outdoors, and the spa, stay away from everything else Mohonk has to offer.

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! As New York's largest visitor-and-member supported nature preserve, we have over 30 miles of trails to choose from for hiking! While neighbors with a shared history, the Mohonk Preserve (non-profit nature preserve) and the Mohonk Mountain House (resort hotel) are two separate places. From Mohonk Preserve, you can continue your hike onto the grounds of... More 

Ridgewood, New York
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is more of a 3.5 star than a 3 star. Good place to hike the lemon squeeze, to me their highlight of the area. What I dont like is the $12 per person fee just to hike the area. Hiking should always be free in my mind, it promotes a healthy lifestyle and although this area is private property,... More 

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! As New York's largest visitor-and-member supported nature preserve, day fees and membership help protect and manage over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and other unique and beautiful places. We're glad to be a part of a large network of interconnected trails. From Mohonk Preserve, you can continue your hike onto the grounds... More 

Wolcott, Connecticut
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

We came here on a recommendation from a friend who had been last spring. Well worth the 3 hour drive here. We decided to hike to the labyrinth and do the rock scramble. Challenging but amazing and so worth it when you climb out of the crevice to see the view! It was so much fun and everyone there was... More 

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MohonkPreserve, Public Relations Manager at Mohonk Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! As New York's largest visitor-and-member supported nature preserve, day fees and membership help protect and manage over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and other unique and beautiful places. More 

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