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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Skibear225 wrote a review Jan 18
Carmel, New York184 contributions28 helpful votes
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Very nice place with many hiking trails. I was surprised by how many signs I saw with " ice crampons recommended". I found out soon enough the trails were all ice. It would have been a cake walk except for the ice. We did push on to see the falls but it was very tricky. As has been the case in this year it was crowded on the weekend. so if this is when you can go, go early. The parking lots fill up quickly limiting where you will hike. We did the Awosting falls trail and it was short so very easy (on a good day).
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Crystal X wrote a review Nov 2020
Long Island, New York234 contributions61 helpful votes
There is a parking fee and porta-potties scattered around the entrance area. There are a few different hiking trails, we didn't follow a specific one but our hike was about a little over 3 hours or so. We didn't stop for photos until we got back down to the lake if that helps for your timing. Pack a light snack and lots of water so you can stop on a boulder for lunch if the weather is nice.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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vasile123 wrote a review Nov 2020
New York City, New York654 contributions87 helpful votes
We came on a Tuesday after not being able to get into the park on a Saturday (parking lot full, I believe people come before 7:00 am).We parked at the Awosting Falls parking lot. A short walk through the woods takes you to the top of the falls, then a downhill walk on a carriage road will take you to the bottom. Amazing views. Then back up on the same trail and uphill on the carriage road, following the orange trail. After a relatively steep climb (but not challenging if you are in moderate shape) you finally get to the Minnewaska Lake. This is wonderful, with places to sit, have a picnic, trails around the lake for even more views. There is a much bigger parking lot here at the lake, but if you then want to see the falls, your way back would be uphill. Of course, one could drive from one parking lot to the other, thus avoiding the walk uphill through the woods. But that is part of the wonder of nature. I am so happy we went.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Ben Lazo wrote a review Oct 2020
United States5 contributions6 helpful votes
Amazing state park in upstate New York, in the Hudson River Valley area. We did the waterfall walk, and then the loop around the lake. Was gorgeous in early October. Bring snacks and water... the hike isn't strenuous, but not super easy either. Nice new visitor center too by the lake. Stop for food after in New Paltz.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jonathan Chan wrote a review Oct 2020
New York City, New York90 contributions101 helpful votes
Came here for a weekend of rock climbing at the Peterskill area at the Shawagunk mountains! The climbing areas are really accessible from the parking lot. The facilities are simple but clean. There can be a line to get inside in the morning, but it's very spacious and there was plenty of space for everyone to climb, boulder, and hike!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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