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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Beautiful Day, Great Hike!

Had a wonderful hike to Falls and then around the Lake at Minnewaska State Preserve. Very well... read more

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So glad we came!

Such a beautiful place! We did the loop around Minneskewa lake, which had views of the surrounding... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2019
Toms River, New Jersey
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“awosting falls”(33 reviews)
“carriage roads”(20 reviews)
“hiking trails”(20 reviews)
Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.
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5281 Route 44 55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446-3545
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a wonderful hike to Falls and then around the Lake at Minnewaska State Preserve. Very well maintained, easy mild inclines, beautiful vistas. Making some improvements, more to come and increased parking. Pretty busy on a great weather Saturday!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank jeffn499
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The best view I have ever seen. A nice lake to swim in and great hiking trails I can’t think of one bad thing about it.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Imsotraval
Reviewed August 11, 2019

On a beautiful summer day, we took this short and easy hike along Hudson Valley. Gertrude' Nose Loop Trail started at a beautiful lake and totaled 7.8 miles with just 1600 ft total ascent. It took us about 3.5 active hours (plus bunch of breaks...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

Such a beautiful place! We did the loop around Minneskewa lake, which had views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. We hope to go back and do more hikes. We also swam in the lake for a little bit which is so clear and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank kcollinstr
Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

What a fantastic place to unwind with a breathtaking hike around waterfalls and also go swimming! The drive through the mountains to get there was also beautiful. There was plenty of parking and the trails were wide.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Jillyjillyjilly
Reviewed August 7, 2019

It's beautiful! 4 season playground. It's much cheaper then Mohonk Preserve and the new redone trails are great. Good swimming. The views are fantastic. We brought our bikes. Enjoy a real treasure in the Gunks.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank kpdance
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful views from the top of the mountains. You can go hiking and swimming in the Minnewaska Lake. There’s also a waterfall nearby. Bring food, gear up for walking and enjoy Mother Nature.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Passiontravelphoto
Reviewed July 31, 2019

Beautiful views, rode bikes on carriage trails.. had some difficulty negotiating directions with maps that were available. Park ranger concurred. That said, still a great place to explore.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank johnandea
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

We came here during a hot summer day. The walk to the waterfall was like 5 minutes and we took a short walk around it. The waterfall is nothing spectacular but the trail along the river was tranquil. The lake is at the parking lot...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank mclin7
Reviewed June 23, 2019

We stopped on a rainy day and did the quick walk to the waterfall. Absolutely worth visiting. Trail is super easy and fast. Waterfall is beautiful! You can view CAREFULLY from above and then continue to walk down to the bottom. Signs say no swimming.

Date of experience: June 2019
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August 24, 2019|
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Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
I've been to Awosting falls, which is probably the nicest waterfall. It's very easy to get to. If you park at the lower parking lot (referred to as the "Lake Awosting parking area below), just off 44, you can follow the... More
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July 10, 2019|
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Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is true that there is no camping at the park. But there is a campground located very close to the park, the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground. It is a tent-only campground but includes a pavilion and... More
February 5, 2019|
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Response from FengXueSG | Reviewed this property |
The 3km walking track around the lake should be fine for young kids.