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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Snowshoeing in Minnewaska.

This was my first snowshoe event ever . And that was amazing ! I was going with bunch of lively... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
One of the most beautiful & easy hikes in the MHV

There is a nominal $10 fee per vehicle to get into the preserve. Say with a walk around md the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Paltz, New York
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“awosting falls”(32 reviews)
“carriage roads”(20 reviews)
“great hiking”(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
+1 845-255-0752
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first snowshoe event ever . And that was amazing ! I was going with bunch of lively people and cold was making air so refreshing! Scenery was stunning! Frozen Awosting Waterfall , snow covered evergreens and beautiful views of mountains in winter...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a nominal $10 fee per vehicle to get into the preserve. Say with a walk around md the lake. The path is wide, well marked and absolutely beautiful. It’s aaboit a two mile walk. Family friendly and dog friendly. We have taken this...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank JBfromTn
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Great reward with little risks. You get beautiful views with a low level of intensity or danger. This is a very well kept trail and suitable for any level of experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gdesantis7
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

My coworker lives in Kerhorkson and invited me over during the weekend of my biz trip to Poughkeepsie. We did the 3km trekking around Minnewaska lake before heading to a local brewer. It was amazing scenary in Fall, and the parking lots get quickly filled...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FengXueSG
Reviewed October 26, 2018

I highly recommend the Gertrude's Nose hike! The trails were very well signed. Be aware that on a beautiful fall day during peak leaf peeping time, the park will be packed and you most likely will have to park at the base parking and hike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jess_the_TravelBug
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Blessed with great weather, my family was able to walk around the lake. It was an easy "hike" with nice views. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to enjoy our walk in the woods. There are several spots that would be great for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Donna D
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Beautiful park, but it was so overcrowded we had to leave and lost our $10. There was no place to park, and the porta potties were overflowing and disgusting. There should be a limit to how many people can enter in the fall.They are supposed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank brmNY
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

There are 2 main attractions in the minnewaska state park. The awosting fall and the minnewaska lake. If you are going there in the summer then you can have a swim under the awosting falls or take a hike along the trapps trail. The second...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank R K
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Took our 8 month granddaughter on the Red Loop trail around the Lake. Fantastic views around every curve/switchback. Moderate walk with a lot to see in an easy hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank doctorlon
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Carriage roads are wide, with gravel beds, so the only real exertion is elevation. My wife and I did the Lake Minnewaska carriage road, with a 32% elevation, and did fine. We also loved the Beacon Hill carriage road (17% elevation), and the the wonderful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
January 27, 2019|
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Response from FengXueSG | Reviewed this property |
I can't speak of lodging as I only did a day trip there. My colleague lives in Kerhonkson for 50 years so he knows the place well. He brought me to a few minibrewers after our trekking in the park. All very nice but I don't... More
November 5, 2018|
Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
The park is open, trails might be closed for hiking due to snow, but there is snowshoeing. The trail around the lake can be done in an hour.
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
Minnewaska State Park Preserve Or Mohonk Preserve (6 Replies)
Hi, We are visiting the New Paltz for one day from NJ. Can anyone suggest which one we should visit, Minnewaska State Park Preserve Or Mohonk Preserve. We shall be getting 5 plus hours, I think. Both places have nice reviews and I am not able to decide which one I should go. Any suggestions please!
October 03, 2016|
Response frompudgy_groundhog|
Both are pretty and which you choose depends on your budget and what type of activities you want to do. Minnewaska is I believe $9 now for a car while it costs $21/$26 per adult (weekday vs weekend) to hike at Mohonk. Be aware that the hiking pass does not allow you access to the Mountain House - for that you need to purchase dining or one of their other packages (for reference, breakfast buffet is $45/adult and lunch costs $64/adult and add tax and a 15% admin fee). (we personally never...More
Brick, New Jersey
Where are you going for fall colors this year? (18 Replies)
I'm going to try Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New Paltz New York. 3 lakes and many waterfalls. Many great reviews. * How about any of you? "Doing" NJ or going elsewhere????
September 13, 2016|
Response fromSteveSBrickUSA|
If you click on the New Paltz hyper link....then when looking on that page ...click on "Things to Do".....Minnewaska State Park is #1 ...easily viewed at the top of the list.
Brick, New Jersey
Minnewaska question (16 Replies)
Hi! My family of three has plans to visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve this Sunday. Is it $10 to park? We plan on bringing our lunch. Are there picnic tables or is there some logical spot for us to sit and eat?.... if yes, is it somewhere near the parking area or the Visitor's Center? Thanks!
October 12, 2016|
Response fromSteveSBrickUSA|
Can anyone answer the questions I have posted?