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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Address: New Paltz, NY 12561
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+1 845-256-0579
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Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and...

Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.

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Great park!

It is one of the most beautiful places for hiking! It is easy to walk around as there are carriage roads. The views are spectacular! All trails are well marked. During the summer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
TRyana
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is one of the most beautiful places for hiking! It is easy to walk around as there are carriage roads. The views are spectacular! All trails are well marked. During the summer can swim in the lakes. It is great to spend a few days hiking in the park. Must see place in New York State!

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Wallkill, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been here so many times, but each time I see something new. The views are awesome. Summer time you can swim in either of the lakes that are crystal clear. The park offers all levels of hiking and all different distances. For a state park it's worth ten times what you pay for the entrance fee. Anytime we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great place to hike. Views are wonderful. We went on January 16, 2017, day was warm for January and no snow.

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Thank Karen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of my favorite places to visit. I live a few miles from the park. I used to drive through the mountains to go to work and all my co-workers were envious of my drive. The area is gorgeous all year long, but particularly during Autumn. The lake at Minnewaska has breathtaking views and goes back since ancient time. Totally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time visit on family recommendation. Spectacular scenery, views of Hudson Valley and Catskills, very striking cliffs and escarpments around a glacial "sky lake." Many side trails, an excellent day hike in a rare mid January sunny day without snow cover. Looks like cross country skiing would be quite exciting here too!

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Staten Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This was our second visit to this park. We had previously hiked the lake which had an awesome trail that traversed the upper cliffs surrounding Lake Minnewaska. On this trip we hiked to Awosting Falls. The falls were beautiful. Both hikes were very easy. The only issue today was that there was still some ice and snow on the trails... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

So many hiking trails, and pristine forest. This is a hiking area that has so much diversity for New England. One of my favorite trails leads around down to lake Minnewaska. I've been hiking every part of this area sinc to 70's, and can highly recommend it for short walks, long hikes, and fairly advanced climbs. Thisviscwhere I learned to... More 

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LaGrangeville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to hike, with a nice walk around Lake Minnewaska or a choice of a couple longer trails that lead to Lake Awosting. I particularly enjoy the fresh air and serenity of this State park during the winter, especially after some fresh snow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

This review only based on the lake. I went when it's almost dark and drove straight up to the lake . It's easy access and you don't have to trek for the beautiful pictures because only 5 mins walking from the parking, you will already see beautiful clear water lake already. I'm sure the trails will be nice as well.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Worth the hour and 45 min from Westchester, Have heard about it, so headed up to mountain. Breathtaking foliage views, Great hill hikes and straight paths. Waterfall was interesting. Many couples and families along with single hikers and bikers. Parking was $10.00, ask for map once you pay.

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