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Address: 3197 State Route 55, New Paltz, New York, New Paltz, NY 12561
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+1 845-255-0919
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Running through the Gunks

Stayed in beautiful B&B, devoted time to running through the Gunks, with great trails and beautiful views

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 10, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Stayed in beautiful B&B, devoted time to running through the Gunks, with great trails and beautiful views

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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. If you are interested, we have three races held here throughout the year, Bridge 2 Bridge 5-mile run, Pfalz Point Tail Challenge 10-mile run, or Rock The Ridge 50-mile challenge. Check out our website to learn more. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Always wanted to checkout the "gunks" - so went on Friday after Thanksgiving with my children aged (24, 21 & 14) and the dog. We had a fairly strenuous day; about 9 miles of hiking. You can make this as easy or hard as you like. The carriage road is flat, with excellent views where you can observe the technical... More 

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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! Our trails were recently named "Best of the Hudson Valley" by Hudson Valley magazine, and there are over 75 miles of trails to choose from, to suit any age or ability. As New York's largest visitor-and-member supported nature preserve, day fees and membership help protect and manage over... More 

Montpelier, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Great place to hike for all levels. Beautiful scenery well marked trails. I come here each time I visit & thoroughly enjoy the area. Great location for families & some trails open to bikes & horses. It was a bit unnerving to learn that this time of year hunters are also welcome. Well worth the time to stroll or hike... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! Our stewardship team do a great job of maintaining over 75 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Preserve. Deer hunting occurs on the Preserve as part of our deer management program. Hunters play a critical role in helping to mitigate the impacts of deer overbrowsing on the unique forests of the Shawangunk Mountains.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Hike the day away! Start out early! There are many ways to get to a trail head, one of my faves is fro the 'hair pin turn'. Be prepared for a strenuous hike up, and some bouldering. If you can persevere, the reward at the top outcropping is a view all the way to the NYC skyline in the vague... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! Parking is available at our Visitor Center, before the "Hair Pin," or after at the West Trapps Trailhead. If you park in the Visitor Center lot, the East Trapps Connector Trail (affectionately dubbed "The Stairmaster") is quite the challenge! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

We did the small trail called Millbrook Ridge. We stop by at visitor center to get some info first and then drive 5 mins to another parking lot to pay the entrance fee $12 per person and walk up to the trails. On the way go, we walk on the main Trapps road first then make a left turn to... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! Our trailhead assistants are great at giving advice on trails and the area. Our visitors are a part of our shared mission - to create a place where people and nature thrive! Day passes and memberships are available at any of our trailheads, but stopping at the Visitor Center is a great way to discover... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

This place is easily one of the best places for so many things. It has some of the best traditional rock climbing in the world. Great hiking trails with various levels of difficulty. The preserve is very well maintained and the staff are fantastic!

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

Thanks for the great review - our visitors are a part of our shared mission - to create a place where people and nature thrive! More 

Jamaica, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

There are plenty of places to rock scramble but if you just want fresh air, exercise, beauty, distance, you've got miles and miles of rolling hills with reasonably good footing all the way.

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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! Our trails were recently named "Best of the Hudson Valley" by Hudson Valley magazine, and there are over 75 miles of trails to choose from! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Whether you climb the Gunks or just eye the Hunks, you will have fun at the Trapps or exploring the many trails or stopping by the restaurant or Picnic lodge. Love the lice skaing in Victorian rink in winter,

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

Thanks for the great review! While the Trapps are on Mohonk Preserve lands, the restaurant, picnic lodge and skating rink are a part of Mohonk Mountain House. While neighbors with a shared history, 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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Very nice hike on old minnewaska Road it's shorter to go to the tower if you take the path road will be more fun ! The red arrow on the rock are very clear!

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

Thanks for the great review! The tower is on Mohonk Mountain House property, while neighbors with a shared history, 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 the Mohonk Mountain House and into the Minnewaska State Park Preserve without any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Awesome view on leaves, so many colours... Easy access to the preserve. Rude a car to see also other places near by.

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

Thanks for the great review! Autumn is a favorite time of year at Mohonk Preserve. More 

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