Minnewaska State Park Preserve

New Paltz New York Hikes

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A former resort and recent battleground between developers and environmentalists, this state park preserve presents a tranquil natural realm. The site boasts beautiful white-cliff escarpmentss, picturesque blue waters, and soothing forests - images to delight poet and photographer. Comfortable carriageways and foot trails travel the preserve for tours of varying length and discovery. This selected carriageway circuit travels from Lake Minnewaska, around Lake Awosting, and across a Shawangunk escarpment rim for a rich and varied tour. Special attractions include striking ledges and vistas, attractive mountain lakes, a waterfall, mixed woods, wildflowers, and flowering shrubs.
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Hiking New York

by Rhonda & George Osterag (Falcon Publishing)

A former resort and recent battleground between developers and environmentalists, this state park preserve presents a tranquil natural realm. The site boasts beautiful white-cliff escarpmentss, picturesque blue waters, and soothing forests - images to delight poet and photographer. Comfortable carriageways and foot trails travel the preserve for tours of varying length and discovery. This selected carriageway circuit travels from Lake Minnewaska, around Lake Awosting, and across a Shawangunk escarpment rim for a rich and varied tour. Special attractions include striking ledges and vistas, attractive mountain lakes, a waterfall, mixed woods, wildflowers, and flowering shrubs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Paltz
Length: 11.8
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring through Fall, 9am-7pm.
Local Contacts: New York State Parks, Palisades Region
Local Maps: State Park flier, New York-New Jersey Trail conference maps, Shawagunk Trails-South and Lake Minnewaska Area
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Recent Trail Reviews

10/23/2011

Amazing views and overall awesome trail. You can also leave the main trail and check out many of the side trails. I went during peak weekend last year and will be going back again this year!

7/27/2011

We took Blue (Castle Point) trail from Lake Minnewaska - lovely views! Not hard, just long, on carriage trails. We took Green carriage trail on the return (passing by but skipping the Falls); it was just shady and pleasant, no great views. Advice: bring towels and bathing suits and swim both lakes - wish we had!

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