Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Bush, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Rare Dwarf Pitch Pine Barrens, Water Falls, Views, Cliffs, Ice Caves The entire hike will take you through the Sam's Point preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve is part of the Shawangunk ridge extending into Minnewaska SP. You will hike through a rare and endangered ecosystem, consisting of a Rare Dwarf Pitch Pine barren. One of the few remaining in the world. You will also hike to the Ice Caves which was formed from the talus or boulders from the cliffs, creating huge rock crevices or caves. The air in the Caves gets trapped keeping the inside cold enough for snow to stay through July. Along the way you will also hike up and on top of the many cliffs in the area, another unique feature of the area. You will get views of High Point Monument in NJ, the Hudson Valley as well as the Catskills and the Roundout Valley. Another feature you will pass is the Verkeerder Kill Falls and the Old Berry Picker Shacks from the days when the area was picked for it wild b Blueberries.
only the loop trail was open. Trail was icy. Will come back in April.
I went here last summer. This was by far the best place I have gone so far. I have not come across any place that can beat Sam's Point. The ice caves are gorgeous and the trails to the waterfall, even though it was long, was absolutely breathtaking. The terrain changes and the views are just out of this world. I would recommend this for anyone who loves being out in nature, stunning views and doesn't mind walking a lot and for a long time.
Went there this weekend lots of snow ice cave and waterfall was closed I walked right up to the entrance the ice cave and completely frozen over 5 inches to 8 inches of ice it was a good walk very slippery good work out in the snow The incline to the top of the hill was not bad at all
great views and the ice caves are fun to hike through!
Cool hike considering the ice caves and the outstanding views. On the downside you barely hike any of this trail. You end up driving 2,500 ft up to the parking lot, paying 10 dollars, and then hiking 500 ft up an easy pebble road. After i have seen the ice caves and and the vista i drove around the mountain to see the lake & 70 ft waterfall. Definitely worth the drive around the mountain. Overall very cool place if you are looking for great views with an easy hike.
This is a very easy trail. The most difficult part would be the Ice Caves if you're not paying attention to your steps. Beautiful views.
Had a great time!!! My daughter loved the ice caves, wasn't to difficult of a climb for her either. Great place to bring the children and we will definitely be back.
lucky to have had just about perfect weather for my hike. warm sun,clear sky, cool breeze to keep ya from sweating to much. falls are still closed till spring. but ill make it back to see them next year. overlook is pretty awesome. can see for what feels like ever! theres a nice clear lake not far up the trail. cant swim there but still a neat little spot to stop for a bit. the ice caves are super cool! its amazing how nature creates such things. they're also more extensive than i thought,which i was happy to see. sams point is certainly a cool area to pack a picnic,no rush, and venture around for the day. enjoying the sights for their beauty. i know ill be back often
Definitely has a lot to see. Bring your camera and plenty of water. Take your time and explore the ice caves. It can be quite cool inside them and they will be refreshing in the hotter weather. However due to moisture build and/or rain, they can be very slippery if the correct foot ware is not chosen. Perfect for fall vista views from nice rock outcrops. You can hike to the main view in a relatively short time. But allow the bulk of your day to get the most is this loop.
Nice hike with good views pretty buggy in sept though
Beautiful and easy loop hike (4.3 miles); the trail to the V-falls was closed due to a fire earlier this year. We first did the whole trail before the fire at the end of February. At the time, we stopped at the Ice Caves , but couldn't hike them (way too much ice). Now, early September, the ice caves were an easy and leasant target( ca. 0.7 miles). There are so many flowers and ferns.