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Best trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve ranging from 2 to 68.4 miles and from 318 to 2,283 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located on the Shawangunk Ridge. Scenic overlooks of the Catskill Mountains steal the show, while it is also a great place for picnicking, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. HOURS: 3/8/20: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 4/6/20: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 6/1/20: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm 7/27/20: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9/8/20: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 10/5/20: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 11/1/20: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Office Hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm Minnewaska Nature Center Hours: Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day until Columbus Day.

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Map of trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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#1 - Gertrude's Nose Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
A beautiful trail with diverse terrain. The views from the south and east are breathtaking. Additionally, the rock outcroppings are truly spectacular. Allow for plenty of time to enjoy the views and pack enough water. Fee ($10) or the Empire Pass card ($80). Note: Dogs are allowed however dogs are not recommended for this trail due to its rocky paths and scrambles.Show more
#2 - Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 56 m
#3 - Rainbow Falls Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This Rainbow Falls is located in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York (not to be confused with the Rainbow Falls and Indian Head trail in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve).The park includes dense hardwood forests, beautiful views, waterfalls, three lakes and numerous hiking trails. The park is managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Park in the lower parking area and take the Mossy Glen Trail (yellow), which is almost an immediate left off the lower Carriage Road( corner of parking lot ). The trail hugs the Peters Kill for almost 2 miles. Follow the trail left and up to the upper carriage road and make a right. Follow the Carriage Road for about a mile and look for the orange blaze on the right for Rainbow Falls Trail heading downhill. Follow the trail a short distance for about a half mile to the base of the falls. Continue along the base of the falls following the orange markers UP the short rock scramble. Once at the top enjoy the view of the Catskills in the distance, The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Visitors might also be interested in nearby Castle Point and Lake Minnewaska. Show more
#4 - Millbrook Mountain Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#5 - Lake Minnewaska Awosting Falls
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
Please note that this area experiences seasonal closures due to snowy and icy conditions. Please check with the park for more information: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx $10 per car fee. Note: Pets are NOT permitted on the cross-country ski trails when they are groomed and open for cross-country skiing only.Show more
#6 - Bull Wheel to High Peter's Kill Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Start at Awosting Falls and follow the wide and comfortable trail to the Awosting Falls Connector. Cross the main road to the Peter's Kill Park Entrance (and stop for potable water and the restroom if needed). Continue to the right to Bull Wheel trail and then left on to High Peter's Kill. Enjoy the vista before continuing down in elevation to cross Peter's Kill Stream. Then ascend, follow the ridge line, and enjoy periodic vistas. You'll start to hear the falls, and then the noise will fade slightly as you near the road. When you get close enough to the road, cut through the brush and out to the road, and then cross the road to the entrance to Awosting Park. Show more
#7 - High Peters Kill Trail
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Ascend through a now-wooded area of former fields and stone walls to enjoy ridge views and reach the cascading Peters Kill (stream) in Minnewaska State Park Preserve.Show more
#8 - Upper Awosting, Lake Awosting and Castle Point Loop
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
#9 - Hamilton Point and Castle Point Loop
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
#10 - Compass Rock
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
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