Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
15 days ago

Family friendly with paved trails; muddy and snowy at times during a late March stroll.

Man this was worth the 1hr drive. Looking forward to go back once the weather gets better. If you’re from westchester looking for some very pretty views, Minnewaska has a lot to offer. Make sure you go on the Blueberry Run path. Photos do not do this place justice.

Long but flat woods road most of the way up. Didn't go further up than Lake Awosting, but swung by Rainbow Falls. Views from the top are great.

Harder than moderate

Go day after it rains.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a favorite. Beautiful trail, so much variety. Had the falls all to ourselves. Will do this one over and over. I'd suggest getting to Minnewaska early - stupid kiosk installed to pay for parking which causes a long line of cars and longer to get in. Lots fill up fast!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the trail. The mellow carriage road towards the end was just what we needed. The falls and surrounding ice was beautiful. Recommend using spikes of some sort as it was icy in some parts. Just a bit of reassurance on the slippery parts.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first visit to Minnewaska. The hike was not strenuous, but was hindered a bit by a lot of ice. The ice added some challenge which I enjoyed. Rainbow Falls, frozen, is an amazing sight and the view of the Catskills is worth the trip.

Did this loop in late January 2018. Trail was pretty icy, I’d recommend bringing spikes. They’re not needed most of the time, but some sections were long stretches of thick ice over rock, particularly at the base of the falls.
The trail was beautiful, with a number of vistas along the way and had a great mix of terrain for moderate hiking. Almost no people too, which was a bonus in this popular park. There were a few sections that really needed some maintenance, but I attribute that to the extreme winds we had a few weeks ago. This hike takes you past the bottom of the falls and then up and over them. Getting both perspectives was very nice.
Would highly recommend this one.

Beautiful trail, I am in love with this place.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike on an absolutely gorgeous day. Pretty easy trail...not too much traffic. Highly recommended

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day, 10 stars.

Loved this hike. Took the Yellow trail to the blue. Turned right on the carriage road and then onto the orange (Rainbow falls) trail. There was a long walk back on the carriage road, but it was a great hike and very peaceful.

Beautiful views. Nice trails, I altered it a little.

Beautiful trail. Very dog friendly and not crowded at all

best scenery and easy walkway. also good for bike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day- hardly another person on the trail. Some great fall colors

hiking
5 months ago

Truly a gorgeous hike. Colors were stellar. Trails were well marked. Cores were outstanding.

Stunning!

I changed the track a little. I took Castle Point to the Blueberry Run Trail, over the Awosting Carriage Road down to Peters Kill, then backtracked back up to the Awosting Carriage Road, and then went around Lake Minnewaska on the Minnewaska Carriage Trail. It was a beautiful hike, roughly 12 miles. I liked the Blueberry Run Trail the most. It had the least amount of people and had a more diverse atmosphere.

Did this on my bike took upper awosting to lake rode around great places to stop and lay on flat rocks and swim then climbed up to castle point trail and it's a down hill ride all the way back

hiking
7 months ago

Well maintained trail. Took the mossy glen trail (now YELLOW unlike the description saying it is blue) to the upper carriage road and turned off into the orange trail (rainbow falls trail). I did not see much of a water fall on rainbow falls trail, as maybe the pool had drained, but almost to the point where mossy glen meets upper carriage there is a hidden waterfall on a switchback. Nice hike although the trail up to the top of rainbow falls is a bit of a skirmish

I think it's funny people have rated this a moderate trail, seems a little bit more than that. ultimately, it was wonderful but based on the time of year very buggy and humid. The refreshing views made it a peaceful escape.

Only $10 for a whole day of fun. Nice trails, lots of options for beginners to advanced and everybody in between. We'll be back often.

Great trail, took our kids (5 & 3) and our two dogs we all had a blast!

terrible no parking 10 bucks to get in maps are terrible screw this place!!!!

You can also check out blueberry run and pick blueberries!!

Really simple trail but the waterfall is pretty. You're not supposed to swim but a few people do it anyway and I'd personally recommend it.

Quite a simple hike, but the waterfall is a nice experience. Unfortunately you cannot swim in the water but you can sit on the rocks and enjoy a nice snack. We also did the hike to the lake. It is not worth it unless you get there early. The beach is very small and there is no food allowed.

The views are beautiful. I've had to break up the full trail will eventually do the entire loop together. There were a lot of people riding bikes, be careful around turns.

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