Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

AWESOME trail for a short hike.

Super easy, well kept trail. The lake is really lovely. It's a little crowded for my taste, but what a great time of year to go. The leaves are starting to change, and it will only get better in the next couple of weeks.

Beautiful!

beautiful place to enjoy with family

Easy Walk Beautiful View !

Beautiful views, easy path with some incline but not steep.

Gorgeous views on this trail, very kid-friendly and lots of signs, just follow the red diamonds. Lots of other good trails too. We went with 3,5,8 years old kids and they were fine the whole time. You can bathe at the lake if you want and there is just a parking fee to get in.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in a while! Did this solo- the trail was very well marked, manicured but also secluded. So many scenic lookouts it was difficult to keep pace! I did the loop and then later the waterfall trail which was worthwhile, a total of just under 5 miles when you factor in the connection paths. I spotted salamanders, millipedes and caterpillars. The trail was almost empty during the week. I did have to pay the $10 parking fee but it paid off because the trails were so well maintained.

Very cool waterfall! A great place for a picnic to chill and watch the falls. Like others mentioned, not a "hike", but a cool, quick stroll.

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29 days ago

Very easy walk, nice views around the lake and plenty of good places for picnics etc. Not the kind of walk we’d do but my partner had hurt his ankle!

I Added Rainbow Falls Trail. The trails were wet & muddy but good shoes and no problems. It was cloudy but still beautiful.

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29 days ago

Beautiful moderately challenging and fun

1 month ago

Some of the most gorgeous views ever- majestic!!!

Very pleasant 2.5 miles hike on a large carriage road. in different points, get out of the main road and get to beautiful view points.

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1 month ago

This is a way above average trail loop. One half of the distance is along a fairly basic gravel road but even that part had water features and views and geology to look at. We did the more boring gravel road part first then came back on the Rainbow Falls and Mossy Glen trails on the way back. There were some seriously interesting obstacles (giant rock drop offs etc) to navigate on the Rainbow Falls trail but they are appropriate for a moderate hike in proper footwear.

Very highly recommended. A nice save from our original plans which were in the Mohonk Preserve which has the nerve to charge 15 dollars PER HIKER to go into their land. I'm sure it's a lovely place but that's a very luxurious asking price for a hike.

Very nice. It’s not necessarily a “hike” (more like a nice stroll) but you get to see pretty waterfalls and forest. I think this would be a great walk for families with kiddos.

Super easy trail-good for families with children and older folk. Beautiful views of the lake!

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1 month ago

This is a great trail that combines waterfalls with incredible views on ledges (as part of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail). I took Jenny Lane to Rainbow Falls until just after Litchfield Ledge and went back down to Upper Awosting. Had to go down in elevation before I could make it to Castle Point Carriage Road because thunder clouds rolled in and my hair was standing up and trek pole was humming (be aware there's no shelter on a few parts of this trail as you'll be walking along exposed ridges).

Wouldn't recommend bringing dogs on this one, there's a few rock scrambles that I can't see any dogs navigate, you'd probably have to somehow hoist and carry them. There's also one section that is very narrow and steep as you descend to the source of Rainbow Falls and you'll need to cling to rock and trees. When the rains are heavy some of the paths will get washed out and the streams and falls become very hard to navigate. When it's dry the falls become a bit anemic. If you don't mind the effort go when it's been raining a lot for the best views.

Great time

We hiked this on July 4th. It wasn't too busy. The falls we're beautiful. The path was very well marked. We took Mossy Glen to Blueberry Hill to Jenny Lane and then got on the Rainbow Falls trail. On the way back we took a carriage road.

Awesome trail! I wouldn’t call it a “hike” because the trail is so well groomed and the terrain is very easy to navigate. Beautiful series of waterfalls.

Cliff and lake views- nice

This is not my favorite trail. It’s not really in the woods and there isn’t much sun cover. Stony kill falls is beautiful and so is the lake. The wolf jaw connection is poorly marked to enter and then once you’re in it’s poorly marked to follow. Without gps and the map I would not have known what to follow. But hey, there’s a lot to appreciate about the lake. It’s warm (relatively) and you can catch the occasional nudist. The stony kill falls were the highlight of the hike.

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2 months ago

Awesome trails. Just avoid the carriageway (boring to hike) – you can catch trails all the way instead.

Also note that the trail to the falls may be cut off after plentiful rain, but it's still worth it just for the Mossy Glen section (immediate left off carriageway at parking lot).

5 stars for great views! Nice easy trail, waterfalls were full and beautiful today!

Falls were flowing well today. Easy for children. Did find a tick on my sons shoe so be watchful.

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