Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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.

1 hour ago

Did this trail and went off trail for the ice caves. Amazing experience and views around every corner. Must see ice caves and waterfall

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10 days ago

Went on a rainy and foggy day but still very beautiful.

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12 days ago

Love this trail! Beautiful views, ice caves are awesome and the falls are amazing. I would rate this hike as moderate, not very hard at all unless a little rock scrambling isn't your thing. Definitely recommend this hike.

16 days ago

One of my favorite places to hike such beautiful views.

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17 days ago

This is a great hike. Different types of terrain and vegetation to see re growing, especially after the fire. There are other trails I'll be back to do. I somehow stop my recorder at one point but did around 10.5 miles.

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22 days ago

I can't say enough about Sam's Point Preserve - from the overlook, the ice caves, Indian Rock, Verkeerder Kill Falls, all of it. It's just an amazing place to explore, whether in whole or in sections. I've been here 4 times in the last month and continue to look forward to going back and exploring. The Falls trail just reopened last week after being closed for more than a year due to the fire in 2016. It does not disappoint - the trail is amazing itself and the falls are spectacular. Great place to rest and soak your feet after all your efforts!

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