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.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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.

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always a favorite. it has a big impact on the love of the local landscape.

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24 days ago

It was breathtaking and I can't wait to take my 13 year old

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1 month ago

Love this trail! Exposed cliffs at the top are amazing! Only thing I do not like about this trail is that the trail is more of a carriage road for quite a bit, and I much prefer a thinner trail. However, great hike! Not strenuous, and a good hike for beginner to intermediate.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Seems like great little hike if falls and caves were open. Still nice hike but don't travel the 2 hours from city (as we did) until these attractions open. Happy climbing

1 month ago

Hiked this trail 4/15/17 and the trail leading to the ice caves was taped off. Significantly reduced length of trail, and entire portion that was open was paved. Beautiful views nonetheless, and neat water feature, but as it stands now until the ice caves trail reopens, this is an extremely easy outdoor stroll.

1 month ago

Fantastic views!

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2 months ago

some of the best hiking in hudson valley right here! great memories :)

2 months ago

Went here over the summer. Breathtaking views. The ice caves were amazing! The hike to the falls was forever changing, from sandy to rocky to water, then dense, etc. It is a long hike to the falls but well worth the hike! If you love a challenge and nature then this is a must do! This is my #1 favorite and I have been on a lot of hikes over the years.

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3 months ago