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

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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2 days ago

The ice caves were awesome! The falls there are well worth the 3.5ml round trip, would do them both again

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2 days ago

Logged a little over 11 miles. Saw Sam's Point, the ice caves, the falls, High Point, and the Berry Picker cabins. All together took about 6 hours. Excellent hike. Steep in certain parts with some short rock scrambles-- exhausted at the end of the day, but had a blast.

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4 days ago

This place was incredible. Hiked for 6 hours. Went to sams point then the ice caves. Saw the falls and went to high point. There were still a few more trails I wanted to do but the park closes at 8! Only so much you can walk in one day too! Great hiking trails.

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8 days ago

The ice caves were amazing. The waterfall trail was open today but I didn't have the time.

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9 days ago

We covered about 8 1/2 miles today. The lookout to the ice caves to the waterfall. By the end of the day we were exhausted! By far my favorite hike so far. Trail to the falls was rough...very rocky but the end result, even though there wasn't a lot of water, was breathtaking.

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16 days ago

Covered about 7.9 miles with my two Siberian Huskies.

16 days ago

Outstanding

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