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Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area

Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cragsmoor, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 994 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Cave

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

Closed

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This trail is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/193 Note: $10 a day to park at the visitors center. [Trail Notice: The Ice Caves Trail closes for the winter season. It re-opens in the spring when conditions allow for patron safety.] This 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 and caves. The air in the Caves tends to get trapped, keeping the inside cold enough for snow to stay through July. Along the way you will also hike up and to the top of the many cliffs in the area. Views are stunning! Check out the views of High Point Monument in NJ, the Hudson Valley, as well as the Catskills and Roundout Valley. As you trek the trail, you will also pass the Verkeerder Kill Falls and the Old Berry Picker Shacks from the days when this area was known and harvested for its wild blueberries.

Bathroom at Trail head. This is a 100% carry in/carry out facility and park.

Nature Conservancy: 845-647-7989

Opens at 9 AM. Be there early for guaranteed parking. Water, snacks, shoes you don't mind dirtying. $10 parking fee.

From Wurtsboro and Rt17. Take Rt. 209 North to Ellenville. Once in Ellenville make a right onto Rt. 52. Take Rt. 52 up mountain. Make a right onto Cragsmore Rd. Take Cragsmore to Sam's Point Rd. Make a right onto Sam's Point Rd and go to the end.

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jason Falcone
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HikingNo shade

Very exposed trail with very little natural water sources so beware if you bring a dog. Bring lots of water and don’t go when it’s warm

jason Falcone
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HikingNo shade

Very exposed trail with very little natural water sources so beware if you bring a dog. Bring lots of water and don’t go when it’s warm

Samantha Garcia
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HikingRocky

Great trail, just have on heavy duty hiking shoes. I loved the end you are on top looking at the waterfall. It is super rocky, I would recommend for expierenced people and athletic kids. It is a bit of a trek but it is so worth it.

Robert Gibson
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Hiking

Trails closed

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Mei Yu
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Hiking

Amazing place ....We went there three times in winter.... look Spectacular in winter specially after snow!!! one time with the big snow storm arrived at 1pm.. we had to rush down in half hour from the lake...another time after snow, the ice trees are all sparkling under the sun.. lovely

Alexis Vesey
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Hiking

Sam’s Point, the falls, and the ice caves are still closed off. Was still an awesome hike! Managed to wander onto a side trail and accidentally ended up hiking in some of the closed-off sections. Bring sunscreen if your making a day out of this hike. There’s very little shade if you’re doing the 8 mile loop.

Ankita Das
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Hiking

This is an awesome short hike with great views. Highly recommend ti reserve a spot or go as early as possible to get a parking spot

Rosslyn Ortega
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! All the trails are closed but beautiful area with lots to see.

JODY HILL
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Walking

Awesome hike to sam’s point with beautiful views

Aideen Frances
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HikingClosedOver grown

Loved this hike! All the trails were closed off but it’s a beautiful area with lots to see. Wasn’t to hard or steep.

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Alejandro Robles
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HikingRocky

Great trail, I love the full loop and saving the waterfalls for the end. The ice caves are still closed, I would advise coming here early on a weekday to avoid people. Indian head rock has great views of the Catskills (Slide Mountain) and the Lake would be the first stop if going counter clockwise. The waterfall was amazing after a few days of rainfall. No guards or handrails so be careful as always and follow any health safety measures during this pandemic. Parking is free as of now.

Andréa Lissét
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

5 stars for the falls hike! I got there early. At 8:20 am not realizing when they opened. Trying to beat the crowd but there was already a line. So it was a little too peopley for me. Lots of “families” children, dogs, etc so if that’s not your thing.. go later. They close at 7. The caves are still closed but the falls were beautiful and the views were very clear.

David Ling
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arrived around 12pm, on may 3rd, lot was full, workers blocked off the lot, told me to turn around and look for new trail, you cant park on the side of the road or you will get towed. i didnt give up, just kept looping back around untill another car comes out, so once another car leaves the lot, your able to park your car. If you decide to come late, theres more and more people leaving the parking lot, so no worrys about the parking. The ice caves are still closed, theres a big locked gate of the entrance, definitely cant get through the locked gate. Hiked to the falls and all the way to high point, when hiking to the falls, your gonna get wet, have extra foot wear in the car, finished the trail in 3 hours. lots of family and children, if you go late, seems to be less people, overall, great scenic hike, enjoyed it.

Fbrz Tscn
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HikingRocky

Arrived at the parking lot at 10 AM, 1h after opening time. Gate was closed and no more cars were let in. The parking lot wasn't full, but it seems part of the effort of limiting the amount of people on the trails during this Covid19 pandemic. Be understanding, they are actually doing it for us. If you want to start the trail from Sam's Point Visitor Center, be there at 8:50. We left the car on I-52 and did the South Mountain Gully path. It's another option but it's more difficult than Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trails and requires 3h30min extra in total (if you are a fit hiker). Unfortunately my Garmin did not record a good GPS trace so I cannot share it, but it's pretty straightforward. Somebody down in the comments shared GPS coordinates for the start of the trail on I-52.

Estela Sharp
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We arrived at 10:30am and the parking lot was full and the man monitoring it said to make new plans and there is no other entrance to the trail. If you’re anything like us and arrived late there is another entrance to see the falls where there is free street parking. It’s the South Gully Foot Path Green Trail. Getting to the falls was beautiful but bring extra socks or wear GORE-TEX hiking shoes because you are going to get wet.

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Roxanne Lopez
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Hiking

Hiked on 3/24/2020 during Covid Season on a day after a light snowfall however the weather was about 55 degrees and sunny. Trail was moderate to easy but very muddy and slushy conditions so used Yaktrax for most of the hike. Beautiful views of the mountains and a roaring waterfall view. Read on past reviews people hiked and never saw a full flowing water fall. Early spring season would be the best time to hike if you really want to see the water fall. Park info booth was closed but trail was open. Arrive early parking fills up fast.

Monica Toca
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Hiking

Not a review but question. I’m from NJ and I really would like to come here to hike Sunday 5/3/20. Is this possible? I’m reading that it’s open but recommended to come early.

Violetta P
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Cris Costa
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Ali Akhavan
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Hiking

Parking area was full without a managed line and there's no road-side parking for a few miles. I'd recommend getting in very early if you can! we ended up hiking a nearby hike, yellow trail and old mountain road. The state should manage the line up to this parking.

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