Explore the most popular trails near New Paltz with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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5 of us did the rock scramble and then over to Table Rock, had a blast, well marked and it happened to be a beautiful day. My boyfriend even asked me to Marry him that day at Table Rock!!!! :) Oh and I said Yes!!!!

We parked in a small lot at the end of Pine road. The trail to the pond is an old carriage road and is wheelchair accessible. The trail around the pond is uneven and narrow and would not be accessible to wheelchairs, but will be fine for children and people with minor difficulties walking.

We didn't see any ducks, but we did see a truly massive old snapping turtle rooting around in the lake shallows, as well as a green frog and some birds darting around over the surface of the lake. A number of friendly Mohonk Preserve volunteers were there, walking their dogs or just enjoying the late-afternoon light.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike, beautiful day. Lots of little trails. You can just wander around and explore. We went up to the tower. It was quite windy at the tower. We had a free pass otherwise its $21 per person.

Great to see the bald eagle soaring above the lake.

Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike to the top of Skytop Mountain. The ascent is steady, but moderate, and it provides great views of Mohonk Lake and Mohonk Mountain House from the beginning. There are several gazebos on the way up, which provide nice resting spots to catch your breath and enjoy the view. At the top, there is a stone tower that provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside, including the Walkill River Valley and the Catskills. There are several cliffs very near the trail, so I would not recommend this trail to people with a fear of heights.

4 months ago

Just a warning, if you aren’t staying at the hotel, the hike is a little longer. They have you starting at the entrance to the preserve. But it’s worth it for the scenery and awesome views.

$21 per person to park!!

This is a nice trail with great views all around

walking
7 months ago

Very easy way to get around Mohonk.

Nice trail you can pick up the pace on if you choose... marked well... super view from the rocks

9 months ago

Why don't you let people know it's 21$ per person, and a 1,5mile walk to the start? I wanted to take my grandmother there and we were excited.

Loved it, some parts a bit bumpy, still a great ride
Bridge over the Wallkill River is closed for repairs, will have to make a trip back:)

I went up the opposite direction and it wasn't too bad of a climb. The overcliff trail was mostly human made paths but the rest of it was though. I did this in about 2hrs and 30 minutes.

Great stretch of trails perfect for gravel grinding. Bring hiking boots there's plenty to explore off the trails.

Started at trestle at Rosedale and headed south. Very nice flat walk although a bit buggy. Beautiful relaxing walk.

11 months ago

I absolutely loved it. You Park at the gate house and walk in. Adds about 4 miles to the hike (there and back) but it felt great. Mohonk is beautifully kept. Not strenuous at all, a couple inclines nothing bad. I went nice and early today and I had the hike to myself! It is $21.00 per person but if you have Mohonk Preserve membership it is $10.00

One of the things that truly makes New Paltz special. A must experience for any visitor!

11 months ago

52 $ for parking and 2 people for 40 minutes walk. seriously?

hiking
11 months ago

Thought this would be a shorter hike bringing my 6 yr old. Ended up being 6 miles round trip from parking. Very pretty up top though.

Beautiful and scenic hike during the fall months. A must !!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Some trials are a little difficult for a short while. I start hiking from the bottom entrance for a better workout. Most people travel from the resort but plenty of trails are around if you look.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

I did a 22 mile round trip from New Paltz to north of Rosendale. Nice flat ride but one bridge was blocked and parts were muddy. The best part was the Rosendale trestle which has nice views.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Easy trail even in the rain. If this is your first time, this is a good trail to practice with

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moderate trail. Easy on the way out but moderate on the way back. A few steep and long inclines. Nice trail in woods and through fields​.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great hike
Went with my kids 13 year old and my 1-1/2 year old in his carrier. We started from the visitors center did an 8 mile loop. Beautiful spring weather.

Absolutely beautiful enjoyed seeing people climbing the rocks nice to take a bike ride sow people with their dogs

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very easy trail. I ended up going on the weekend and it was ~$30/person to go hike! But it was worth it since I rarely go up to these parts. There are a couple trails in this area, so it's hard to tell where you are some times. But all trials either lead to the top where that tower is or the bottom, where the lake is. Basically the short cuts are difficult, and straight up the mountain, but you can take the easy long way. You could probably take a motorized wheelchair up those easy paths if it had some tread. I would only go here if you had family from out of town. There are bathrooms, and a hotel and benches, so everyone can participate. If it were just me on a regular weekend, I wouldn't spend that kind of money.

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