With origins dating back to 1963, Mohonk Preserve has long been a place of recreation, reflection, and restoration. Today, Mohonk Preserve protects and manages over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and other unique environments.
Enjoy scenic beauty, outdoor activities, and peace and quiet at the Mohonk Preserve, where carriage roads and trails are perfectly maintained for hiking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Mohonk Preserve is also one of the most visited climbing and bouldering destinations in North America.
The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a 21,106-acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, scuba-diving, rock-climbing, bouldering, boating and marveling at the scenery. Horseback riding and cross-country ski trails are available as well. Technical Rock Climbing is permitted.
Pets are not permitted on cross-country ski trails during winter season.
A multi-use, natural surface trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. One of America’s ten most iconic rail trails, its 22 miles offers unsurpassed vistas, quiet arbors, ever-chilly caverns and a variety of bridges spanning rivers and gorges.
Passing through orchards, organic farms, lakes, rivers and streams, it also links villages and towns including the Historic Huguenot District in New Paltz, the towns of Gardiner and Rosendale and ending near the historic Stockade District in the City of Kingston. Trail users will discover a wide variety of birds, wildlife, unique 19th century industrial historic sites as well as stunning views of the Shawangunk Ridge, Wallkill River and the Rondout Creek.
Sam’s Point is located on the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains, in the most southerly section of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. It is home to Lake Maratanza, one of the five Shawangunk sky lakes; Verkeerder Kill Falls, a spectacular 187 foot high waterfall; Ellenville Fault Ice Caves, the largest known open fault in the United States with corresponding ice caves to explore; cliffs and numerous scenic vistas. All of these features are accessible to hikers via an approximately 14-mile network of old roads and footpaths. Visitors can enjoy hiking, picnicking, deer hunting, nature observation, dog walking and a direct immersive experience within an incredible natural environment.
Poets' Walk Park features two miles of trails through woods and rolling meadows with rustic cedar pavilions, footbridges, and benches. The park is buffered on all sides by 780 acres of private lands under conservation easements that ensure the landscape's protection from development. In the mid-19th Century, German-born landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers fashioned a series of "outdoor rooms" on the property using stands of foliage and stone walls to break up the landscape, which includes rolling meadows, forests, and a ravine. Ehlers also created a shaded, streamside path, dubbed Poets' Walk in honor of Washington Irving and other literary figures who reputedly strolled here.
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail are located in Highland, NY. The Walkway is a pedestrian pathway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway State Park is open year-round, weather conditions permitting (closed in the event of lightning or ice).
The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a paved 4-mile east–west rail trail stretching from the Hudson River through the hamlet of Highland. The trail was originally part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route, a rail corridor that crossed the Hudson via the Poughkeepsie Bridge—the bridge that later became the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Hudson River: Sojourner Truth-Ulster Landing Park; Esopus Meadows Park; Kingston Point Beach; Rondout Waterfront; Bob Shepard Park, Sleightsburg Park; Village of Glasco-wastewater treatment facility; Village of Malden-wastewater treatment facility; Tina Chorvas Memorial Waterfront Park; Charles Rider Park.
Wallkill River: Ulster County Fairgrounds; Springtown Road Boat Launch; Plains Road Boat Launch-at Water Street.
Black Creek: Chodikee Lake; Black Creek Preserve, Esopus.
Rondout Creek: Creek Locks Road; High Falls-Central Hudson Facility.
Lakes & Ponds: Alder Lake; Chodikee Lake; Lake Minnewaska; Tillson Lake; Upper Pond-Kenneth L. Wilson Campsite.