Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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Update: The Castle Point Carriage Road Restoration Project is now complete and open to the public as of Saturday, December 5th.

Restoration of the Castle Point Carriage Road was funded by the Open Space Institute's Alliance for New York State Parks, with support from:

Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky
Butler Conservation Fund
Robert Wilmers
Friends of the Shawangunks  

Please enjoy and respect this wonderful resource.

Update: The Lake Awosting Carriage Road will remain open while work begins on the trail. Patrons are advised to excerise caution and yield to heavy equipment and trucks as necessary. Please see the following map for more detail.

Update 12/29/15: Bicycling, Horseback Riding and Rock Climbing are not permitted due to unsafe winter conditions. Please call the park office with any further inquiries regarding the status of these activities.

Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. 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 on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City.

Visitors can also 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 permitted.  

Must See!
Minnewaska State Park has a Bird Conservation Area. Bring binoculars to see what you can find!

Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area: Sam’s Point Preserve is located on the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains, is the most southerly section of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. To further explore Sam's Point, visit their calendar of events.

NEW - Campground Opening at Minnewaska State Park May 15, 2015

The new Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground provides a high quality, minimalist camping experience for visitors to the breathtaking Shawangunk Mountains. The tent-only campground includes a pavilion and cooking area, bathhouse and restroom facilities, and circulation trails. There are 24 drive-in spots (one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad. Recreational vehicles are not permitted.

Camping will be open May 15, 2015 through mid-November 2015, weather permitting. Reserve your site online today!

The campground, managed cooperatively by the American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve, is located on Route 299 within a five minute drive of the main entrances of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For additional information, please contact the campground at: (845) 255-0032, or visit https://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/gunks-campground

Take Minnewaska's virtual tour!

Group Environmental Education Programs

Carriage Road restoration work continues throughout the park preserve. Thank you for your cooperation and support of restoring the historic carriage road network at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. If you would like to make a donation for the carriage road restoration work, please contact the Palisades Parks Conservancy.  

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens daily at 9:00AM and closing times vary throughout the year. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise. Minnewaska State Park Preserve consists of more than 23,000 acres of wild and scenic land located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection with Route 299 in Gardiner, New York.


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Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings, camping, picnic or bathing areas or on walkways. PLEASE NOTE: Pets are NOT permitted on the cross-country ski trails when they are groomed and open for cross-country skiing only.

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5281 Route 44-55
Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 893
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (845) 255-0752
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