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Park Updates:
The Blueberry Run and High Peterskill footbridges, lost during Hurricane Irene, were replaced earlier this year. The Mossy Glen foot bridge replacement is nearly complete and currently open to foot traffic.

The Hamilton Point Carriage Road project is underway, and the restoration will continue throughout the 2014 season. The completion date will be largely dependent on weather conditions. Hamilton Point Carriage Road will be closed to all users for the duration of this project, which includes the winter season. Thank you.

Attention Visitors:
Minnewaska is currently only open for hiking due to snow and icy conditions. Excessive muddy conditions will follow the snow and ice melt, continuing to restrict the trails to hiking only. Please call the park office at 845-255-0752 for updates as to when biking will be open. Thank you for your cooperation.

Did You Know?
Native Americans used to use the valleys east of the Shawangunk Ridge to grow maize.

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, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 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.  

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.  
*New Climbing Area Information: We are proud to announce the opening of the Dickie Barre, an expansion to the existing climbing area. The Dickie Barre cliffs are located within the Peterskill Area, and can be accessed by the Bull Wheel and High Peter's Kill Trails. A preliminary access trail system has been installed and flagged. A final trail system will be blazed after routes are defined and any necessary modifications made. Please use the access trails provided for travelling between different sections of the Dickie Barre. Please limit your impact while enjoying the area, and adhere to all signage.

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 $8 per car. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise. Minnewaska State Park Preserve consists of approximately 21,000 acres of wild and scenic land located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection with Route 299 in Gardiner, New York.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 893 New Paltz, NY 12561


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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Contact Information 5281 Route 44-55
Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Phone: (845) 255-0752
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