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Mine Kill State Park

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161 Mine Kill State Park
North Blenheim, NY 12131
Latitude 42.433609
Longitude -74.467651

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Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Providing good fishing opportunities, the lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye, and has several other species, including bass and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.

Minekill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost to anyone. Swim lessons are taught in the summer months--please contact the park office for details. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the parks 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts sessions of the Headwaters Soccer Camp in its regulation sized athletic fields. League play is also welcome.

Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. A separate parking area, 1/4 miles south of the parks' main entrance, provides access to the overlook viewing platforms, as well as the Long Path hiking trail to the lower falls and beyond. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

A boating permit is no longer needed to access the Blenheim-Gilboa Lower Reservoir at Mine Kill State Park. Every boater is required to wash their boat using the park's hot water boat wash station before and after entering the reservoir, and sign in at the park office or ticket booth. The boat launch is open from 7:30 am to 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 7:30am to 3pm during May and September. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

In the fall bow hunting for deer is allowed by permit only. Hunting permits are issued by the New York Power Authority via a lottery system. Please call the Power Authority Visitor Center for more details.

Have you ever played disc golf?
If not, come out to Mine Kill State Park to learn all about this incredibly popular sport! Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf, with each player starting from a tee area in order to reach a target in the fewest strokes possible. However, disc golfers use a variety of plastic discs instead of a ball and clubs, and try to get the disc to land in an elevated metal basket called a "pole-hole." Both driving and putting discs may be rented at the Mine Kill pool office with a $5 deposit/$1 fee per disc. A variety of discs, golf bags, towels and other great gear may be purchased at the brand new MKDGC Pro Shop located at the park office. The first hole begins next to the pool parking area in the open ball field. Please sign the register at the information kiosk and pick up a scorecard for whichever layout you decide to play.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas.

Mailing Address
PO Box 923 North Blenheim, NY 12122

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round.

    January 1-May 13: 7:30am-4pm
    May 14-June 24: 7:30am-6pm
    Memorial Day-Labor Day: 7:30am-8pm
    September 6-October 10: 7:30am-6pm
    Winter Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • 2016 Swimming Season: 6/25 - 9/5, 10 am - 6 pm, daily

  • Boating: Spring-Fall seasons.
  • Cross Country Skiing & Snowmobiling : During winter season - on designated trails only.
  • Disc Golf: Year Round (weather permitting)

    Disc rentals available
  • Mine Kills Falls: Memorial Day to Labor Day: 7:30am-8:00pm
    Winter: Dawn to Dusk, weather permitting
  • Picnicking: Available year round (weather permitting)
    Picnic Shelter/Tents: 5/1 - 10/31. 1 shelter with electric and water. Reservations begin Jan. 1.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Mid-Level Pavilion: $50/day
    Tent (20' x 20') - North of pool: $25/day
    Tent (20' x 20') - South of pool: $25/day
    Tent (20' x 20') - Lower level: $25/day

  • Disc Golf
  • $1 disc rentals

    -plus $5 disc deposit
  • Ice Skating (winter)
  • $2 ice skate rentals
  • Sledding (winter)
  • $1 sled rentals
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • No fee

Additional Documents


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Highlights of Mine Kill State Park:

  • Mine Kill State Park is the namesake of Mine Kill Falls, the signature, 80-foot terraced waterfall that regularly mesmerizes visitors to the park. Mine Kill Falls feature a scenic hiking trail (part of the Long Path) from the parking lot down to its base. In addition, visitors get to enjoy a bird's eye view of the waterway along the platforms near the top of the trail.
  • Hikers will thoroughly enjoy Mine Kill's 8 miles of trails, including a 4-mile segment of Long Path, a 350-mile long, marked foot path that runs from the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ, to the village of Altamont, NY (west of Albany). The Long Path links together several state, county and town parks on its journey along the Hudson, through the Catskills and toward the Adirondacks.
  • Mine Kill State Park also boasts an all-access boat ramp into the New York Power Authority's incredible Blenheim-Gilboa reservoir. Guests at the park are welcome to bring motorboats, canoes and kayaks on the water. Fish such as walleye, trout and rock bass are abundant in both the Upper and Lower reservoirs. All boaters must sign in at the park office.
  • Mine Kill's Olympic-size pools has drawn swimmers to the park for decades. School groups and the general public are encouraged to hone their swimming abilities by taking lessons with a certified Water Safety Instructor between the end of June and Labor Day. The pool also hosts amazing park events like Summer Fest and the Nature Tent.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!


Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Mine Kill's Bird Watcher's Checklist is available here

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Mine Kill State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you’ll be visiting.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Respect other visitors and their experience. Avoid excessive noise.
  • Share the trail. Keep to the right except to pass. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way. Warn people when you are planning to pass.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!


Ask a Naturalist!

Q: When is the best time for deer to shed their horns so that they can be collected?

A: According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, male deer usually produce their first set of antlers at one year of age. Antler size generally increases with age, although genetics, food quality and health play important roles as well. Bucks shed their antlers in the winter following the rut. Usually when the last snow thaws and before leaves and underbrush bud in the spring is the most ideal time to scavenge for shed antlers.

Q: What is "HWA" and how did it arrive at Mine Kill State Park?

A: "HWA" stands for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an aphid-like insect native to Asia that was originally identified in Virginia in the 1950's. HWA has since spread virtually unharmed throughout Eastern Hemlock groves up and down the east coast, and continues to pose a terrible threat to one of the most important tree species of the eastern hardwood forest. HWA was originally identified at Mine Kill in 2011 and fortunately, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has developed a mitigation system to help save the majority of the park's afflicted hemlocks from the invasive pest.


Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? Mine Kill State Park and the Schoharie Valley boast one of the highest nesting bald eagle populations in New York State. Take a hike along one of the many trails within the park and you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of our national bird.

- DID YOU KNOW? The Schoharie Creek is home to the oldest tree fossils in the world. These prehistoric plants discovered along the banks of the creek in 1850 date back to the Devonian Period, when an inland sea existed here approximately 380 million years ago.


Bow hunting for deer is permitted at Mine Kill State Park. Mine Kill's hunting program is administered by the New York Power Authority. NYPA issues a maximum of 100 permits to licensed bow hunters who have completed the shooting competency portion of the bow hunter education process.

At Mine Kill, hunters can hunt outside of the developed park grounds and on acres of NYPA managed property; hunters must park in designated parking areas – described in detail to hunters when they receive their permit from NYPA. To inquire about getting a bow hunting permit, please contact the New York Power Authority at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center by calling: 518-827-6121.


Sat 22 Oct
Haunted House
Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

It' finally here! One of our favorite events to do is back again to make your hair stand up! Join us at the New York Power Authority for the haunted house. This year's theme will be a fun one– it's based on YOUR community. You'll enter into the spooky town of North Blenheim, then make your way through Lansing Manor. Take a stroll through Max V. Shaul's campsite, but watch out for those zombies! Find your courage to walk through the corn field and graveyard, and then get ready to face your fears through the forests of Mine Kill. At the end of the house, you'll reach the pumpkin patch, where every child can pick their own pumpkin! You don't want to miss this event, and better yet—it's free!

Sat 22 Oct
Glow Golf
Saturday, October 22, 2016 06:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Grab your discs and your flashlights, we're playing glow golf! Join the Mine Kill staff and local disc golfers for a round of glow golf on the Mine Kill Disc Golf course. You'll be provided glow tape to stick on your discs for easy finds. Baskets will have glow sticks wrapped around them so you can see your target all the way from the tee pads. We'll play the course in it's full with only our glow tape and flashlights. Test your disc throwing skills at this awesome night time event! Pre-registration is not required. This event is free to the public

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Educational Services
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible) * Tent rentals also available.
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Powerboats
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing