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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Closes in 9 min: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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A wonderful place for a stroll!

Blessed with great weather, my family was able to walk around the lake. It was an easy "hike" with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Donna D
Great place for hikers and bikers

There are 2 main attractions in the minnewaska state park. The awosting fall and the minnewaska... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
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“awosting falls”(31 reviews)
“carriage roads”(20 reviews)
“great hiking”(20 reviews)
Formerly the grounds of a hotel, this park offers stunning vistas and uncrowded trails.
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5281 Route 44 55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446-3545
+1 845-255-0752
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend the Gertrude's Nose hike! The trails were very well signed. Be aware that on a beautiful fall day during peak leaf peeping time, the park will be packed and you most likely will have to park at the base parking and hike...More

Thank Jess_the_TravelBug
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blessed with great weather, my family was able to walk around the lake. It was an easy "hike" with nice views. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to enjoy our walk in the woods. There are several spots that would be great for a...More

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Beautiful park, but it was so overcrowded we had to leave and lost our $10. There was no place to park, and the porta potties were overflowing and disgusting. There should be a limit to how many people can enter in the fall.They are supposed...More

2  Thank brmNY
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

There are 2 main attractions in the minnewaska state park. The awosting fall and the minnewaska lake. If you are going there in the summer then you can have a swim under the awosting falls or take a hike along the trapps trail. The second...More

1  Thank R K
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Took our 8 month granddaughter on the Red Loop trail around the Lake. Fantastic views around every curve/switchback. Moderate walk with a lot to see in an easy hike.

Thank doctorlon
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Carriage roads are wide, with gravel beds, so the only real exertion is elevation. My wife and I did the Lake Minnewaska carriage road, with a 32% elevation, and did fine. We also loved the Beacon Hill carriage road (17% elevation), and the the wonderful...More

1  Thank Akalith
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Minnewaska is hands-down my favorite park in NYS! I hesitate to share its secret, but everyone needs to see it! My recommendation for the perfect day is as follows: Located off Exit 18 from I-87, stop in New Paltz (Subway or a deli) for sandwiches...More

1  Thank Table42
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Just go! We were undecided about stopping here on a trip through the Catskills, but so glad we did. The waterfalls are gorgeous. We weren't sure if we could do the hike, as my husband is a stroke survivor, so we were pleasantly surprised to...More

Thank chamberlincrew
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Went here on a Sunday afternoon. Walked about 7 miles total. Great trails of all different levels. Places to swim. We walked from lake Minnewaska to lake awosting. Wanted to start from Sam's point but parking was full.

Thank pat9doerr11
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Lake Minnewaska in the Catskills is a beaut! The lake itself is tranquil and visually pleasing as far as the eye can see. It has a nice little area for swimming or just relaxing by. The carriage trails are double wide, very suitable for biking...More

1  Thank geojgervasi
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5 November 2018|
Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
The park is open, trails might be closed for hiking due to snow, but there is snowshoeing. The trail around the lake can be done in an hour.
28 August 2018|
Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
The web site lists the period during which parking fees are collected, although it lists 2017 dates. One would expect that 2018 would be similar. If so, that would mean that currently the fee would be collected starting at... More
14 August 2018|
Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
I'm not really an expert on Uber/Lyft in the MHV, but I would expect it would be pretty straightforward to get from the train station to the park. Returning is probably also pretty straightforward, but you're probably going... More