Shawangunk Ridge Trails, New Paltz


Directions:    West on Route 299 (Main Street) from New Paltz exit off NY State Thruway to Routes 44/55.  Right on Rt 44/55.  Mohonk visitors center about half mile on right.  Minnewaska State Prk main entrance about 5 mile on left; Peterskill entrance to Park about 3 miles on right.

Trail Information:   Over 50 miles of trails (groomed gravel carrage roads to hiking trails on interconnected lands of NY Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve (cliffs widely know to rock climbers as the Gunks), and Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Preserve (Nature Conservancy).  Info on Trails available at Peak Performance Sports on Main street in New Paltz; Mohonk Preserve Trapps Gateway (Route 44/55); Minnewaska State Park entrance (Route 44/55); Sam's Point Preserve (Cragsmoor, NY)

Miscellaneous Information:  State Park has $5 per vehicle entry fee.   Mohonk Preserve has $7 day use fee, and Sam's Point has $5 parking fee.  There are several trail runs (9-15 miles)and a summer trail series (3-5 miles) hosted by the Shawangunk Runners throughout the year.

Paul Muessig