Minnewaska State Park Preserve is found in the Shawangunk Mountain range in Ulster County, New York. It occupies some challenging, rocky terrain that shouldn't be underrated by visiting hikers. This preserve is a photographer's dream with several waterfalls, three lakes, multiple patches of dense forests, and miles upon miles of hiking and carriage paths.
Also offered are several options for recreation including swimming, scuba diving, cycling, and rock climbing. An exceptionally dog-friendly park, Minnewaska State Park Preserve provides an excellent opportunity to escape city life and breathe in some fresh air. For guests who'd like to stay the night, Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground.
Initially built in the 1970s, this area provides a primitive camping experience while maintaining certain modern amenities. The tent sites are all adjacent to circulation trails, as well as complimentary bath and restroom facilities. In addition to these sites, 24 drive-in sites exist for recreational vehicles. These sites can accompany up two tents or one car in addition to a camper or trailer and are located right next to a complimentary dump station.
Feel free to bring along your canine, provided they're on a leash during your stay. Hikers can explore the over 50 miles of multi-use trails. These paths are open to foot traffic and cyclists alike, so make sure to watch out for any incoming individuals as you walk around. If you're bringing your dog, make sure you're taking care of any messes they might be leaving behind.
When hitting these trails on a bike, remember that cyclists in the state of New York are required by law to wear safety equipment. Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers educational programming throughout the year. The classes are almost always free, and usually, center around conservation and plant identification. For more info, you can contact their central offices at (845)-255-0032.