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  Patrick hiking at Lake Minnewaska
by moiraistyx

At least once a week you can find me and Patrick hiking the trails in this glorious state park. The trails vary in length, when Patrick is with me I generally take the red trail. It runs around Lake Minnewaska providing great views from the cliff and the base. Depending on which way you start, you can finish with a refreshing dip at the swimming area of the lake. The trails here are said to be the best in New York. I agree. The trails are dog friendly, they just ask that you clean up after Fido. Be aware that children will want to pet your dog, so if it isn't friendly you should just keep it home for this walk.

Minnewaska State Park is definitely one of the most beautiful attractions in the Hudson Valley. the scenery is to die for and their is bountiful outdoor activities to chose from. There's hiking, biking, rock climbing, horse back riding, swimming, snow shoeing, skiing, etc. All you need here is the right equipment and you are set to go. Here's some general information about the activities offered.

BICYCLING - permitted on miles of scenic carriageways.
BOATING - car top boats permitted on Lake Minnewaska subject to issuance of a permit.
HIKING - permitted on trails and carriageways.
HORSEBACK RIDING - permitted on carriageways subject to permit.
HUNTING - is permitted in certain areas subject to restrictions.
PICNICKING - permitted in designated areas.
SCUBA DIVING - by certified divers is permitted in Lake Minnewaska.
SKIING - is permitted on all carriageways.
SWIMMING - in designated areas at Lake Awosting and Lake Minnewaska.
ROCK CLIMBING - at the Peter's Kill Area which is located one mile east of the main park entrance, on the north side of route 44/55 opposite Lyons Road

There is a $8.00 per vehicle parking fee. I suggest coming early in the summer months since the lots fill up quickly.

Address: New Paltz, New York 12561
Directions: Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection of Route 299, near New Paltz, New York
othercontact: (845) 255-2011
Phone: (845) 255-0752

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  • Updated May 11, 2010
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