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ATTENTION VISITORS: Lake Minnewaska swimming area will open from beyond the 3 foot rope, the shallow section will remain closed. Please be advised that the treatment of the leeches had a limited effect on reducing the population of leeches. Bathers should use caution and their own judgment when entering the water. The lake has also reopened for boating, scuba diving and the Distance Swimming, these users should also be aware. We will be trying this opening option on a trial basis for a week since no health issue is present.The Lake Awosting swimming area is open and without issue. Thank you for your cooperation.

TRAIL CLOSURES: The Hamilton Point Carriage Road Restoration Project will continue throughout the 2014 season and  will be closed to all users seven days a week for the duration of this project.

Castle Point Carriage Road is closed  at the intersection of Castle Point Carriage Road and the Rainbow Falls Footpath from the eastern approach and it will be closed at the intersection of Lake Awosting Carriage Road from the western approach. 

Castle Point is open from Lake Minnewaska to Castle point only, visitors will not be able to make the loop through the Battlements Terrace section which is also scheduled for restoration.  Access to Lake Awosting will be via Upper Awosting or Lower Awosting Carriage Roads.   

Please plan your visit accordingly and review the trail closures map. 

June 2014 Public Program Brochure

Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City.

Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, scuba-diving, rock-climbing, bouldering, boating and marveling at the scenery. Horseback riding and cross-country ski trails are available as well. Technical Rock Climbing permitted.  

Must See!
Peregrine falcons: The species disappeared from NY in the 1960s, but are now back in this park!
Carriage Road restoration work continues throughout the park preserve. Thank you for your cooperation and support of restoring the historic carriage road network at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. If you would like to make a donation for the carriage road restoration work please contact the Palisades Parks Conservancy.  

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve opens daily at 9:00AM and closing times vary throughout the year. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $8 per car. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise. Minnewaska State Park Preserve consists of approximately 21,000 acres of wild and scenic land located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection with Route 299 in Gardiner, New York.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 893 New Paltz, NY 12561


Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings, camping, picnic or bathing areas or on walkways. PLEASE NOTE: Pets are NOT permitted on the cross-country ski trails when they are groomed and open for cross-country skiing only.

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Contact Information 5281 Route 44-55
Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Phone: (845) 255-0752
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