Max V. Shaul State Park is a small, quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites. The group campsite is available to rent by calling the park office. The park has shady picnic grounds, a pavilion available for rent, a playground and hiking trails. Ball fields are available to use and equipment can be borrowed from the park office at no cost. Fishing access is available at the Schoharie Creek, a short walk from the parking lot through the ball fields.
In the winter, visitors can enjoy ice skating and snowshoeing. Ice skates and snowshoes are available to borrow from the park office at no cost. Please call head or check our Facebook page to make sure the ice rink is open.
While there, also visit Mine Kill State Park, just 9 miles south, to enjoy the beautiful Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, Mine Kill Falls, and miles of trails. Mine Kill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool, and a diving pool available at no cost (courtesy of the New York Power Authority).
Max V. Shaul has one pavilion. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 100 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.
Please Note: Generators may be used from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by staff, use may be limited or prohibited.
Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).
Picnic Shelter: Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend
Reservations accepted starting January 1 by calling the park office.
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
*Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
Walk-in registration fee-$1.25
Seasonal and Non-profit Group camping available, please contact the park for details.
$25 per night for non-profit groups up to 35 people
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Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Highlights of Max V. Shaul State Park:
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For more information, please read our Trail Tips!
Ask a Naturalist!
Q: When is the best time for deer to shed their horns so that they can be collected?
A: According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, male deer usually produce their first set of antlers at one year of age. Antler size generally increases with age, although genetics, food quality and health play important roles as well. Bucks shed their antlers in the winter following the rut, or breeding season. The most ideal time to scavenge for shed antlers is usually when the last snow thaws and before leaves and underbrush bud in the spring.
Did You Know?
- DID YOU KNOW? The Schoharie Creek is home to the oldest tree fossils in the world. These prehistoric plants discovered along the banks of the creek in 1850 date back to the Devonian Period, when an inland sea existed here approximately 380 million years ago.
- CHECK IT OUT! The abandoned section of State Route 30 at Max V. Shaul State Park was originally referred to by local inhabitants as the "Toe Path," due to the fact that the narrowness of the original trail between the sheer cliffs of the mountain and the Schoharie Creek offered only a "toe hold."