New Paltz, New York

Top Spots in and near New Paltz

  • New Paltz, New York

    Hike Mohonk Preserve's Gatehouse to Skytop Tower

    5.0
    9 mi / 1268 ft gain
    Begin at the intersection of Gatehouse Rd and Mohonk Private Rd. There is a small shoulder to park on here. Begin hiking into the preserve along the gatehouse road. There will be signs stating you need a membership or pass to enter. Don't worry about these, there will be a place on the trail ...
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  • High Falls, New York

    Mohonk Mountain House Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze Hike

    4.5
    Mohonk Mountain House is a historic resort located just outside the Catskills in the Hudson Valley just 90 miles north of New York City. With 85 miles of winding trails throughout the Mohonk Preserve, you'll have endless hiking options upon your arrival.Parking at the Gatehouse is limited, so be ...
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  • High Falls, New York

    Scramble Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

    4.5
    This is not a hike for the inexperienced. There is a very steep rock scramble that has some dangerous section if you are not aware of your footing and positioning. For those up to the challenge, it is extremely rewarding at the top.To start, each person has to pay $12 to access the Monhonk Preser...
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  • 3197 U.S. 44, New York

    Hike to Sky Top via the Undercliff Road

    7.3 mi / 900 ft gain
    Starting from the East Trapps parking area ascend the East Trapps connector trail marked with yellow blazes.  You can also park at the Mohonk Preserve visitor center where you can purchase your access pass ($15 per person) and pick up a free map of the presere trails and carriage roads.  The conn...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Hike the Dickie Barre, Peters Kill and Awosting Falls Loop

    3.0
    7.8 mi
    This loop hike takes you to Awosting Falls (65 ft.), as well as to great  valley views along the ridge of Dickie Barre, and across Peters Kill, on the way.Start out on West Trapps Connector Trail (yellow blazes) at the east end of the West Trapps parking lot (get their early because the lot will ...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Hike The Millbrook Mountain Ridge Trail

    5.0
    7 mi / 1400 ft gain
    Want to walk on the edge? visit Millbrook Mountain in the Catskills of NY. This loops hike follows the mountains ridge line most of the way to the summit with multiple viewpoints and cliff ledges to walk out on. This hike is recommended those in the area.Park at West Trapps Parking Lot and head ...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Hike the Overcliff - Undercliff Road Loop

    5.3 mi / 350 ft gain
    From the West Trapps parking lot ($15 for hikers), walk to the end of the parking lot and past a large kiosk.  The trail connects the parking lot to the Overcliff Road/Undercliff Road junction.  The loop can be done in either direction.  I turned left on the Overcliff Road.  This takes you behind...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Gertrude's Nose

    4.9
    6.97 mi / 919 ft gain
    It would be impossible to see all of Minnewaska’s beautiful spots in one day. Gertrude's Nose is, in my opinion, the best view in the entire park. Round trip, the hike is approximately 5 hours, and is a 7.5 mile trip. To get to the trailhead: Drive to the Minnewaska State Park entrance, pass the...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail

    2.01 mi / 348 ft gain
    Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Kerhonkson, New York.
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Hike the Millbrook Mountain/Gertrude Nose loop

    9 mi / 1700 ft gain
    This great loop hike starts from the upper parking lot of Lake Minnewaska State Park. Walk towards Lake Minnewaska and once on that carriage road, turn left and follow the road to the to the opposite end of the lake. Along the way are great view points of the lake and several picnic areas for day...
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  • Cragsmoor, New York

    Sam's Point, Ice Cave Trail, Verkeerderkill Falls

    4.9
    6.99 mi / 1063 ft gain
    Located in Sam's Point Preserve, this hike has three major attractions – panoramic views from Sam's Point, mysterious and chilly Ice Caves, and a knee-weakening perch atop Verkeerderkill Falls. Pay attention to seasonal conditions before making this trip. Spring and early summer are best for see...
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  • Cragsmoor, New York

    Sam's Point Overlook to Ice Cave Trail

    3.47 mi / 584 ft gain
    Sam's Point Overlook to Ice Cave Trail is an out-and-back trail with scenic views near Lake Maratanza located near Ellenville, New York. This trail is dog friendly on-leash. 
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  • Beacon, New York

    Explore Long Dock and Dennings Point Parks

    4.0
    Long Dock and Dennings Point are two of the most popular parks in Beacon, that just so happen to be connected by a train track turned trail. Plenty of parking is available at Long Dock, and its a perfect spot to picnic, launch your kayak into the Hudson, or cast your line hoping to reel in the bi...
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  • Beacon, New York

    Hudson Highlands Overlook Trail

    3.29 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Hudson Highlands Overlook Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Beacon, New York.
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  • Beacon, New York

    Hike Fishkill Ridge

    Fishkill Ridge is a strenuous but rewarding hike, and one of the less known areas in the Hudson Valley. The parking area is at the very end of Sunnyside Road in Beacon, along with the information board at the trailhead. The red trail leaves the lot and will take you up to the first peak on the ri...
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  • Beacon, New York

    Hike the Scofield Ridge Loop

    7.5 mi / 1850 ft gain
    There are some great view points along this route.  Start from the Mount Beacon Park trailhead parking area.  This leads to the Casino Trail (red markers).  The trail climbs steeply to some old ruins of a casino.  Most of what remains is only the brick structure housing the mechanics for a trolle...
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Camping and Lodging in New Paltz

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Getaway Catskills East

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Guides, Insights and Stories from New Paltz

Chasing Fall: A Day in the Catskills

Chasing Fall: A Day in the Catskills

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5 Reasons to Plan a Summer Getaway to Bear Mountain, New York

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Escape the Bustle of New York City with a Weekend at Bear Mountain

Escape the Bustle of New York City with a Weekend at Bear Mountain

The Outbound Collective

Pursuit Gear Kit 2018

Pursuit Gear Kit 2018

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Trading the Metro for the Mountains: Pursuit New York 2018

Trading the Metro for the Mountains: Pursuit New York 2018

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