Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York offers breathtaking views from some of the most unique vantage points the Empire State has to offer.
“There’s so many different trails to see,” said Eric Humphrey, superintendent of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. “But the accessibility of some of them, to get to some of these rugged locations via a natural, gradual carriage road is a very unique experience.”
At Minnewaska State Park Preserve, you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete to make that hike. “You’re talking 10-foot-wide gravel paths through the woods are the easier trails,” Humphrey said. “There are more rugged trails that are more the foot trails. But if people are out for a leisurely stroll, the carriage rolls can really get people out.”
It’s situated on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge and surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. With more than 60 miles of trails, “further up” may eventually mean 2,000 feet above sea level.