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Minnewaska State Park
Copyright: New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Minnewaska State Park
Description - Open year-round, Minnewaska State Park offers sights of the impressive Shawangunk Mountain Ridge that rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level. The terrain is rugged and rocky, blanketed by dense hardwood forest encircling two lakes. Clear streams cut into valleys, incising sheer cliffs and ledges and emerging in waterfalls. This park is a favorite among rock climbing enthusiasts. It also attracts hikers, horseback riders, swimmers, sightseers and more.

Attractions - Minnewaska State Park is situated in Ulster County on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge that rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level. The terrain is rugged and rocky, blanketed by dense hardwood forest encircling two lakes. Clear streams cut into valleys, incising sheer cliffs and ledges and emerging in waterfalls. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing are very popular activities. Visitors also enjoy swimming, picnicking, boating and marveling at the scenery.

Recreation - Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers a swimming beach, hiking trails, equestrian trails, picnicking, recreation programs, cross-country skiing in winter and hunting in season.

Climate - The Minnewaska State Park area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The central Catskills receive the highest precipitation.

Location - Minnewaska State Park is located in the Shawangunk Mountains west of New Palitz along US 44 / SR 55.


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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A friend and I got there at opening, and only encountered a few handfuls of people until noon. It is stunningly beautiful! The Lake Minnewaska circuit was a great little walk for anyone. Looking forward to hiking the park as often as I can this summer!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The weather was perfect.


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Contact Information:
Minnewaska State Park, P.O. Box 893 , New Paltz, NY, 12561, Phone: 845-255-0753

Additional Information:
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Palisades / Catskill Travel Region - Located in southern New York, the Palisades / Catskill Travel Region offers spectacular scenery and countless outdoor opportunities.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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