Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Huge, gorgeous, and often very crowded state park about 25 minute drive from the church.
The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a 22,275-acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County. There are 16 moderate trails in the Preserve ranging from 2 to 15.2 miles and from 337 to 2,250 feet above sea level. (Information provided by AllTrails.com)
A lake on top of the mountain. Great place to hike, picnic, walk around, or even swim in the lake!
Reviewers say "Great for hiking dates, family trips , meditation, photography and dog walks." Another reviewer writes "What a Fantastic spot to visit, if you're up for a ~2hr hike up, then 2-3 down. not for the faint of heart. make sure you have gear, water and snacks. the views are totally worth…
Minnewaska is a beautiful state park with lakes, waterfalls, trails to explore. Check the website for detailed info on trails.
“This historic hotel and the grounds around it are super special. There are many beautiful hikes on the grounds, and the hotel has an award-winning spa where one can book a massage without being a guest! There are also incredible restaurants, worth the splurge. If you go, take advantage of gaining access, and spend an entire day exploring!”
“If you are hiking or climbing near the Gunks, get your schnitzel on at this unique German favorite. Guaranteed to be a nice change of pace.”
“Feast your senses on some of the Hudson Valley’s most amazing mountains, trails, forests, lakes and adventure.”
“Our favorite local grocery. There is nice indoor and outdoor seating if you're stopping to get a snack. ”