Sam's Point Preserve, Cragsmoor

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Sam's Point Preserve, or Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve, is a 4,600-acre (19 km2) preserve in Ulster County on the highest point (2,289 feet [698 m]) of the Shawangunk Ridge in New York, on the Wawarsing, New York-Shawangunk town line. It is owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation after having previously been managed by The Nature Conservancy. Its unique environment features dwarf pitch pine trees along the ridgetop. Located within the park is Lake Maratanza, the highest lake on the ridge, and the Ellenville Fault Ice Caves.

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  • This part of the Minnewaska State Park has 2 easy trails. Not so tiring for beginners. The views are awesome. Worth the trip. Parking is only $10 but should come early (before noon). Parking...  more »
  • This is one of the best parks in upstate NY. There are plenty of stand out sights like the ice caves, Mountain View’s and the waterfall. However it is the variety of terrain and trails that make this....  more »
  • we hit this place by chance when our GPS led us here instead of minnewaska lake area, but in the end it was great as there is some construction going on there now and this was not crowded and has...  more »

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