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Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz
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The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a 22275acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, New York on US 44/NY 55, 5mi west of New York State Route 299. The park, which features scenic overlooks of the nearby Catskill Mountains, is primarily used for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and swimming. The park is managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.There are three sky lakes within the preserve: Lake Minnewaska, Lake Awosting, and Mud Pond. Lake Minnewaska is approximately 1mi long by 1//4mi wide at its widest point. Lake Awosting is roughly twice as large.HistoryOriginally part of Albert and Alfred Smiley's Mohonk Mountain House property, the Minnewaska Mountain House, or Cliff House, was built in 1879 overlooking Lake Minnewaska; it could accommodate 225 guests. After managing and developing Mohonk's early growth for ten years, twin Alfred H. Smiley purchased and developed Minnewaska separate from Mohonk, but the brothers exchanged courtesies to each other's guests. A second hotel, Wildmere, accommodated 350 guests. In 1955, Kenneth B. Phillips, Sr., the Minnewaska general manager, bought the property from the Smiley family. Cliff House was abandoned in 1972 due to maintenance costs; it burned to the ground in 1978. Wildmere closed in 1979 and burned to the ground in 1986.
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  • This is a wonderland of trails, cliffs and lakes. I have been enjoying and exploring it for over 3 decades. In parts, it looks like Switzerland. Ins ummer, wild blueberries abound. Heaven 
  • This park is just absolutely stunning. I have been dying to come here for a hike and my husband and our friend finally made it up here. It's about a 2 hour drive from NYC. It costs $10 a car to park a...  more »
  • We headed out from Long Island to enjoy the fall season colors for a nice long weekend away. Stayed at Mountain Meadow BnB and hiked Minnewsaka. Visited the trickling waterfall and hiked up to the bea...  more »