Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz

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The Mohonk Preserve is a nature preserve in the Shawangunk Ridge, 90 miles (140 km) north of New York City in Ulster County, New York. The preserve has over 8,000 acres (32 km2) of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams, with over 70 miles (110 km) of carriage roads and 40 miles (64 km) of trails for hiking, cycling, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. It is also a major destination for rock climbers, hosting 50,000 climbers each year who enjoy more than 1,000 climbing routes.
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  • Overpriced, underwhelming, and poorly marked on the map. After spending $30 to park 2+ miles away from the main grounds, I came home to realize that I didn't even successfully reach the Lemon...  more »
  • It was OK. The rock formations are cool but not worth the $30 pp price tag. There are no differences in the rates for weekend vs. weekday anymore. Here's what $30 gets you: - a cool wristband to...  more »
  • Yes, a day hiking pass is expensive. It's worth it if you use it. We went as a family. The hike from the gate parking lot was trying for my eight year old and I thought that the day would not amount....  more »
  • We've been here several times and each time we are more charmed by this Victorian castle. The food, most of which is locally sourced, is excellent. They really try to accommodate their guests. The grounds are lovely with many interesting destinations to which to hike. The lake is stunning and indoor pool and spa/health club areas perfect.
  • Beautiful nature and fun rock scramble. You can walk around it , but I highly recommend wearing the appropriate footwear and scrambling up to the top. A couple challenging spots if there is traffic but not too challenging. Kat and I had fun and someone offered to take our photo! Next time I'm bringing the dog.
  • It is a great place for family time and to enjoy nature. It is pricey but it is also all-inclusive. So you don't have to spend any more money if you choose. Of course alcohol is not included or other specialized activities. However, generally speaking, even the activities you have to pay for are not overly expensive. Finally the food is very good. It takes some time to figure out the dining options and what would work best for your visit. So be sure to ask questions about dining and when reservations can be made.
  • The staff was kind and friendly, the grounds are beautiful, and the trails are kept in excellent shape! The "day hiker's" parking lot, however, was about 2 miles from the house, so it was a really far walk. Also, most things at the Mohonk Park were unreasonably expensive; when I went on the weekend, the tickets per person was $27.50!!! Overall, the goods outweigh the bads, though, so Mohonk deserves a nice 5 stars!
  • Immensely beautiful nature. Perfect for rock climbers but also hikers. Views are simply incredible! America's nature at its best. I went hiking and was so mesmerized by the views, I forgot to take photos. But did take some of the flowers we saw there. Enjoy! :)

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