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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  • This is a must when visiting - simply gorgeous. Yes they charge a fee but it is well worth it. Look up the Lemon Squeeze and do the hike it your fit 
    This is a must when visiting - simply gorgeous. Yes they charge a fee but it is well worth it. Look up the Lemon Squeeze and do the hike it your fit  more »
  • A must-do when in the Gardiner area. Beautiful, easy to follow trails along springs and mountain laurel. 
    A must-do when in the Gardiner area. Beautiful, easy to follow trails along springs and mountain laurel.  more »
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  • The Mohonk Reserve is the largest private nature reserve in New York's Shawangank Range. The reserve inspires people to take care of nature and explore it. Mohonk Preserve was designated a National Historic Landmark. The lands of the reserve are open from sunrise to sunset every day for hiking, climbing, cycling and running. Entrance to the Mohonk Reserve for an adult $15. There are many different trails, there are quite simple ones that are suitable even for children. The reserve is very clean. There are a huge number of viewing platforms, many benches (you can sit if you are tired). Along the way, you can see Mohonk Lake and Mohonk Mountain House. You can also get to the top of the Albert K. Smiley Memorial Tower, and from there enjoy the beautiful views.
  • Nice small park, clean and well maintained. There are some interesting trails over there, especially one that leads to the Sky Top Tower and goes through the huge crack in the cliff. To reach the tower you have to climb up the set of wooden ladders in very tight space. Views of Mohonk Mountain House are nice from the top of the cliff. But the preserve entrance fee - 15$ per person per day IMHO just is too much.

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