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Fri 03 Dec
Lake Minnewaska Resort History Walk
Friday, December 3, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
What was here before Minnewaska State Park Preserve? In the not-so distant past, Minnewaska was the site of two privately owned, majestic hotels. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a slight step back in time. For this cultural history program, we will look at historical artifacts and panels within the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center and then go for a two-mile walk around Lake Minnewaska, stopping at a few historically relevant spots. Participants are strongly suggested to dress warmly in layers and winter clothing. This program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, such as snow. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Dec
Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath Loop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. If the weather is clear, this hike will feature many panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and of Lake Minnewaska along the route. The Beacon Hill Footpath has a few uphill sections and rocky terrain that some may find challenging, while the carriage road sections of this hike offer relatively easy walking conditions. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Dec
Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 07 Dec
Bonus Tuesday Trek: Scenic Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 09:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator for a most scenic walk along Upper Awosting and Castle Point Carriage Roads and a section of the remote Rainbow Falls Footpath. Our seven-mile, round-trip route offers stunning views of Lake Awosting, the largest of the sky lakes, from a rocky, cliff-top ledge. Our return trip along Castle Point Carriage Road has fabulous views out over the Wallkill Valley all the way back. Participants should come prepared to spend the entire day on the trail, wearing good walking shoes and bringing all the food, water and gear that they will need. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 10 Dec
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, December 10, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one-mile-walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet especially after a rainfall. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm winter boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will offered instead on December 17. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Dec
Scenic Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 12, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike on four historic carriage roads and one footpath. Starting from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will hike a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and continue on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we intersect the Meadows footpath. Then, we'll continue walking, meandering through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course, until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue south-southwest on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. We will return directly on Castle Point Carriage Road and around the east side of Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road to our starting point. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Tue 14 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perenially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Sun 19 Dec
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 19, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on a guided hike to see all the stunning views from the numerous scenic vistas along the East side of Lake Minnewaska. Our first stop will be the last remaining historic summerhouse gazebo, which sits perched above the Lake. From here, we'll continue our walk to reach the site of the former, historic Cliffhouse Hotel. Marvel at the spectacular views that former guests would have had across Lake Minnewaska to the distant Catskill Mountains. Next, we'll drop down to the Beacon Hill Footpath, which offers a broad vista of the Wallkill Valley including distant views of Storm King and Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone tower, Skytop, to the north. The last leg of our journey includes another cliff edge viewpoint that offers scenic vistas of the Catskill Mountains and the Peter's Kill climbing area. This modest hike, which follows along a combination of carriage roads and a footpath, is approximately three miles long and does include some hills and rocky sections of footpath. Your guide stays with the group the entire trip, offering answers to your questions about the cultural and natural history of this special Park Preserve. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center.
Registration: Required
Tue 21 Dec
Bonus Tuesday Trek: Two Views for One Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Enjoy a stimulating and refreshing two-mile hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, which feature stunning views in clear weather. This hike will take participants a short distance on the Red Loop and Bullwheel Footpaths and features two scenic vistas along the High Peter's Kill Footpath. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area, 5080 Rt 44/55, Gardiner, NY. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 24 Dec
Christmas Eve Hike to Echo Rock
Friday, December 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a four-mile Christmas Eve hike to the beautiful senic vista of Echo Rock. Leaving from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will walk only on historic carriage roads during this recreational program. We will take Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain, and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads to arrive at Echo Rock. This scenic vista sits on a cliff perched over the Palmaghatt Ravine, across the ravine from Patterson's Pellet, and has spectacular views on a clear day. After taking in the view, we will return to our starting point. Our return trip will follow the same route as the way out, but we will make our way around the East side of Lake Minnewaska and enjoy the views around the Lake along the way. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Tue 28 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Kempton Ledge and Beacon Hill Scenic Views Hike
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for the last Tuesday Trek of 2021 as we stroll out along the Castle Point Carriage Road to reach the very scenic Kempton Ledge, which offers stunning winter views of the Palmaghatt Ravine. Returning along Hamilton Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads, we'll then continue along the edge of Lake Minnewaska to reach the Beacon Hill picnic area, which offers expansive views of the Wallkill valley. From here, we'll hike along the Beacon Hill Footpath to reach a nearly panoramic view of the Catskills, returning along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road. This approximately five-mile-long outing does include a narrow, rocky section of footpath that may be slippery or icy. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jan
Fourth Annual Minnewaska-Shawangunk (NYMS) Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird census, which was proposed in December 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman, due to declining bird populations in the late 1800s. The first CBC was held on December 25, 1900, with 27 participants. The CBC is the oldest citizen science project in the United States, with this being its 122nd year. Participants in the CBC spend the day listening, looking for, and counting birds within a predetermined area, between December 14 and January 5. This year, the 4th annual NYMS (Minnewaska-Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count circle will be joining the thousands of other circles in North America, Central America, South America, the Pacific and Caribbean, in this winter tradition. Interested parties will be searching a 15-mile diameter circle for birds, including all of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Field teams should be prepared for a full day outdoors. Residents with bird feeders in the Minnewaska-Shawangunk CBC circle may also participate by counting birds at their feeders. To participate in counting birds at your feeder for the CBC, your feeder must be within the limits of the count circle. See a map of the circle at: https://arcg.is/1bqrPK0  

Contact Nicholas Martin at Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or 845-255-0752 no later than December 22nd for an assignment or to learn how to report your bird feeder count.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Saturday, January 1, 2022 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Begin 2022 with a First Day Hike at Minnewaska! Join us for a two-mile snowshoe in the Peter's Kill Area. From the parking area, we will walk on the Red Loop, Bullwheel, and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to reach two scenic vistas that offer completely different views. If the weather is clear, these scenic vistas offer stunning views of the Park Preserve, Clove Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and more. This hike includes a few uphill sections of trail and a few rocky areas that may be icy or slippery. The First Day Hike is also occurring at the same time as the Minnewaska-Shawangunk Christmas Bird Count. If participants are interested, we will count the winter birds we see along our hike. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. When these run out, snowshoes may be rented for a fee. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area at 5080 Rt 44/55, Gardiner, NY 12525. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required