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Mine Kill State Park

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Address
161 Mine Kill State Park
North Blenheim, NY 12131
Latitude 42.433609
Longitude -74.467651

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Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Providing good fishing opportunities, the lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye, and has several other species, including bass and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.

Mine Kill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost to anyone. Swim lessons are taught in the summer months--please contact the park office for details. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the parks 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts sessions of the Headwaters Soccer Camp in its regulation sized athletic fields. League play is also welcome.

Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. A separate parking area, 1/4 miles south of the parks' main entrance, provides access to the overlook viewing platforms, as well as the Long Path hiking trail to the lower falls and beyond. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

A boating permit is no longer needed to access the Blenheim-Gilboa Lower Reservoir at Mine Kill State Park. Every boater is required to wash their boat using the park's hot water boat wash station before and after entering the reservoir, and sign in at the park office or ticket booth. The boat launch is open from 7:30 am to 1 hour before the park closes. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.

In the fall bow hunting for deer is allowed by permit only. Hunting permits are issued by the New York Power Authority via a lottery system. Please call the Power Authority Visitor Center for more details.

Have you ever played disc golf?
If not, come out to Mine Kill State Park to learn all about this incredibly popular sport! Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf, with each player starting from a tee area in order to reach a target in the fewest strokes possible. However, disc golfers use a variety of plastic discs instead of a ball and clubs, and try to get the disc to land in an elevated metal basket called a "pole-hole." Both driving and putting discs may be rented at the Mine Kill pool office with a $5 deposit/$1 fee per disc. A variety of discs, golf bags, towels and other great gear may be purchased at the brand new MKDGC Pro Shop located at the park office. The first hole begins next to the pool parking area in the open ball field. Please sign the register at the information kiosk and pick up a scorecard for whichever layout you decide to play.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas.

Mailing Address
PO Box 923 North Blenheim, NY 12122

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round.

    Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): 7:30am-8:00pm

    Winter Hours: Open 7:30am; closing time varies by season (call park office for more information)
  • 2017 Swimming Season: 6/24 - 9/4, 10 am - 6 pm, daily

  • Boating: Spring-Fall seasons.
  • Cross Country Skiing & Snowmobiling : During winter season - on designated trails only.
  • Disc Golf: Year Round (weather permitting)

    Disc rentals available
  • Mine Kills Falls: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Dawn-8:00pm
    Winter: Dawn to Dusk, weather permitting
  • Picnicking: Available year round (weather permitting)
    Picnic Shelter/Tents: Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. 1 shelter with electric and water. Reservations begin Jan. 1.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Mid-Level Pavilion: $50/day
    Overlook Pavilion and Tent (20' x 20'): $40/day
    Tent (20' x 30') - South of pool: $35/day
    Tent (20' x 20') - North of pool: $25/day
    Tent (20' x 20') - Lower level: $25/day

  • Disc Golf
  • $1 disc rentals

    -plus $5 disc deposit
  • Kayaking (weekends, 6/24-9/4)
  • $5/hour kayak rentals
  • Ice Skating (winter)
  • $2 ice skate rentals
  • Sledding (winter)
  • $1 sled rentals
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • No fee (courtesy of the New York Power Authority)

Additional Documents

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Highlights of Mine Kill State Park:

  • Mine Kill State Park is the namesake of Mine Kill Falls, the signature, 80-foot terraced waterfall that regularly mesmerizes visitors to the park. Mine Kill Falls feature a scenic hiking trail (part of the Long Path) from the parking lot down to its base. In addition, visitors get to enjoy a bird's eye view of the waterway along the platforms near the top of the trail.

  • Hikers will thoroughly enjoy Mine Kill's 10 miles of trails, including to a 5-mile segment of the Long Path, a 350-mile long, marked foot path that runs from the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ, to the village of Altamont, NY (west of Albany). The Long Path links together several state, county and town parks on its journey along the Hudson, through the Catskills and toward the Adirondacks.

  • Enjoy wildlife sightings? Mine Kill is home to a number of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds. While you're out hiking the trails, make sure to stop and listen for the various sounds of the wild. Some common sounds are chipmunks rustling through the leaves, bluebirds, house wrens, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and occasionally a barred owl or great horned owl! Common things to see in the park are white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, black bear, and sometimes a coyote or two.

  • Mine Kill is a great habitat for the critters that live here because it's so diverse. There are many different kinds of coniferous and deciduous trees such as maples, spruce, hickory, and pines. Quite a few animals like to make their homes inside these trees. Animals like to make their homes in rocky dens as well, and there are a few rock ledges and caves lurking around the park. On the other hand, there are plenty of wide open fields for birds, mice, bees, and butterflies to sift through, catching bugs, picking up pollen from our wildflowers, and munching on some grass. One last great aspect of the park is the reservoir! There are plenty of shore birds and aquatic creatures that enjoy their time down at the water. Keep your eyes open when you're walking around and think of where you are in the park and what critters could be around you!

    What will you see? Plan your visit today!

 

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Mine Kill's Bird Watcher's Checklist is available here

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Mine Kill State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you’ll be visiting.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Respect other visitors and their experience. Avoid excessive noise.
  • Share the trail. Keep to the right except to pass. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way. Warn people when you are planning to pass.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

 

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: When is the best time for deer to shed their horns so that they can be collected?

A: According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, male deer usually produce their first set of antlers at one year of age. Antler size generally increases with age, although genetics, food quality and health play important roles as well. Bucks shed their antlers in the winter following the rut. Usually when the last snow thaws and before leaves and underbrush bud in the spring is the most ideal time to scavenge for shed antlers.

Q: What is "HWA" and how did it arrive at Mine Kill State Park?

A: "HWA" stands for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an aphid-like insect native to Asia that was originally identified in Virginia in the 1950's. HWA has since spread virtually unharmed throughout Eastern Hemlock groves up and down the east coast, and continues to pose a terrible threat to one of the most important tree species of the eastern hardwood forest. HWA was originally identified at Mine Kill in 2011 and fortunately, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has developed a mitigation system to help save the majority of the park's afflicted hemlocks from the invasive pest.

 

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? Mine Kill State Park and the Schoharie Valley boast one of the highest nesting bald eagle populations in New York State. Take a hike along one of the many trails within the park and you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of our national bird.

- DID YOU KNOW? The Schoharie Creek is home to the oldest tree fossils in the world. These prehistoric plants discovered along the banks of the creek in 1850 date back to the Devonian Period, when an inland sea existed here approximately 380 million years ago.

 

The Education team at Mine Kill offers a number of different programs and activities for all ages and are completely FREE. Programs can be done at the park or we can come to your classroom! The lessons listed below are just a few of the programs we can offer for your classes. Contact us today to schedule your private program!

Plant Science

Life Cycle: educators will explain the life cycle of a tree, activities included.
Planet Planting: students will learn the many impacts a single tree can have on a life. Afterwards, students are given the opportunity to plant a seedling of their own.
Tree Identification: students will be taught a multitude of ways to identify local trees of New York State

Animal Science

Who's Hoo?: students receive one owl pellet each, as well as a pair of tweezers, and begin dissecting.
Educators will demonstrate how an owl eats to better explain the student's findings.
Birds, Bones, and Calls of the Wild: Examination of different skulls, feathers, bones, calls, and more from various wildlife in New York State.

Leave No Trace

Students will be taught the 7 principles of the Leave No Trace philosophy hands on and in a memorable manner. Students will learn the many effects humans can have on the natural environment around them even while primitively camping.

Bow hunting for deer is permitted at Mine Kill State Park. Mine Kill's hunting program is administered by the New York Power Authority. NYPA issues a maximum of 100 permits to licensed bow hunters who have completed the shooting competency portion of the bow hunter education process.

At Mine Kill, hunters can hunt outside of the developed park grounds and on acres of NYPA managed property; hunters must park in designated parking areas – described in detail to hunters when they receive their permit from NYPA. To inquire about getting a bow hunting permit, please contact the New York Power Authority at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center by calling: 518-827-6121.

 

Sat 19 Aug
4th Annual Ace Race
Saturday, August 19, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

The Ace Race is back again at the Mine Kill Disc Golf Course. Each year, disc golfers from around the world gather at their local courses for one purpose: to throw aces! No putting, no approaching... just runnin' at the chains. To add to the challenge and excitement, players all throw the same model disc: a brand new, never-seen-before Discraft prototype disc that is introduced each year especially for Ace Race. The 2017 player's pack includes two ESP protos, shirt, Mini Buzzz and other cool gear! Entry fee is $30.00

Sat 26 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Brand new this year is the Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more! Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 or email us at MineKillSP@parks.ny.gov

Sat 02 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Wed 06 Sep
Moonlight Paddle
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, lease email us at MineKillSP@parks.ny.gov or call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Educational Services
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible) * Tent rentals also available.
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Powerboats
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Waterfalls
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing