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Max V. Shaul State Park

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Max V. Shaul State Park is a small, quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites. The park has shady picnic grounds, as well as playing fields and a playground. There is a nature and hiking trail, fishing is allowed in Panther Creek and winter visitors can cross-country ski. Also, a car top boat/fishing access trail to the Schoharie Creek was established in 2011.

While there, also visit Mine Kill State Park, just 9 miles south, to enjoy the beautiful Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, Mine Kill Falls, and miles of trails. Minekill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost (courtesy of the New York Power Authority).

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23 Rte 30 Fultonham, NY 12071

Hours of Operation

  • Day Use/Picnicking/Hiking: Available year round.
  • 2017 Camping Season: 5/18 - 9/4
  • Picnic Shelter: Memorial Day Weekend to Columbud Day Weekend

    Reservations accepted starting January 1 by calling the park office.
    Pavilion reservation information

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.

  • Camping
  • $15-$19/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    Walk-in registration fee-$2.75

    Seasonal and Group camping available, please contact the park for details.

  • Picnic Shelter
  • $75/day
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • None

Additional Documents

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Highlights of Max V. Shaul State Park:

  • Located 10 miles north of Mine Kill, Max V. Shaul State Park consists of 30 quiet, peaceful campsites as well as boating access along the Schoharie Creek, a brand new playground, a baseball field, and many hiking trails like the Toe Path. A huge pavilion is available for parties. All of this is within the 75 acre park, on the low south facing slopes of Toe Path Mountain in Schoharie County.
  • The park was named after Max V. Shaul, a prominent local farmer.
  • Small, but mature, patches of second growth forest are found within the park, the higher steep slopes (840 feet to 100 feet) contain Appalachian oak-hickory forest.
  • Though small, the features of this park contributes to the long-term biodiversity of the region.
  • When visiting Max V. Shaul, don't miss John Burroughs Memorial Field Historic Site, located off State Route 30 in Roxbury, NY, and 25 miles from Max V. Shaul State Park. This site features "Boyhood Rock," the boulder that inspired one of the country's most famous naturalists of the 19th and 20th centuries. John Burroughs, the celebrated literary naturalist, wrote 27 books of nature and philosophical essays that influenced millions of readers.

    "To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life." ~ John Burroughs

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

 

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Max V. Shaul 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.
  • Avoid using trails when they are excessively muddy.
  • Don't litter.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.

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, or breeding season. The most ideal time to scavenge for shed antlers is usually when the last snow thaws and before leaves and underbrush bud in the spring.

Did You Know?

- 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.

- CHECK IT OUT! The abandoned section of State Route 30 at Max V. Shaul State Park was originally referred to by local inhabitants as the “Toe Path,” due to the fact that the narrowness of the original trail between the sheer cliffs of the mountain and the Schoharie Creek offered only a “toe hold.”

Fri 30 Jun
Fireside Jams
Friday, June 30, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Busy on Friday night? You are now! Meet us by the Max V. Shaul campfire for a relaxing, music filled night with family, friends, and park staff. Fireside James is our camp side music program where anyone can join in! Bring your guitar, some chords, and your best dancing shoes and play a song by yourself or join in with someone else.

This is a free program that is fun for all ages. Program will be held at the firepit near the pavilion. Seating is limited, so bringing your own chairs is encouraged.

Sat 08 Jul
Archaeology with The Schoharie River Center
Saturday, July 8, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Zachary McKeeby from the Schoharie River Center will discuss the Erie Canal findings by the River Center and its students. The students conducted archeological excavations on the grounds of Lansing Manor at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center. Come check out this wonderful display and presentation to learn more about the heritage of your county and state!

The education programs at Max V. Shaul are free for everyone and great for all ages. No registration is required. Please bring your own chairs as seats are limited. Programs will be held at the stage near the pavilion. Snacks will be available during this program.

Fri 14 Jul
Fireside Jams
Friday, July 14, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Busy on Friday night? You are now! Meet us by the Max V. Shaul campfire for a relaxing, music filled night with family, friends, and park staff. Fireside James is our camp side music program where anyone can join in! Bring your guitar, some chords, and your best dancing shoes and play a song by yourself or join in with someone else.

This is a free program that is fun for all ages. Program will be held at the firepit near the pavilion. Seating is limited, so bringing your own chairs is encouraged.

Fri 21 Jul
Max V. Movies
Friday, July 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Come down to Max V. Shaul Friday to enjoy a family movie under the stars! We encourage bringing your own seating and appropriate beverages. Also, do come prepared with bug spray for it may be buggy. Snacks will be available during the showing for a suggested $1 donation. This is a great way to get the family together and out of the house on a summer Friday night!

Sat 22 Jul
The Life of John Burroughs
Saturday, July 22, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

John Burroughs was a nature novelist. He loved the outdoors, the wildlife, the scenery, and the peace of nature. Join us at Max V. Shaul to learn more about Burroughs' life, writing style, and more during this presentation from the Woodchuck Lodge.

The education programs at Max V. Shaul are free for everyone and great for all ages. No registration is required. Please bring your own chairs as seats are limited. Programs will be held at the stage near the pavilion. Snacks will be available during this program. Snacks will be available during this program.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites
  • Group Camping
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • X-Country Skiing