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.
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.
*Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
Walk-in registration fee-$2.75
Seasonal and Group camping available, please contact the park for details.
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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:
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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.”
Join us at Max V. Shaul State Park and Campground for a day of service and fun beautifying our wonderful park. Kids and adults share a solid day of volunteer work with a provided lunch. Only can make a short time? No problem, all help is appreciated. This year's event will have a number of projects to be done at the campground. Participants will be divided into separate teams to help out with painting/staining buildings and signs, cleanup of the Max V. Shaul perimeter trail, raking/cleanup around the pavilion and day use area, and installation of the little lending library. Best of all: lunch will be provided at no cost! All ages are welcome for this event, and if you have garden gloves, rakes garden tools, and loppers we advise that you bring them for the day.