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Minnewaska State Park

Beacon Hill Trail

Biking at Minnewaska State Park
The Facts
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Easy
Elevation Gain 200'

A Hudson Valley favorite, a wealth of incredible scenery is the reward for hikers exploring this park preserve and its network of trails. The park sits atop the Shawangunk Ridge with high cliffs that overlook the valley to the east. The Beacon Hill Trail offers a shady, meandering carriageway for a mile until you reach the panoramic view at Beacon Hill. The jaw-dropping vistas encompass the Catskills to the left, rock formation immediately in front, and the Taconic Hills of Connecticut and Massachusetts to the right.

Minnewaska State Park also features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, cliff-edge views, world-class rock climbing and 33 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy, all within an hour and a half drive from New York City. Other suggested trails at the park include Castle Point and Gertrude's Nose.