Parks NY – Minnewaska State Park Preserve – August 2020

Minnewaska State Park Preserve’s unique landscape was formed when glaciers were retreating from North America leaving stunning views behind. The park is open for all guests who want to enjoy the Awosting Falls, take a stroll or have a picnic by Lake Minnewaska, go swimming or get adventurous by choosing among multiple hiking and biking trails.

Many may be surprised but the park does not end at Lake Minnewaska. Lake Awosting is accessible by hiking or biking and allows swimming when a lifeguard is on duty. Additionally, there is another entrance at Sam’s Point where one can enjoy the Ice Caves hike.


  • Lake
  • Stream
  • Waterfall
  • Good Views
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Area
  • Wild Berries
  • Wild Flower

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Located at
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
5281 Route 44-55
Kerhonkson, NY 12446

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Featured Bike and Hike Trips:


View of Lake Minnewaska from the picnic area.

Views overlooking Millbrook Mountain trail (biking and hiking) and Gertrude’s Nose trail (hiking only). Picture was taken from Castle Point.

Awosting Falls

Awosting Falls located near the entry of the park. Best access is from the Awosting Falls (lower) parking area.

Biking on Castle Point carriage trail. No road bikes. Recommend using a hybrid or a mountain bike.
NOTE: e-bikes are prohibited.

Duck and ducklings at Lake Awosting.

Wild blueberries growing in early June.

Blueberry Run at Peter’s Kill

One of the many foot/hiking paths within Minnewaska.

One of many picturesque sections of Gertrude’s Nose hiking trail. The stunning landscape was formed from retreating North America glaciers.


Birdsfoot trefoil flower


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