New York Visitor's Guide

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York
Why It's Cool: Located just 94 miles north of New York City, the Minnewaska State Park Preserve is the perfect escape for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. The park sits on the dramatic Shawangunk Ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. Featuring 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike, or simply enjoy, it's home to natural rock formations, several waterfalls, three crystal clear lakes, densely wooded forests, sheer cliffs, and ledges opening onto breathtakingly beautiful views. Seriously, every inch of this place is 'grammable. Plus you can try horseback riding or technical rock climbing (if you're experienced). The activities are endless.

Where to Camp: Check out Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway for a minimalist (though high-quality) camping experience. The tent-only campground includes a pavilion and cooking area, bathhouse, restroom facilities, and trails. There are 24 drive-in spots (one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad, so reservations are a good idea.

When It's Open: Camping is open mid-May through mid-November, weather permitting.

Cost: Nonmembers pay $38; Mohonk Preserve members pay $24. For more information, visit the park's website.

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