by Colleen Vitti
10. Van Lueven Cabin on the Mohonk Preserve
When walking with kids, a fun destination always helps guide those little feet, and the Van Leuven Cabin is just the place. Built in 1889, this wooden plank house immediately transports you back in time. Childrens’ imaginations quickly take over as they pretend to be a Van Lueven family member and re-enact all the family did to survive, such as cutting stone and wood, shaping hoops for barrels, picking and selling berries, tending gardens, churning butter, and more. Park at the West Trapps parking lot on Route 44/55, and take the meandering Trapps Mountain Hamlet path. About 3/4 of the way there, you will need to cross Clove Valley Road, so make sure your little ones are within sight here. When you hear the spray of the Coxing Kill and the crunch, crunch of autumn leaves under your feet, you’ll know you’re almost there. Read more...