1. Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center
The largest of the Preserve’s parking lots, the Visitor Center lot may have spaces when the West Trapps or Coxing Trailhead lots are full.
To reach the Visitor Center located at 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY, take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go 7 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299 to the end: make right on Route 44-55 and then 1/2 mile to the Visitor Center on right. If that lot is full, continue a few hundred yards farther up hill to the entrance to additional, overflow parking lots at the Visitor Center.
Please note that the bridge over the Mara Kill on Route 44 in Gardiner is closed for construction through August 1. Please follow signed detours. The Preserve's Visitor Center is still accessible via Route 299 and Routes 44-55.
Leaving from the Visitor Center, the ¼-mile East Trapps Connector Trail is a strenuous set of stone steps leading visitors uphill to a network of more than 100 miles of carriage roads and trails and to the West Trapps climbing cliffs. Please note that the East Trapps Connector Trail is closed during the winter.