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Suggested Hikes

To find a route of interest, see the name of the trailhead where the hike starts and click on the trailhead link for information specific to that trailhead. Go to the Map and Directions page for general information. Pick up a free trail map at the trailhead when you arrive.

Meander along a discovery path through the woods ...

The J & S Grafton Sensory Trail
Easy, 0.25 miles
Visitor Center Trailhead

Step outside the Visitor Center along this easy, loop trail to discover the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the Shawangunk Ridge. Signs describe natural features along the way, including a butterfly garden.

Walk back in time and explore a vanished mountaintop community ...

Trapps Mountain Hamlet Path to the Van Leuven Cabin
Easy, 1.5 miles
West Trapps Trailhead

Take an easy walk through the woods to see traces of this 19th-century, subsistence hamlet. Listen to the audio tour here.

Watch technical rock climbers in action ...

Undercliff and Overcliff Carriage Roads
Easy, 5 miles round- trip
West Trapps Trailhead

Follow this pleasant loop trail skirting the base of the rock climbing cliffs for spectacular views of climbers and the valley below.

Enjoy broad views of river valleys ...

Bonticou Crag Hike
Moderate, 3 miles round- trip
Spring Farm Trailhead

Travel from open fields through the woods and hike to the top of a prominent, stark-white crag overlooking the valley. (Optional, challenging rock scramble up.)

High Peters Kill
Strenuous, 7.5 miles round- trip
Coxing Trailhead

Ascend through a now-wooded area of former fields and stone walls to enjoy ridge views and reach the seasonal Peters Kill stream in Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Photo by Stephen D. Stewart-Hill