In accordance with state and CDC guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of members, visitors and staff, Mohonk Preserve has instituted several important protocols for visitation, including:
- Please recreate close to home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Visitors are required to wear face coverings upon entry.
- Visitors are required to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others.
- No congregating or large groups.
- Permitted activities include walking, hiking, running, and cycling.
- Offering touchless transactions with credit or debit cards.
- There are limited restroom facilities – please plan accordingly.
- The Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends with reduced parking capacity.
- Other trailheads will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for members and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for day-use visitors.
- Trailhead parking is limited, and lots will be closed and gated at 7 p.m.
Activities Permitted at Testimonial Gateway: Walking, Hiking, Running, and Cycling
The Testimonial Gateway is Mohonk Preserve's first new trailhead in 26 years. We expect that the lot will fill VERY early on peak weekends. On summer and fall weekends, arrive early to ensure a parking space. Limited alternate roadside parking is available on nearby Pine Road.
The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead is located at 35 Route 299 in New Paltz. Take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go west on Route 299 (through New Paltz) for three miles. The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead entrance will be on your right.
Thanks to the generous support of donors, partners, and state and local governments, Mohonk Preserve has established its first new trailhead in 26 years at the iconic Testimonial Gateway in the 836-acre Mohonk Preserve Foothills, expanding public access for people of all ages and abilities to the Foothills’ carriage roads and trails.
The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead features the historic Testimonial Gateway tower, circa 1907, which served as the entrance to Mohonk Mountain House until 1945; Humpo Marsh, an important wildlife area; the historic Brook, Kleinekill, and Pine Farms; and segments of the Preserve's carriage road system and the Old Wawarsing Turnpike.
Visitors may stroll along the level, tree-lined Pin Oak Alle, or continue to hike up Lenape Lane through the fields of Brook Farm. They may also explore the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop of the River-to-Ridge Trail. This 6-mile trail, which was created in partnership by the Open Space Institute and Mohonk Preserve, provides a direct pedestrian and cyclist link to the Town and Village of New Paltz.
During the busy fall season, visitors may wish to consider alternate travel routes. For a list of options, click here.
Banner Photo by Gerald Berliner