Mohonk Preserve has five main trailheads. You can reach nearby New Paltz via a Trailways bus, and taxis are available, but there currently is no public transportation from New Paltz to Mohonk Preserve.

During the busy fall season, visitors may wish to consider alternate travel routes. For a list of options, click here.

Please note: Mohonk Mountain House is a separate property and resort adjoining the Preserve; it is not a Preserve trailhead. Questions regarding the Mountain House should be directed to their information line at (845) 255-1000 or (800) 772-6646.

Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center front doors, a path leading to it through the forest
Photo by John Mizel

Activities Available at the Visitor Center: Hiking and access to Climbing and Bouldering via East Trapps Connector Trailhead

Address: 3197 State Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY

To reach the Visitor Center, 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 uphill to the entrance to additional, overflow parking lots at the Visitor Center.

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.

The Shawangunk Ridge from West Trapps, including the Near Trapps, Millbrook Ridge and Millbrook Mountain.
Photo by Gerald Berliner

Activities at the West Trapps Trailhead: Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Bouldering

Address: 3142 Route 44, Gardiner, NY

PEREGRINE WATCH UPDATE: In support of the 2022 Peregrine falcon breeding season, the Preserve has implemented a temporary closure of climbing and bouldering at the Trapps Cliff as follows: Climbing – No climbing between and including Laughing Man (5.11) and Bullfrog (5.12)
Bouldering – No bouldering on the 50 Yard Line Boulder

Click here for more information.

This parking lot fills VERY early on peak weekends. On summer and fall weekends, arrive early to ensure a parking space at West Trapps. Or park at the Visitor Center lot and hike up the East Trapps Connector to the Trapps cliffs and to the beginning of the trail and carriage road network.

To reach the West Trapps Trailhead, 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. The Preserve Visitor Center will be 1/2 mile on your right. Go 1.3 miles past the Visitor Center, and turn right into parking area.

A short, easy walk takes visitors to the beginning of trails you can take that will lead you along the  cliffs along Undercliff Carriage Road or up to summit views from Preserve lands or onto the neighboring lands of Minnewaska State Park Preserve or the Mohonk Mountain House.

Split Rock Waterfall from downstream. Coxing Kill bridge in the upper left corner and forest seen behind the waterfall
Photo by John Hayes

Activities at the Coxing Trailhead: Hiking, Climbing and Wading 

Address: 800 Clove Road, Gardiner, NY

Clothing is required. In accordance with New York State Law, public nudity is prohibited at Mohonk Preserve.

Coxing is the Preserve’s smallest parking lot and fills VERY early on peak weekends. On summer and fall weekends, arrive early to ensure a parking space.

Located at the site of the former Enderly Family sawmill, Split Rock has long been a favorite place for wading in the Coxing Kill (stream). This trailhead provides access to several popular trails through hemlock groves and the stream.

Sunset behind the Catskills in the background with a field of summer grass in the foreground
Photo by Jeff Severson

Activities at the Spring Farm Trailhead: Hiking, Rock Scrambling, Biking and Horseback Riding

Address: 50 Upper 27 Knolls Road, High Falls, NY

Spring Farm fills early on peak weekends. On summer and fall weekends, arrive early and consider carpooling to ensure a parking space.

To access the Spring Farm Trailhead, NY, take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go west on Route 299 (through New Paltz), go over steel bridge and turn right onto Springtown Road. Make a left onto Mountain Rest Road. Pass the entrance to the Mohonk Mountain House and go under the one-lane bridge. (Horse trailers, note: clearance is only 11 feet. See alternate route below.) Continue on 1 mile, and turn right on Upper 27 Knolls Road. Within ¼ mile, you’ll reach the kiosk for the Spring Farm Trailhead. This is the trailhead for Bonticou Crag as well as the Table Rocks Trail.

Enjoy the “Million Dollar View” of the Catskills – just a short walk from the Spring Farm parking area. Reminders of its earlier agricultural roots, the open fields and broad views at Spring Farm give way to quiet, forested paths.

The Testimonial Gateway Tower in the foreground with the length of the ridge in the background
Photo by Gerald Berliner

Activities at the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead: Walking, Hiking, Running, and Cycling

Address: 35 Route 299, New Paltz, NY

LENAPE LANE CARRIAGE ROAD ALERT: Please note that there is significant washout trail damage on Lenape Lane from the Duck Pond Contact Station up to the NYC Aqueduct. Hikers and cyclists should proceed with caution in this area.

To get to the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, 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 Allee, 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.

You can help care for the land!

Join the Mohonk Preserve champions who are safeguarding the unique wildlife, flora and fauna on this land which has been designated “one of Earth’s last great places.” With your help, we are monitoring climate change and educating future generations about the importance of conservation.

Every day, rain or shine, in every season you can make a difference on the ridge.

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Banner photo by Jeff Severson