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.
Activities Available at the Visitor Center: Hiking and access to Climbing and Bouldering via East Trapps Connector Trailhead
Address: 3197 State Route 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 up hill 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. Please note that the East Trapps Connector Trail is closed during the winter.
Activities at the West Trapps Trailhead: Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Bouldering
Address: 3142 Route 44, Gardiner, NY
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.
Activities at the Coxing Trailhead: Hiking, Climbing and Wading
Address: 800 Clove Road, Gardiner, NY
PLEASE NOTE: THE COXING TRAILHEAD IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON. A PORTION OF CLOVE ROAD NEAR THE TRAILHEAD IS ALSO CLOSED DUE TO BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION THROUGH JANUARY 2022. Alternate Route: To reach the Coxing Trailhead, take the New Paltz exit 18 off the NY Thruway. Go 3.8 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299, passing the Preserve’s Testimonial Gateway Trailhead at 3 miles. At the intersection with Albany Post Road and Butterville Road, turn right onto Butterville Road. Continue 1.5 miles to the intersection with Mountain Rest Road (County Route 6). Turn left on Mountain Rest Road and continue 4.1 miles, passing the entrance to Mohonk Mountain House and the sign for Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm Trailhead. Turn left towards Alligerville to continue on Country Route 6. In 1 mile, cautiously turn left onto Clove Valley Road. Continue on Clove Valley Road for 4 miles to the Coxing Trailhead on the right.
You may also hike into the Coxing Trailhead area from the West Trapps Trailhead.
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.
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.
Activities at the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead: Walking, Hiking, Running, and Cycling
Address: 35 Route 299 in New Paltz
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.
Banner photo by Jeff Severson