Not sure where to start?
Explore Mohonk Preserve’s Visitor Center for recreation suggestions, directions, and information on local wildlife and geology.
The Visitor Center is open year-round, free-of-charge 9am-5pm and is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at Noon, and Christmas Day.
Especially for Kids …
See models of wildlife in the main hall. Enjoy the downstairs Kids Corner, with nature- themed games and activities, along with Tripod, the Preserve’s rescue turtle. Play outside in nature at the nearby Children’s Forest, featuring a toolbox of tools and wheelbarrows, a kiosk with ideas for outdoor explorations, and log bench seating.
Take a Stroll
The short, self-guided trails around the Visitor Center are designed to give you a quick and easy introduction to the ridge.
- The J & S Grafton Sensory Trail is a 1/4-mile, easy, level loop. Interpretive stations along the way encourage you to touch, look, and listen to nature.
- The Weinstein Butterfly Garden along the Sensory Trail attracts a colorful display of wild butterflies. Take a rest and see the flowers that butterflies like.
- The LaVerne Thompson Nature Trail is a 1/3rd–mile rolling loop that forks off from the Sensory Trail. A free trail brochure (available at the Visitor Center or start of the trail) leads you along the path’s 16 stops, where you can learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the ridge.
Banner photo by Susan Lehrer