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Shawangunk Multiple Use Area

Effective May 3, 2016, camping will no longer be allowed at the Shawangunk Multiple Use Area.

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The 58-acre Shawangunk Multiple Use Area features 1.6 miles of multiple use trails open to non-motorized recreation.

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Shawangunk Multiple Use Area features 1.6 miles of multiple use trails which are open to hiking and other non-motorized recreation.

Hunting & Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species and furbearers found on the property include small game (especially squirrels), turkey, deer, and bear. There are trapping opportunities for wide‐ranging predator species such as fisher, bobcat, and coyote, but trappers won't find very many aquatic furbearers such as beaver or muskrat.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Shawangunk Multiple Use Area is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are no groomed or maintained trails, however cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state

A variety of wildlife can be found within the unit. In addition to the notable game species such as small game, turkey, deer, bear, fisher, bobcat, and coyote, various birds may be found. These include common raven, bald eagle, osprey, warblers, owls, flycatchers, hawks, and other songbirds, plus at-risk species such as peregrine falcon, Cooper's hawk, red-shouldered hawk, and golden-winged warbler. Reptiles and amphibians that may be found include a variety of turtles, snakes, salamanders, frogs and toads, plus the at-risk timber rattlesnake, marbled salamander, Jefferson salamander, wood turtle and eastern box turtle.


All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Parking Areas

Route 299 Parking Area is located on NYS Route 299, 5 miles west of New Paltz. (41.734725°N, 74.181307°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Shawangunk Multiple Use Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

  • Snowmobiling, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
  • Effective May 3, 2016, camping will no longer be allowed at the Shawangunk Multiple Use Area.How We Manage Shawangunk Multiple Use Area

DEC is developing a unit management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Other Nearby Camping Opportunities

Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground (leaves DEC website)
953 Route 299, Gardiner, NY 12525
Phone: 845.255.0032

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Lazy River (leaves DED website)
50 Bevier Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525
Phone: 845.255.5193

Rondout Valley Resort (leaves DEC website)
105 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord, NY 12404
Phone: 845.626.5521

Creekview Campsite (leaves DEC website)
227 Creek Locks Road, Rosendale, NY 12472
Phone: 845.658.9142

So-Hi Campground (leaves DEC website)
425 Woodland Road, Accord, NY 12404; 845 687-7377

Kenneth L. Wilson Public Campground
859 Wittenberg Road, Mt Tremper, NY 12457
Phone: 845.679.7020

Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds (leaves DEC website)
5636 Route 28, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Phone: 845.688.5471

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Gardiner and New Paltz.

Ulster County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.