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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Kerhonkson, Ulster County

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Minnewaska hosts more than 200 species of migratory and nesting birds. A Bird Conservation Area, Minnewaska is a great place to view a wide variety of raptors and high-elevation forest and shrubland birds, among other wildlife. The area also has one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world. Among the many species of plants and animals that live here, nearly 40 are rare.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Carriage roads
  • Footpaths

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Equestrian trails
  • Swimming
  • Hand boat launch
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Nature center
  • Birdwatching
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hunting


21,106 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 845-255-0752

Address: 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

Website: Minnewaska State Park Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: Dave Johnson, NYSDEC