While a majority of state parks do not charge this time of year the few parks that do such as Niagara Falls in Niagara County, Walkway Over the Hudson in Dutchess and Ulster counties, Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester County, Minnewaska State Park Preserve
in Ulster County, Connetquot River State Park Preserve and Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Suffolk County and others are waiving the standard vehicle entry fee for Black Friday, November 24.
I decided to take it to the next level by learning to identify some new birds (especially warblers) on early morning hikes in nearby Minnewaska State Park Preserve
, which has a Bird Conservation Area that is part of the Northern Shawangunk Mountains Important Bird Area.
This property is now Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Serene between gunbursts from the contiguous Minnewaska State Park Preserve, I round a bend and catch Sky Top at a perfect moment--miniaturized by distance, the beacon of hope, like the mountain fortress the pilgrims are trying to reach at the rear of a medieval triptych.
For recreation information from the adjacent Minnewaska State Park Preserve, write P.
Alas, there is no camping in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, but camping is possible at private camp-grounds in the area.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
is in the townships of Shawangunk, Rochester, Wawarsing, and Gardiner in Ulster County.
The Minnewaska State Park Preserve
offers 20 miles of groomed cross-country trails with spectacular views.
In Minnewaska State Park Preserve
in Ulster County, the Gunks Off-Road Patrol, or "GORP," is recruiting and training volunteer mountain bikers to assist all trail users, and help minimize conflicts on the shared use of 26 miles of carriage-ways.