Mohonk Preserve
Mohonk Preserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mohonk Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in New York. The Preserve protects over 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge and inspires people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world. Preserve lands are open sunrise to sunset every day for hiking, climbing, biking, running, horseback riding and nature study. A current membership or day pass is required to access the lands. Admission to the Visitor Center is always free.
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Lisa R
Lone Tree, CO148 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a must when visiting - simply gorgeous. Yes they charge a fee but it is well worth it.
Look up the Lemon Squeeze and do the hike it your fit
Written 20 October 2022
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Suzelikestoswim
New York City, NY6 contributions
Sep 2022
A must-do when in the Gardiner area. Beautiful, easy to follow trails along springs and mountain laurel.
Written 7 September 2022
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LI-Pastor
Long Island, NY37 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
EXPENSIVE if you plan ti just walk through some carriage trails. Nice views of Craigs. Worth the money if you decide to hikie to Mohonk Mountain house grounds. Gardens are beautiful. Perhaps hike to sky tower. Neat adventure & challenging.
Written 3 September 2022
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Don H
Stratford, CT184 contributions
Aug 2022
Absolutely one of the most fabulous scenic places in the country. I've been rock climbing there since the late 1970s and have learned about many special locations. Lots of hiking, swimming, mountain biking, xc skiing, lodging and general adventuring.
You can purchase a day pass for hiking or climbing at the parking lots. You can travel farther
There are orchards, a rail trail for hiking/biking, wineries and even a skydiving school nearby.
Travel west on 299 from town, cross the river and turn right onto Mtn Rest Rd to go to the Mohonk Mtn House Hotel. Or continue west on 299 to 44/55 and turn north, hard left around the hairpin turn, then park on the right after the steel bridge (for climbing/hiking). Continue west to the Peter's Kill area for climbing and hiking. Continue west to Lake Minnewaska State Park for hiking, XC skiing, mtn biking, swimming at Lake Minnewaska or Lake Awosting. Beautiful views while hiking, biking, skiing.
Written 10 August 2022
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Roger S
Bedford, NY27 contributions
Jul 2022
The Mohonk Preserve is one of the really special places in the United States. The many carriage trails afford easy access to some spectacular scenery. But if you want some challenging climbs, those are available, too. If you can, also visit the Mohonk Mountain house. Unfortunately, the hotel is not completely accommodating to visitors from the Mohonk Preserve, to which they owe much. However, the Preserve itself is wonderful. It has a great museum and many programs for the community. I myself have been visiting the Mohonk Preserve for about 50 years.
Written 10 July 2022
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preciousness22
United States818 contributions
Jun 2021
I love Mohonk Preserve. We traveled there in the Fall and stayed at the Mohonk Mountainhouse. We were able to bike on the rocks to the edge of them which offers amazing views. Very exhilirating!
Written 25 March 2022
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Youshouldgo81
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I read many reviews about the $30 charge, so I made sure to go to the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center not the mountain house, so that I would get charged the $15 pp rate. We picked a great day to go as all the parking lots were pretty much empty. At the Visitors center the person at the front desk was kind enough to recommend a trail for our party of 4 with two pups. As most of us were novice hikers, he recommended the Overhill/Underhill trail. You can access the trail from the Visitors Center by a steep hike or drive to the next parking spot #2 and take the trail from there which is what we did. The view was just beautiful and this time of the year with the fall foliage was just perfect. The hike took us over 3 1/2 hours but we stopped to have coffee and snacks and took many pictures along the way. I definitely recommend this trail if you inexperienced. Also to note the Visitors Center restrooms were very clean.
Written 4 November 2021
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY4,546 contributions
Oct 2021
Review for the Hiking Trails Day Pass:

I visited Mohonk (for lunch) a few years ago which included access to the Mountain House and the Trails in the surrounding area. I have since wanted to return for the hiking trails and to get some photos of the amazing vews surrounding the Mountain House. And...the best time to visit...is when the leaves change colors in the fall.

I purchased a hiking trail day-pass ($30 for adults, $25 children)...and it was a challenge... The passes are released 72 hours in advance....so if you wanted to get tickets for 10 AM on Sunday, they become available at 10 AM on the Thursday before the Sunday. And let me tell you....within a minute or two during the fall weekends, they are completely gone! I was surpised at how quickly they went...you may have to look into the weekday days if you are looking to get tickets for a larger group. Nonetheless, I was able to get a hiking day-pass for 10 AM this past Sunday.

I drove up from the Bronx (one hour and forty five minutes) to the hiking pass gate, gave them my name and showed my printed (or mobile) pass confirmation. I was given a trail map, a wrist bracelet and directed to park in the hiking trail parking lot which had a lot of spaces at that time (I think the earliest tickets are offered for 9 AM). There are some vending machines and bathrooms there as well.

Now the hike to the Mountain House area is 2.5 miles or so...which takes about 45-60 minutes for the average walker. The main path from the hiking pass parking lot to the Mountain House area is marked along the way with a little green house icon nailed into trees along the route. The hike back, is similarly marked with a red car icon along the route...while these are ingenious and very helpful, I wish the other route were also marked...at least with colored flags. There is a shortcut along the way; the fox path which is pretty strenuous and quite a workout but will save you about 15-20 minutes of walking...but that route wasn't well marked...except for some faint red paint on trees and rocks which have faded significantly...so be sure to keep referring to the hiking map...it comes in very handy. You may also want to download the .pdf map from Mohonk's website...that way you always have it on your phone and can zoom in if needed...

I suggest going to the Mountain House first and exploring that area. Day hikers are NOT allowed to access the house, only the surrounding trails. From there, you can take the trail up to the Sky Tower, or for those adventurous enough...take the Labyrinth path...which is essentiall a 45-minute obstacle course that connect the Mountiain House area with the Sky Top. Once at the Skytop, be sure to explore and ascend the tower (about 100 steps) for some spectacular views.

Had an amazing time and got some excellent photos. I highly suggest going in the fall...it may be a bit chilly, but dress in layers as I found myself removing and then putting back layers of clothing throughout my trip.

Bathrooms are near the mountain house so be sure to stop off there before you trek back to the parking lot...unless you want to wait another 45-60 minutes. 4

It didn't feel "crowded" despite being a sold-out fall Sunday...there is lots of space to distance...and most people were respectful of each other's space and time in certain target areas which are coveted for photos...

I understand the price is a bit much...(i.e. family of four would pay $110) given what is offered...which is my only gripe wth this experience. A $20/$15 price or discounted weekday rate may be more appropriate.
Written 27 October 2021
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roadfiddler
1 contribution
Oct 2021
My favorite place for a day hike for the last 50 years. You will not be disappointed.
All the comments that are complaining about a $30 day fee are mistaking the Mohonk Mountain House resort for the Mohonk Preserve. The day fee for the Preserve is much less ($15), and Ulster County residents can get free day passes at local libraries. Also, twice a year in spring and fall, Ulster County residents can obtain free 1-month passes.
Written 7 October 2021
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AB73
2 contributions
Jun 2021
Overpriced, underwhelming, and poorly marked on the map. After spending $30 to park 2+ miles away from the main grounds, I came home to realize that I didn't even successfully reach the Lemon Squeeze. And I did my research ahead of time too! Nowhere on the map does it say that the Lemon Squeeze is actually located inside the crevice. Also, trying to find the crevice is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. If the preserve is going to make day hikers park off-site, the least they could do is keep their golf carts from driving on the pedestrian trail into/out of the preserve. Not sure why the carts can't use the road instead, but I really didn't appreciate the additional dirt and noise.
Written 1 July 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM