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Featured: Lake Minnewaska

Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City. 

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Kingston Point Beach, Kingston

This riverfront beach includes a boat launch, playground, volleyball courts, picnic area, and Veteran's museum.  Pavilion, swimming, kayaking, wind surfing, picnicking, playgrounds, volleyball courts.  Majestic views of the Hudson River.

Open Thursday through Sunday from June 20 through Labor Day. Lifeguard on duty. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Lower Delaware Ave.Kingston, NY 12401
845-331-1682

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Onteora Lake, Kingston

Onteora Lake is a small narrow waterbody that has great access and good fishing opportunities. The shoreline is undeveloped and has a fairly steep drop-off. Onteora lake is really popular with folks that like to kayak and have a small boat for fishing.

Physical Features

Elevation: 423 feet
Surface Area: 16.5 acres
Shore Length: 1.3 miles
Max Depth: 20 feet

Trail Directions: Take 28 west 2 miles from Thruway traffic circle. On right after road bends right. Before/next to plaza with Coffee roaster. Woodstock Harley is 350 feet past on opposite side. Once there, park in either lot. Take jeep trail past lake and bear left, about a mile up is first singletrack on right side.


The Big Deep, Woodstock

Take a beautiful trail that leads you to a stream and a swimming hole.  You can dive in off rocks or off the rope swing. Secluded setting, just minutes outside of Woodstock.

Big Deep is a town park that is very well known and used on hot days in Woodstock.  About 1 1/2 miles before you get to downtown Woodstock.  Park near the plant nursery on side of Route 212 that looks like a wooded driveway. Follow the trail to the stream and a swimming hole.  

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz

Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky
terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing.

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Blue Hole, Peekamoose

Rated in Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the best swimming holes in NY.

About 40 minutes away but way worth the drive. Roundout Creek dumps off into a huge watering hole that you can jump/dive from above cliffs!

It's always nice and cold so your dip will be quite chill & refreshing!

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-swimming-holes/8

Little tricky to find but worth it: Park in the lot off of Rt. 42, 10 miles from the intersection of Rt 42 and 28A.

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Split Rock Falls, High Falls

A diverse wading area in Coxing Kill where the creek plunges into a small gorge of solid rock and streams out on the other end into a pool.

Take 44/55 to Clove Rd. Keep to the right on this dirt road, over bridges, until you get to the to the Coxing Kill Trailhead and parking area.

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Tubing- Esopus Creek, Phoenicia

Adrenaline seekers go to Phoenicia to experience the intensity of the rapids on the Esopus Creek.

The Course begins upstream from the Town Tinker headquarters, in Phoenicia NY and contains the best and most extreme whitewater the Esopus has to offer. Depending on the water height an average tubing
trip takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Transportation to the entry points is provided by the Town Tinker Taxi.

http://www.towntinker.com/

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