*This post is part of a “MomOf6 Loves NY!” series that highlights some our family’s favorite places to visit during a New York road trip!
One activity that I believe I am inspiring my kids to love is hiking. Getting out on a trail that winds through the woods, offers distant sweeping views of treetops or mountains, and includes a lake, river, or waterfall- makes me feel connected to nature and just “feeds my soul”. And getting some exercise while all enjoying all of this natural goodness is just a fantastic side benefit! One of our favorite places to visit every summer is Minnewaska State Park, located in New Paltz, NY.
“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, 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 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.” Parks.NY.gov