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Things to Do in New Paltz

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Huguenot_houses_in_New_PaltzNew Paltz and the surrounding Wallkill Valley are home to some spectacular activities.  In winter it is full of opportunities for skiing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing.

To experience some of the area’s natural beauty, visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  It is a location not to be missed.  Walk down one of the many carriage paths or trials, which provide excellent hiking, and cross country skiing, and horse back riding.  A walk to Awosting Falls should not be missed, especially in winter when the falls freeze and form massive icicles hanging over the ledge.

Join them this week for their Thanksgiving Day Walk Off! Saturday the 30th of November, come work off that extra helping of mashed potatoes with a easy 2.5 mile walk to Awosting Falls.

To experience some of the history of New Paltz, visit Historic Huguenot Street.  Learn about the families who settled New Paltz and see some of the original homes which began the whole town.  See how the Huguenots lived in the late 17th and early 18th century, when the town was founded, and learn all about their way of life.  A tour is highly recommended at this interesting and highly informative location.

To experience some of the great wines that the Wallkill Valley has to offer, visit Robibero Family Vinyards  and Adair Vineyards.  Tour the wineries, and the vineyards, and learn about these great businesses while you try their delicious wines and relax.

For fun snowshoeing and cross country skiing, traverse the Wallkill Vally Rail Trail.  This 12.2 mile trail follows the former path of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, which closed in 1977.  Pass through open fields, woods, farms, on the journey between New Paltz and Gardiner. It’s a great place for bird watching, as well as for watching other wild life.  You’ll also encounter gorgeous views of Shawangunk Ridge and the Wallkill River.

Named one of the best city escapes by Outside magazine, the Mohonk Preserve is an experience not to be missed! This season it offers fabulous cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing to all visitors.  Enjoy miles of trails, including links to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, gorgeous views, and varied trails to match the experience of any visitor.

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