Visiting the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Upstate New York

If you’re in upstate New York, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Minnewaska State Park Preserve for some stunning scenery, especially during the fall. Plus, the drive up to the preserve had a few perfect overlooks to enjoy the view of the area.

To enter the Minnewaska State Park Preserve you’ll need to pay a $10 fee per vehicle (they take cash and card!). For updated fees check the site with price details.

During our visit, we hiked the Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail and on the Awosting Falls Connection Trail. There are plenty of other longer trails throughout the park which you can look up on AllTrails. Many are a few miles long but the loop around the lake is only 1.9 miles, and the hike to Awosting Falls is 1.1 miles.

The Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail, which circles the entire lake, will take you about an hour. While walking the trail you’ll find plenty of sights and overlooks to enjoy. I especially enjoyed the mirror reflection on the lake when there isn’t much wind.

Glassy reflection at Lake Minnewaska

The first parking lot you see while driving into the Minnewaska State Park Preserve will take you to a trail leading to Awosting Falls. This 1.1 mile out-and-back hike is well worth the stop. From the parking lot it’ll take you about 15 minutes to get to the top of the falls and another 10 minutes to get to the bottom of the falls.

There are plenty of areas to set a tripod up at the top of the falls, making it easy to photograph the creek feeding in. I loved all of the autumn colors in the background.

Once you walk down to the bottom you’ll be greeted with a large rocky area and a view of the falls.

Bottom view of Awosting Falls
Lake Minnewaska on Google Maps

Photos of Lake Minnewaska

Here are more photos from our hikes in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

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3 comments on “Visiting the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Upstate New York”

  1. I use to work there from 2014 to 2017 before the change ,it was one of the best jobs I had .The Park is big ,to big for the small dependable staff they have ,the ceinery ,aniamals ,and the helpful staff are the best .Enjoy the time you visit the Park ,you can’t see it all in a weekend.

  2. When the state of New York got a hold of this beautiful landscape they ruined it. Dogs. Mountain bikes, trash, inconsiderate hikers have contributed to a massive degradation to the ecosystem. The cars pollution noise and crowds have destroyed it,!