New Mine Hole Trail at Minnewaska Offers Link for Long Path from Gunks to Catskills

Trail Conference volunteers prepare new trail for June 2 opening at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Trail Conference volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the new Mine Hole Trail and Long Path reroute at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, which will be opened on June 2, National Trails Day.

That day, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will join with Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club to celebrate the opening of the new Mine Hole Trail in the northernmost part of the park. This 3.5-mile trail links the Berrypicker Trail to Berme Road and provides most of the long-sought green link to connect the Shawangunks to the Catskills.

The event will begin at 10 am at Soyuzivka, the Ukranian Heritage Foundation Center at 216 Foordmore Road in Kerhonkson, NY. Park officials and Trail Conference volunteers who have planned and built the trail connection will be introduced. Maps of the new trail links will be available. The opening remarks will be followed by a guided hike on the newly opened Mine Hole Trail led by Jean-Claude Fouere of the Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club. The club has volunteered to maintain the new trail.

The round-trip hike will be approximately 7 miles and is rated moderately strenuous. It is open to the public. Bring water and lunch/snacks.

For more information, contact Larry Wheelock at or 201.512.9348

Click here for our full news release, including a description of the new trail.

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Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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