Hubs and I have always been fans of Mohonk Mountain House, and decided to head off one Saturday to hike out on the trails out there. This weekend we found out they actually charge you to hike trails on their property (I guess before no one cared to stop us and ask us to pay?!) They wanted $25 PER PERSON! Just to walk around for 2 hours. Yea right, we quickly pulled a U-ee and high tailed it outta there, but had to figure out what we were going to do for a few hours in New Paltz with no plans.
I got on my iphone and within seconds I found out there is a State Park with awesome views and hikes and only cost $8 per carload. We were in, if only we could find it. 20 miles later of driving around the mountain we happened upon the entrance , parked and partook in the loveliness that was Minnewaska state park for the day. So Alabanians, this place is only an hour and half south and totally worth the drive. I also recommend the Gilded Otter for beers afterwards