Shawangunk
  • Verkeerder Kill Park

The town of Shawangunk was first settled in the late 17th century by European settlers. The name comes from the Lenape Natives  who would refer to the Shawangunk mountain range as having “smokey air”, which is where the prefix “schawan” comes from.  Shawangunk is home to many parks as well as natural areas such as the Walden and Wallkill Rail Trails, Verkeerder Kill Park, Galeville Park and the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. One of the notable aspects of the town of Shawangunk and the mountain ridge is its geology, most notably high levels of quartz.  The beautiful quartz landscape attracts tourists and climbers. It also leads to the growth of rare plant species that otherwise would not grow in the northeast.