• Split Rock at Mohonk Preserve

Mountains, historic trails, pick-your-own farms, extreme sports like rock climbing and sky diving and beautiful vistas highlight the town of Gardiner. 

Nearby, the spectacular Shawangunk Mountains (called “The Gunks” by locals) extend for over 20 miles. The Shawangunk Scenic Mountain Byway is an 88-mile drive with beautiful natural scenery. In addition, the Shawangunk Kill and The Wallkill River provide unspoiled and picturesque spots for hiking, fishing or picnics. Interestingly, the Wallkill is one of the few rivers in the northern hemisphere that flows north.

For a peaceful afternoon, you can meander through five orchards selling fresh produce and a half-dozen cattle farms. For four-season recreation, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail provides a great opportunity to hike, bike or ski. Additionally, hikers can savor Mohonk Preserve’s 6,500 unspoiled acres or the vast Minnewaska State Park, both with spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. 

For those interested in early history, visit the Terwilliger House and Locust Lawn to learn how we lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit also one of the oldest gristmills in the United States and a distillery - the first to operate in New York State since prohibition. 

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