Shawangunk Ridge State Forest

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Shawangunk Ridge State Forest

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The southern Shawangunk Mountains begins near Ellenville, New York, a two-hour drive from New York City, and continues south to Port Jervis and the New Jersey border. The southern “Gunks” region includes rare and unusual swamps, secluded glens, gleaming white cliffs, exposed slab rock, chestnut oak forests, and open summits with extensive viewsheds of the Hudson River Valley.

Visitors to the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest can hike a stretch of the historic Long Path, a 326-mile hiking trail extending from the George Washington Bridge north to John Boyd Thacher Park near Albany. There are plans in the future to extend the trail to the Mohawk River and eventually into the Adirondacks.

In an ongoing effort that began in 1984, the Open Space Institute has protected over 5,000 acres between Route 52 to the north and Route 17 to the south. OSI conveyed these lands to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to be managed as part of the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest. Already successful in protecting a 15-mile corridor, OSI’s long-term goal is to create an unbroken 42-mile swath of parkland running from the Mohonk Preserve to the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.


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