Trapps Gateway

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

Trapps Gateway

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courtesy of Mohonk Preserve

At the foothills of the Northern Shawangunk Ridge, The Trapps Gateway opens onto the 6,600-acre Mohonk Preserve, the largest member- and visitor-supported Preserve in New York State, and serves as the main public entryway to the Shawangunks. The Gateway welcomes visitors to hundreds of miles of carriage roads and trails designated for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and more. Each year, 50,000 climbing enthusiasts come to the Preserve to tackle more than 1,000 technical rock-climbing routes along five linear miles of Shawangunk grit cliff face.

In 2006, OSI donated 117 acres of protected Gateway lands to the Mohonk Preserve, providing the site for a new Visitor’s Center. But OSI wasn’t the first preservationist in the area. In 1869, the Smiley family opened the famous Mohonk Mountain House resort hotel on the waters of Lake Mohonk. The venerable 251-room hotel that still enchants visitors with its Victorian era splendor is surrounded by more than 2,100 forested acres that are adjacent to the Mohonk Preserve.


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