Sam's Point Preserve, Cragsmoor

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Sam's Point Preserve, or Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve, is a 4,600-acre (19 km2) preserve in Ulster County on the highest point (2,289 feet [698 m]) of the Shawangunk Ridge in New York, on the Wawarsing, New York-Shawangunk town line. It is owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation after having previously been managed by The Nature Conservancy. Its unique environment features dwarf pitch pine trees along the ridgetop. Located within the park is Lake Maratanza, the highest lake on the ridge, and the Ellenville Fault Ice Caves.

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  • we hit this place by chance when our GPS led us here instead of minnewaska lake area, but in the end it was great as there is some construction going on there now and this was not crowded and has...  more »
  • We did the Sams point lookout with my two children ages 8+10. It was about an hour total -up and back (.6 mile), and manageable for that age. Would recommend for a great outdoor activity!  more »

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