Sam's Point Preserve, Cragsmoor

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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  • Such a fun and multi-faceted hike. We did the ice caves and also the falls (though it was August and the water was very light). The ice caves are just a lot of fun. Never seen caves like these. we...  more »
  • We went here the last weekend in October. The weather was supposed to be meh but it turned out quite nice and Sam's Point was pretty crowded. The park opens at 9, but you need to get here not much...  more »

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