The Mohonk Preserve is one of our favorite locations minutes from Hudson Woods. There is enough to see and do to fulfill various interests for months at a time. Mohonk is New York State’s largest visitor and member supported nature preserve originally founded by the Smiley family with the opening of the Mohonk Mountain House in 1869.
The origin of the Mountain House lies in a ten-room inn, Stokes Tavern, purchased by Albert K. Smiley in 1869 along with 280 surrounding acres, converted over the years into the castle on a lake that we see today. Over the decades, guests have visited Mohonk from around the world, including luminaries such as naturalist John Burroughs, the Rockefellers, Andrew Carnegie, and five U.S. presidents: Chester A. Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Jefferson Clinton.
Today, Mohonk Preserve has grown to over 8,000 acres of cliffs, forests, fields, lakes, ponds and streams along with a plethora of activities. It is New York State’s largest visitor and member supported nature preserve located minutes from Hudson Woods and directly neighboring Minnewaska State Park which is a 22,275-acre protected park in its own right.
The Preserve maintains over 70 miles of carriage roads and 40 miles of trails for hiking, cycling, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding as well as swimming holes, natural pools, various architectural sites, golfing and water sports among many other options. It is also a major destination for rock climbers, hosting 50,000 climbers each year who enjoy more than 1,000 climbing routes. The options often seem endless. While you are in the area, be sure to stop by our open house. Below is a gallery of photo inspiration from Mohonk Preserve as well as the open house schedule.
Sunday Sep. 24th 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Hosted by Architect, Drew Lang
101 Ridgewood Rd. Kerhonkson, NY 12446