Mountains, historic trails, pick your own produce, extreme sports and beautiful vistas, highlight the town of Gardiner.
Nearby, the spectacular Shawangunk Mountains (called “The Gunks” by locals) extend for over 20 miles and reach 2200 feet in height at Sam’s Point, the highest elevation on the ridge. Gardiner is a great access point for the Shawangunk Scenic Mountain By-Way, an 88-mile drive that takes you through terrain unique in the Northeast to the Shawangunk Mountain Region. In addition, the Shawangunk Kill and The Wallkill River provide unspoiled and picturesque spots for hiking, fishing, or picnics. Interestingly, the Wallkill is one of the few rivers in the northern hemisphere that flows north.
For a peaceful afternoon, you can meander through five orchards selling fresh produce and a half dozen cattle farms. For four-season recreation, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail follows the path of the 1860’s railroad and provides a great opportunity to hike, bike or ski. Additionally, hikers can savor Mohonk Preserve’s 6,500 unspoiled acres or the vast Minnewaska State Park, both with spectacular views of the Hudson Valley.
If you are searching for something even more active, the extreme sport of rock climbing on the Gunks (considered by many the finest in the Northeast) and sky diving maybe just what you are looking for.
For those interested in early history, visit the Terwilliger House and Locust Lawn to learn how we lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit also one of the oldest gristmills in the United States and a distillery -- the first to operate in New York State since prohibition.
From a restored one-room school house to shopping and century old farms, Gardiner is a wonderful destination filled with outstanding vistas and recreation opportunities.