Best to go in the spring when the water is raging. Otherwise I’ve been coming to these Falls for many years and prior to the upgrades and when the water is running it is just stunning! Sep 20, 2017. It was lined on both sides with flowers, and was pretty and scenic and whatnot. Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner. We started out by following my GPS to Stony Kill…. Loading... Unsubscribe from Chris Hiker? Stony Kill Falls Stony Kill Falls is the site of one of many access points to the Delaware Aqueduct.It is located in the town of Wawarsing, on the northwestern edge of the Minnewaska Preserve on land acquired in 2001 by the State of New York, The Open Space Institute and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference from Napanoch Sand and Gravel Company that once owned the land. Stony Kill Falls Hotels Flights to Poughkeepsie Things to do in Poughkeepsie Car Rentals in Stony Kill Falls Poughkeepsie Vacation Packages New York may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. Great trail, super easy to trek. This brought us to the parking lot of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. There are lots of improvements on this trail - nice bridges and carefully laid stone steps up the hill to reach the top of the falls. We turned around and followed the stream all the way back. If you’d like to see more, continue over the bridge where you’ll start to climb to the top of the falls. 800 were here. Do NOT do this. After driving around for a while without making any progress, we stopped at Peters Kill parking area (also off of 44/55), went inside to the visitor center, and asked if they could tell us how to get to Stony Kill Falls. My friend Roberto accompanied me on this adventure. Definitely kid friendly great walking trail worth the view short and to the point. Stony Kill Falls. Once at the top it’s more open and flat, with smaller falls that you can climb to follow the stream. Please don’t go in and around the falls anymore. There are no man made barriers to the edge of the falls and the way the falls naturally flow it can be a bit deceiving when getting closer to the edge. Walk around the gate and straight down the road, and in about 2 minutes you’ll see a fenced in area on your right, and a helipad on your left. It is located in the town of Wawarsing , on the northwestern edge of the Minnewaska Preserve on land acquired in 2001 by the State of New York , The Open Space Institute and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference from Napanoch Sand and Gravel Company that once owned the land. She gave us some extremely vague directions – something along the lines of “go left out of the parking lot onto 44/55, go for a few miles, and it’s somewhere on your left. Walk past the gate into a field-like area where you'll see where the trail starts. August‎ ‎18, 2018 – Wawarsing, NY. Lots of stairs to get to the top but we’ll worth it for the views! We took a right out of the Peter’s Kill parking lot, onto 44/55. Also would caution parents to pay close attention to their children if they get to the top. along your way. Is Stony Kills opened? Hoteles cerca de Stony Kill Falls, Kerhonkson: 2.770 opiniones de hoteles, 1.061 fotos de viajeros y los precios más baratos para 30 hoteles en Kerhonkson. We came across a swimming hole where people were taking a dip, even though you’re not supposed to swim there because it’s a preserve – I know this because the lady at the visitor center made of point of stating, twice, that there’s no swimming allowed. Beautiful hike. Wandering and exploring are some of my favorite things to do; I'm always looking for my next adventure. The entire site consists of two parcels with a total of 220 acres running along the Stony Kill Creek. We took a left out of the parking lot, and proceeded to drive farther and farther up and down 44/55 for the next 15 minutes looking for any sign of a waterfall. For a fit person, this is easy, but there are no handrails for much of the trail, so I would be nervous bringing my parents or little kids on the top half of this hike (from the base of the falls to the top of the falls). Back down the stone steps and back to the bridge. After about 2 miles on here, you’ll see Shaft 2A road on your left. The road leading to the parking area is used for access to the aqueduct from the Rondout Resevoir. Find the travel option that best suits you. Date of experience: August 2018. Lots of opportunity to get your feet wet up top. One hundred and eighty woodland acres stretch over a half-mile from the Stony Kill up a wooded hillside to its northern border along Highland Road.The parcel is forested, open and tranquil. trailer to get around it, on both sides. Stony Kill Falls Nears Completion. Stony Kill Environmental Education Center is located Wappingers Falls, NY at 79 Farmstead Lane. There’s another viewing point along the way up as well. Very family friendly. Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 226 ft Route type Out & Back Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Helpful. Immediately after turning onto this road, you’ll need to jack your car to the left onto Rock Haven. You’ll be on a gravel road that takes you down a hill into an open field area, with some mountains in the background. But I digress…. It’s really hard to find and there’s no sign, so just keep an eye out”…. Honestly very pleasant! Open Space Institute Purchases Additional Lands To Protect Stony Kill Falls: New York, NY - January 9, 2004 - This morning the Open Space Institute furthered its land protection plan for the Stony Kill Falls area in the Town of Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York. I’m not usually a fan of water – swimming and beaches and pools are definitely not my idea of a good time. I was going a bit fast, as the initial turn is more of a fork in the road than an actual turn… so approach slowly and you won’t send your passengers flying like I did to poor Roberto LOL, Now you’ll find yourself on a tiny back road…. The hike also starts through an old shale quarry. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest. Although this is a magnificent addition to the falls area I would caution folks who aren’t good with big steps and steel railings. I’d read about a beautiful waterfall that can be seen after a short walk through the woods, which is why I decided to explore Stony Kill Falls. So happy we made it. On the way out I stopped to take one last look. This is one of our favorite waterfalls. Quiet and beautiful nice easy hike mostly flat to the falls. The "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State's most famous scenic attractions. After several miles, we found the street where we needed to turn. Yes… drive until you can’t anymore. That’s why I avoid them unless I’m hiking in the winter, or I’m venturing to one that’s not so well known…. ... Shelving Rock Falls near Log Bay - Lake George, NY August 2011 - Duration: 2:21. The answer was no – good thing we checked. Turn onto Shaft 2A. STARTING JULY 2020: Open Barn is currently open by appointment only. One side was more of a tiny trickle of water, and the other branch had a couple (thankfully also clothed) hanging out, so we decided to turn back. After climbing up these smaller falls, we followed the stream. Max elevation: 1,387 ft.– total elevation gain approximately 281 ft. Route type: Out and back. About two years ago Stony Kill Foundation (SKF) oversees the daily operations and programming of Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY. Amazing hike to a gorgeous waterfall and "nudist" swimming hole. Halfway to the top of the falls the trail is still closed for the season — rock steps on the way up were slick with ice and snow from Monday’s snowfall. Okay, so – back in the car. And just to give a full picture of the size of these “little” falls…. Honestly, I don’t even know why it’s there. It’s not that well-known or accessible, so you most likely won’t have to deal with a crowd. Eventually I suspect there will be a parking lot and kiosk here. Usually I like hiking to abandoned places or ruins, such as Van Slyke Castle, but I love adding waterfalls to my hikes. We played around here for a few minutes. Don’t worry, I made sure he wasn’t a poisonous snake before venturing too close! Upper Awosting, Lake Awosting and Castle Point Loop, Blueberry Pass to Castle Point to Rainbow Falls Loop, Upper Awosting, Lake Awosting, Scenic Trail, Hamilton Point, Minnewaska Lake, Jenny Lane to Rainbow Falls to Castle Point Carriage Road Loop, Castle Point Carriage Road to Upper Awosting Carriageway Loop, Lake Awosting via Lower Awosting Carriageway, Lake Minnewaska, Gertrude's Nose, and Millbrook Mountain Loop, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Awosting and Echo Rock, Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain, Coxing Trail and Millbrook Ridge Trail, Mossy Glen to Upper Rainbow Falls to Escarpment Loop. Stony Kill Ranch is a newly renovated modern rustic ranch located on the border of 22,000 acres of untouched wilderness. ... Stony Kill Falls? The park is justly famed for its scenic carriage roads and beaches. I went in late June, and only saw a few other people the entire time. (leaves DEC website). Views are beautiful once you get to the top. The base of the falls is a large pool where most people stop at to wade or enjoy the water in the warmer months. There are 3 ways to get from Poughkeepsie to Stony Kill Falls by bus, taxi or car. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center is located on Route 9D in Wappingers Falls, NY. It all started over 15 years ago, when the Open Space Institute and the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference acquired a parcel of land off a dead-end road in Kerhonkson known as Shaft 2A from the Napanoch Sand and Gravel Company. We pulled in and asked the girl at the gate if we could get to Stony Kill falls from there (before paying the parking fee). The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. At a closing in Ellenville, OSI acquired an 18-acre property from Napanoch Sand & Gravel through its land acquisition affiliate, the Open Space Conservancy. The access around the falls requires some scrambling. Spectacular waterfall; Fun bridges and steps (caution: could be slippery when wet) Share. Nothing. Approximately 1 1/2 hour north of Manhattan and 2 hours south of Albany. Last edited on 2 March 2020, at 01:43. Beautiful, magical scenery! Taking our time, it was about an hour. Not even a hint of water. I’ve since heard that the swimming hole we found is known as a nudist swimming hole, so I’m eternally grateful that the people we ran across were at least wearing swimsuits… *shudders*…. Confused by Levi's review. At this point we were overheated and tired, but we did take the time to stop and admire the flowers…. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. The only parking here is on the sides of the road. Spectacular views. OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE PROTECTS 90 ACRES ON SHAWANGUNK RIDGE. Stony Kill Falls – Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for slithering things as well – we saw a good sized snake right in our path (I thought he was cute and had to go see him). The Barn is open every Saturday and Sunday, from the beginning of February to the end November from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the exception of days on which special events are held and holidays. If you’re pressed for time or tired, you can enjoy the scenery, then turn around and head back. However, I do like looking at water, and I love violent water. New York, NY - January 9, 2004 - This morning the Open Space Institute furthered its land protection plan for the Stony Kill Falls area in the Town of Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York. If you’re interested in a short hike to some falls, with options to explore further, then check out Stony Kill – just watch out for the nudists. 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