Ulster County Real Estate - The Shawangunk's
If you want to have more fun than should be allowed by law, all within a 90 minute ride of New York City, spend a weekend exploring the Gunks. What are the Gunks you ask? They are a world class climbing destination perched in, on, and around the Shawangunk Ridge. Home to some of the best rock climbing in North America. The Sky Top, a prominent stone face with more than 300 different routes to the top, has cliffs up to 350 feet. Check out one or two of The Gunks' ice caves, where the deep rock fissures stay icy cool throughout the summer months.
For the active trail runner, there is the 12 mile+ Wallkill Valley Rail Trail located near the Village of New Paltz. The trail, which was once an active rail road corroder, is now a designated area that allows the runner/hiker the opportunity to meander through farms and orchards. Perhaps biking is your thing, and the Gunks along with the surrounding area allows for all manner of challenge for the fat tire or skinny tire enthusiast. If the voices in your head scream, “climbing”, the Gunks offer countless areas to boulder or rope up with a partner. The difficulty can range from easy verticals to, “O My God, You Want Me To Do What… ” walls.
If climbing isn’t your passion, there’s still more than enough please everyone – from visiting The Minnewaska State Park, to checking out the Stony Kill Falls (the largest waterfall in the Gunks), various swimming holes, Lake Awosting – or just take a drive along the Gunks, for peaceful & outstanding views. Information and local guides can be arranged in the Village. Once you get the Gunks under your skin, you will never really leave. The Huguenot’s arrived in 1677 and never really left. There presence can still be seen in the stone Huguenot Homes scattered throughout the area. Come for a weekend and soon enough you will be looking for a more permanent situation.