Are you planning a winter vacation to New York's Palisades Region? If so, you may want to consider bringing your cross-country skiing gear with you. There are several spots located in the area that have great cross-country skiing trails. Here's a quick look at a few of them:
Harriman State Park
Harriman State Park is partially located in Orange County. It features more than 175 miles of trails, some of which are suited for cross-country skiing. Visitors should check in with the park staff upon arrival to see which ski trails are open. I should also mention that some of the trails can be hard to follow in spots. Therefore, skiers should plan accordingly. I'd also recommend that skiers bring plenty of potable water and an emergency signaling device just in case.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located in Ulster County. It features more than 35 miles of trails. Some of the trails are old carriage roads. They tend to be suitable for cross-country skiing. The Beacon Hill Carriageway and Lake Minnewaska Carriageway are typically nice routes. However, I have found that it is best to check with the park's staff to confirm which trails are safe for passage. I'd also suggest that skiers stick to the designated trails because there are steep cliffs and drop-offs located within the park.
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is located in Orange County. It features miles of trails, many of which are wonderful for cross-country skiing. Skiers should make it a point to verify which trails are open and bring their own skis. The 2.5 mile long Major Welch Trail located near Hessian Lake is often a good spot to visit. The park also has a wonderful ice skating rink and sledding area. I'd suggest that skiers consider making a weekend of it. The onsite Overlook Lodge and Bear Mountain Inn are great places to spend the night.
Rockland Lake State Park
Rockland Lake State Park is located in Rockland County. It features several trails. However, not all of them are suitable for cross-country skiing. Visitors will also need to bring their own skis. The area located around the lake is usually a good location to visit. I should also mention that the park can be dangerous in spots because of the cliffs. As such, skiers are encouraged to check with the park staff on which trails are safe for use and carry an emergency signaling device while using the trails.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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