The Poughkeepsie Journal offers this and other fall excursions:
Sam’s Point Preserve, owned by the Open Space Institute and managed by the Nature Conservancy, is a stunning expanse that covers the highest points on the Shawangunk Ridge.
There are several hikes one can take at Sam’s Point. Verkeerderkill Falls, has a spectacular waterfall that drops through a notch in the sheer white cliffs. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the conservation center. The trail to the falls passes through pine barrens with blueberry bushes and, below the shrubs, a mat of sweet-smelling wintergreen.
This is a long hike, and it offers many opportunities to see the fall color in the Wallkill and Rondout valleys.
Distance: About seven miles, roundtrip. Length varies depending on route.
Time: About four hours.
Hazards: The sun. The trail to Verkeerderkill Falls is exposed. Bring water and a hat.
Cost: $7 Parking fee per car.
Bring the dog? Yes.
Bring a bicycle? No.
Getting There: Sam’s Point Preserve is located in southern Ulster County hamlet of Cragsmoor, between Ellenville and Pine Bush. A detailed road map is helpful to find it. From Route 52, turn on Cragsmoor Road. Drive one mile to the Cragsmoor Post Office, and turn right. Then, turn right again onto Sam’s Point Road. The preserve entrance is less than two miles down the road.