by Andrea Minoff , Poughkeepsie Journal, link to original post
A new trail opened recently in the northernmost part of Minnewaska State Park will provide part of the long-sought green link connecting the Shawangunks to the Catskills. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference joined with the Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club to celebrate the opening of the Mine Hole Trail.
This 3.5-mile trail linking the Berrypicker Trail to Berme Road is a new part of the Long Path, which connects many of New York’s parks, preserves and state forest lands for 346 miles from the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to Altamont, near Albany. Government and park officials and Trail Conference volunteers who planned and built the trail connection spoke at a ceremony held on June 2 at Soyuzivka, the Ukranian Heritage Foundation Center on Foordmore Road in Kerhonkson, followed by a ribbon cutting at the beginning of the newly opened trail on Berme Road. The Long Path is maintained by 74 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteers and member groups. The local chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has volunteered to maintain the new trail.
Trail description: The Long Path will follow its current course through Sam’s Point Preserve to, heading northbound, the Verkeerder Kill Falls area (private land). There, instead of continuing on along the Scenic Trail past Mud Pond, Lake Awosting and along the Rainbow Falls Trail, Jenny Lane, and Old Minnewaska Trail to Rt. 44/55, the Long Path will turn north to co-align with the High Point Trail, continue on the Berrypicker Trail in Minnewaska, follow Smiley Carriage Road for a short distance, then turn onto the new Mine Hole Trail to Berme Road in Wawarsing.
From Berme Road, it is a two-mile road walk as the route follows Port Ben Road, crosses Route 209 and continues on Lundy Road to Vernooy State Forest. One last regulatory hurdle remains to be crossed in order to blaze a route for the Long Path through that forest and the adjacent Sundown Wild Forest.
Once the Department of Environmental Conservation completes the Unit Management Plans for these two state forests, the trail will follow the west bank of the Vernooy Kill to Vernooy Falls, to rejoin the current route. Until that time, the trail will follow Rogue Harbor Road to Upper Cherrytown Road, part of the current route from the Shawangunks to the Catskills.
For more information, contact Larry Wheelock at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-512-9348.