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NY State Parks has begun offering a longer-term camping option at Max V Shaul State Park in Schoharie County.

In the 179 NY State Park system, this is only the third Park that offers this opportunity.  This is the first park in the Saratoga / Capital / Hudson Valley and Taconic regions that this is being offered.

For campers interested in spending several weeks – or more – at a time, a number of campsites are being made available for this special option. This will save campers time and reservation fees because they only need to make a single reservation for their extended stays.  (Typically at most state park campgrounds, campers are limited to a maximum of 14 continuous nights.)

Seasonal camping reservations must be made with the park directly at 518.827.4711.

The only other state park locations in the state that offer longer term camping are in our Central Region – Bowman Lake and Oquaga Lake.

If you are unfamiliar – Max V. Shaul is a quiet setting with wooded sites. Highlights at the park include fishing in the Schoharie Creek, hiking the park’s nature trails, enjoying shady picnic grounds, open playing fields and a playground.  Additionally, campers have free vehicle access to nearby Mine Kill State Park which offers an Olympic size swimming pool, multi-use trails, boating by permit and views of the scenic 80-foot Mine Kill Falls.

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Central New York  is home to some very unique geologic wonders only found here.

Take Schoharie County’s Howe Caverns, for example. A prehistoric underground cavern six million years in the making, Howe Caverns is 156 feet below the Earth’s surface. Some newer additions to the mysterious limestone formations, the stalactites and the stalagmites include the Howe High Adventure Ropes Course, an aerial adventure; the four-tower Zip Lines, offering scenic views from up to 40 feet in the air; and the Howe Caverns Mining Company, a new 6,000-square-foot area filled with gemstones, fossils and arrowheads. Secret Caverns, also in Schoharie County, features a magnificent 100-foot underground waterfall beneath the hills of the Central New York Region.

In the rocks forming the Herkimer Diamond Mines, beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals, Herkimer Diamonds, can be found. These phenomenal gemstones, which are indigenous to Herkimer County, are believed to be close to five hundred million years old. The crystals appear to have been precision cut by man with their diamond-like geometrical shape; hence the name “Herkimer Diamonds.”

Nestled amidst 72 acres of woodlands in Montgomery County, lies the spectacular 45-foot-high Canajoharie Gorge. The gorge is a geologic wonder, home to fossils of ancient creatures encrusted in its walls of shale and granite. Canajoharie is known as the “pot that washes itself,” named by the Mohawk Indians because of the creek’s limestone bed.

200 Waterfalls in Central & Western NY

Some majestic waterfalls in the Central New York Region include the 167-foot Chittenango Falls in Madison County, Chenango County’s Rexford Falls in Sherburne and Oneida County’s Oriskany Falls, which is actually a village whose name is derived from a waterfall on a nearby stream. As a main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park, Chittenango Falls was caused by the glacial sculpting of 40 million-year-old bedrock. (These, and many more waterfalls are featured in the guidebook “200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York – A Finders’ Guide.”)

For more information on any of the natural wonders of the Central New York Region mentioned here, or to plan a visit, please stop by www.JustGoCNY.com.

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Alan Ginsburg, DailyGazette.com
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It would wind through a scenic valley of rolling forested hills, farm fields and streams.

Called the “Cobleskill Creek Trail,” the three-mile stretch would pass through cropland once inhabited by Iroquois Indians whose encampment, unearthed by an archaeological dig, revealed artifacts from more than 8,000 years ago.

It’s also here that the notorious Joseph Brant, a loyalist Mohawk Indian and British military officer during the American Revolution, led an attack on the settlement of Cobleskill, setting fire to fields and homesteads.

Besides serving as a recreational trail — for hiking, walking, running, bicycling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing — it would feature interpretive stations offering archaeological and historical accounts of early Iroquois Indians, the history of Brant’s raid and facts about area agriculture and wildlife. Picnic sites would be available along the trail.

“The trail will bring the community together and offer many benefits, recreation and exercise and some educational opportunities,” said John Rose, president of the Schoharie County Trail Association Inc., a nonprofit group.

The recently formed organization’s purpose is “to foster and advance the creation of recreational trails in Schoharie County,” he said

From the east, one trailhead would start near the college tennis courts, follow the Cobleskill Creek, cross Route 7 and continue through the college’s agricultural complex to the Warnerville Cutoff. From there, it would continue west parallel to Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks, then cut south through private property — where the landowner has provided an easement —to Route 7 and go along Route 7 west to the high school.

He said that in the future the trail could be extended westward toward Oneonta, north to Montgomery County along Route 10 to connect to the Erie Canal trail and south to Delaware County and the Catskills.

Nickle said about $35,000 will be needed to contract with Alta Planning and Design for construction plans to build the trail. So far, $25,000 has been raised.

He said without the construction plans, it’s difficult to estimate the total cost of the project. Once construction plans are completed, the Schoharie County Trail Association would apply for any available grants. The group is currently planning fundraising activities.

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