Overview: One brisk March morning, my friend and I set out for a morning hike to Sam’s Point and Verkeerderkill Falls in the Sam’s Point Preserve in Minnewaska State Park.
Sam’s Point is named for an early European settler named Sam Gonzales who is fabled to have jumped off the cliff escarpment while being pursued by Native Americans.
Verkeerder Kill Falls is a spectacular 187 foot high waterfall, and we found it frozen when we visited.
Hike Length: 6.0 miles round-trip
Elevation gain: 700 feet
Location: Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam’s Point Area, 400 Sam’s Point Road, Cragsmoor, NY 12420
Parking & Logistics: Sam’s Point has a small parking lot that fills up early. Arrive early or visit at non-peak times. Sam’s Point opens at 9:00am. The vehicle use fee is $10 per car. Closing times vary throughout the year.
Dogs: Dogs must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash.