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Sam's Point Preserve


Effective Thursday, January 1st, 2015: Sam’s Point Preserve will be closed during the months of January, February, and March. Sam’s Point Preserve will reopen in April 2015 under new management. Sam’s Point Preserve will be part of Minnewaska State Park Preserve and operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Palisades Interstate Park Commission effective April 2015. Should you wish to visit the region during the winter season, please consider Minnewaska State Park Preserve. For information on permitted activities and conditions at Minnewaska, please call 845-255-0752 or visit www.nys.parks.com. The Nature Conservancy apologizes for any inconvenience.

About Sam's Point

Perched atop the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge, south of Mohonk and Minnewaska State Park Preserves, lies Sam’s Point Preserve — 5,400 acres sheltering one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world. Home to nearly 40 rare plant and animal species and three rare natural communities, the northern Shawangunks represent one of the highest priorities for conservation in the Northeastern United States.

In 1996, after nearly 25 years of negotiations, the Open Space Institute secured protection of the Sam's Point area with the assistance of a large number of partners, including the Lila Acheson and Dewitt Wallace Fund for the Hudson Highlands and The Nature Conservancy. Today, the preserve is owned by the Open Space Instititute and managed by the Conservancy's Eastern New York Chapter. You can also play a role in the Conservancy’s long-term success in this region when you make a safe and secure online gift to support our work.

In 2005, the preserve celebrated the opening of the Sam’s Point Conservation Center. The 3,000 square foot building, which meets the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council, complements and reflects the dramatic setting of Sam’s Point and the surrounding Shawangunk Ridge. The center was designed by Bialecki Architects.

For information on visiting Sam's Point, group visit and permits for Shingle Gully/Ellenville Ice Caves, please contact:

Cara Lee, Senior Conservation Manager
845-255-9051 ext. 10 or clee@tnc.org

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