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LIMITED PARKING Please be aware that during the season, April through November, parking on weekends and holidays is limited. Plan to arrive early to help secure a parking space and to avoid being turned away. Visiting during weekdays is encouraged. Parking along Sam's Point Road is prohibited and is strictly enforced by the NY State Police and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. Parking Fee is $10.00.
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 Insititute 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.
The Center welcomes school groups, volunteers, hikers and others who visit the preserve and provides a base for the chapter’s stewardship, science, and outreach activities. In addition, the interactive exhibits installed at the Center provide visitors with an enhanced understanding of this rare and fragile "Last Great Place."
Deer hunting is conducted by permit only during the New York hunting season. To obtain a permit for hunting at Sam’s Point Preserve during the 2012-2013 season, please download and complete the application and email it with hunting program in the subject line to email@example.com or mail it to:
Sam’s Point Preserve
Attn: Hunting Program
PO Box 86
Cragsmoor, NY 12420
If you hunted or received a hunting permit at Sam’s Point last year, you need to download and complete the 2011-2012 questionnaire or you will not receive a permit. For more information, contact Michael Crawford at (845) 647-7989 ext.103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are also available at Sam’s Point Conservation Center.
To keep Sam's Point protected for future generations, The Nature Conservancy asks group visitors (12 or more people) to adhere to certain procedures.
Home to nearly 40 rare plants and animals and three rare natural communities, the Northern Shawangunks represent one of the highest priorities for conservation in the northeastern United States. So, whether you consider yourself a first-rate birder or a just a novice at wildlife identification, you're bound to find something out-of-the ordinary at Sam's Point.
More than 200 species of migratory and nesting birds call Sam's Point home. With binoculars in tow, you're sure to see some tiny warblers or flycatchers flitting about. Larger birds can be seen as well, like hawks, falcons, vultures, and ravens.
Black bears, bobcats, foxes, fishers, timber rattlesnakes, and spotted salamanders can all be found at Sam's Point. While not as fuzzy as a fox or as far traveled as a migratory songbird, Sam's Point is still a haven for some amazingly rare and endangered plants and flowers.
Pitch pine is the dominant tree in the minimally fertile pine barrens, while blueberry, huckleberry and sheep laurel comprise most of the shrub layer. A few of the rare species you might come upon are clustered sedge, appalachian sandwort, mountain spleenwort, artic rush, and rhodora.
Beginning Monday, October 8th, the preserve will close at 5:00 pm.
Winter hours: 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
The conservation center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The conservation center is open from mid-April through mid-November.
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Parking Fee: $10.00