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Sam's Point Preserve

Please note that Sam’s Point Preserve is closed during the month of March. 

Since 1996, The Nature Conservancy has managed Sam’s Point Preserve. Effective April 1, 2015, Sam’s Point Preserve will become part of Minnewaska State Park Preserve and be managed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and The Palisades Interstate Park Commission. 

The Nature Conservancy is grateful to its partners for their dedication to the protection of this extraordinary landscape. Working with the community and the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership over the past two decades, The Nature Conservancy led the:

  • Development of a Master Plan for the ecological protection and recreational use of the property
  • Opening of the preserve’s award-winning, LEED certified Meg Stewart Conservation Center
  • Restoration of the carriage roads and trailheads completed in 2012 with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund  

The success of this decades-long project is due to a unique partnership between the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy and OPRHP that has provided for land protection, stewardship and recreational access in the Shawangunks. The transfer of the preserve’s management to NYS Parks adds a new chapter to the conservation history of this remarkable resource of the Shawangunks and for New York State residents and visitors. 

Beginning April 1st, to find information about Sam’s Point Preserve and Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, visit

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 Sam's Point, please contact:

Cara Lee, Senior Conservation Manager
845-255-9051 ext. 10 or

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