Long Path through Mine Kill State Park

The Long Path through Mine Kill State Park and the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center offers hikers an amazingly diverse blend of scenery and terrain ranging from spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Schoharie Creek and Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, to incredibly picturesque ravines shrouded in hemlock and white pine. Hikers also pass the famous, 80-foot tall Mine Kill Falls while heading north through the park toward historic Lansing Manor and beyond.

photo: Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail, Snow Trail
Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Heritage and History
Hunting
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency:
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Mine Kill State Park in Gilboa/North Blenheim, NY to the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center.
States: New York
Counties: Schoharie
Latitude: 42.43761   Longitude: -74.45895

From Albany, NY, take I-90 West to I-88 West. Take Exit 23 for Route 30A South toward Schoharie. Merge onto Route 30 South and continue for 8.5 miles into the village of Middleburgh, NY. Bear right at the light over the bridge and follow Route 30 South for 15 miles to the Mine Kill State Park entrance on left. Parking for the Long Path is at the Mine Kill park office.

Description

The Long Path affords both the casual day hiker and seasoned long-distance backpacker outstanding opportunities to embrace the outdoors. The Long Path (LP) is an approximately 350-mile long, scenic trail that begins at the George Washington Bridge across from Manhattan in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The LP makes its way northward along the breathtaking Palisades of the Hudson River, connecting several state, county and local parks while heading toward the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. Beyond the Catskills, the LP then continues its journey along the Schoharie Valley and travels through Mine Kill State Park toward its current finishing point in Altamont, NY. Plans to extend the LP across the Mohawk River and into the Adirondacks are currently being implemented along the northernmost section of the trail.
Historically, the Long Path was conceived by General Electric scientist Vincent Joseph Schaefer in the 1930’s, and was originally proposed as an unmarked route whereby a hiker would scout their own “trail” using landmarks, map and compass. However, from the 1960’s to present day, the Long Path evolved as a more traditional, marked hiking trail connecting public parks and open space interspersed with road walks and sections through private land. Mine Kill State Park and the NYPA Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center property located in Schoharie County, New York boasts a 5-mile segment of the Long Path, as it enters the park along the southwestern boundary, passes at the base of the signature Mine Kill Falls, crosses Route 30 and meanders its way toward the West Kill on its way over Vroman’s Nose and beyond.
The Long Path also intersects several of the region’s other long distance trails, including the recently developed Highlands Trail as well as the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The LP’s proximity to New York City, Albany and sprawling suburbs make it highly accessible to an incredibly large population, while still maintaining a wilderness setting throughout most of its length. Individuals and groups may decide to hike just a small segment of the LP as part of an exercise regimen, or may choose to challenge themselves with a multi-day adventure on a section or thru-hike of the entire trail.
Several government and non-government organizations are responsible for the maintenance and protection of the Long Path. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation oversee specific sections of the LP including the Hudson Palisades region and the section within the Catskill Park, respectively. The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference based in Mahwah, NJ regularly updates maps, guidebooks and descriptions on the Long Path and its current route. The Trail Conference also manages volunteer groups that oversee trail relocations, clean ups and LP extensions. The Long Path North Hiking Club serves as a subsidiary volunteer group of the Trail Conference for the section that contains Mine Kill State Park all the way to the northern terminus near Albany. The club hosts monthly guided hikes on the Long Path that include sections through Mine Kill and the NYPA property in addition to bridge construction events throughout Schoharie County.
The Long Path through Mine Kill State Park is consistently rated very highly among hikers who have experienced its natural beauty. From open bluffs with inspiring views of the Schoharie Creek, to dense groves of hemlock, pine and oak, to the tranquil Mine Kill Falls, the LP meanders its way through some of the most pristine wilderness along the entire trail. Mine Kill State Park, NYPA and the Long Path North Hiking Club continue to support trail maintenance activities, build interpretive kiosks and monitor registers along the 5-mile LP segment within the park. This particular section of the Long Path contains a wealth of history, geology, diverse ecology and wildlife in addition to being a fun, accessible and challenging hike for everyone.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Gravel
Rock, smooth
Soil

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2014

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: This map includes the section of the Long Path thr
Website: New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Long Path
Website: Long Path North Hiking Club

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Mike Fagerstrom
Park Naturalist
New York State OPRHP
PO Box 923
North Blenheim , NY 12131
(518) 827-6111
michael.fagerstrom@parks.ny.gov

 

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