Shawangunk Mountains and New Paltz Trails

Less than two hours from New York City, the Shawangunk Mountains, or the Shawangunks,  in New Paltz continue the line of the Appalachian Mountains northward to the Catskills. This scenic area boasts many hiking trails, meandering drives, and attractions sure to keep the whole family happy and active. Minnewaska State Park, the Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve, and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail are a few of the public lands set aside and protected for the enjoyment of the natural wonders therein.

Residents of New Paltz, facing “the Gunks” on the other side of the Wallkill River, are proud to announce the opening of the Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge, which will allow pedestrians and cyclists, along with motorists “access to the iconic view of the Shawangunk Mountains and the Mohonk Watchtower,” according to the Mid Hudson Valley Patch. The bridge is part of a project to create a beautiful waterfront area that will attract businesses and tourists.

All in all, Ulster County has a lot to offer as a weekend getaway for a busy New Yorker who wants to escape the concrete jungle to see some real rocks and trees. Autumn is an especially beautiful time to enjoy a trip to a vineyard, an easy hike, or a blood-pumping climb up a cliff.

These are great activities for the whole family, but they are not without their risks. When vacationing in a wooded area, be sure to use bug spray and protective clothing, but still perform whole body inspections for ticks, especially on children. Ticks transmit diseases, some more well-known than others, so it is important to make a note of any possible tick bites so you can inform your healthcare provider if problems arise.

What about when you have an accident? Maybe you sprained your ankle while hiking and you are wondering where to go for treatment. Emergency rooms are busy and expensive. You could hobble in behind someone requiring life-saving intervention, and therefore wait for hours to be seen by a doctor. No need to worry. First Care Walk-In Medical Center is located between New Paltz and Highland on Route 299. They specialize in adult and pediatric urgent care including x-ray and laboratory services. They accept most insurances and are open 7 days a week.

The Shawangunk Mountains are a wonderful place to visit, and you can rest assured that should any health issue arise, you will be in good hands at First Care Walk-In Medical Center.