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Park in Ulster County Features Unique Hiking Trails

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A park in Ulster County not only features beautiful fall foliage and some great views, it also features unique hiking trails. Time Warner Cable News' Brad Vivacqua filed the following report.

ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County offers breathtaking views from some of the most unique vantage points the Empire State has to offer.

"Absolutely glorious," said Sally Scott, a visitor from Wales. "The colors, well, breathtaking."

"It's just the most beautiful place in the world to be," said Doug Bartocci, a Middletown resident.

Getting to such a place would seem like quite a hike.

"There's so many different trails to see," said Eric Humphrey, superintendent of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. "But the accessibility of some of them, to get to some of these rugged locations via a natural, gradual carriage road is a very unique experience."

At Minnewaska State Park Preserve, you don't have to be a seasoned athlete to make that hike.

"You're talking 10-foot-wide gravel paths through the woods are the easier trails," Humphrey said. "There are more rugged trails that are more the foot trails. But if people are out for a leisurely stroll, the carriage rolls can really get people out."

It's situated on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge and surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain.

"We've gone further than we thought because we were enjoying it," Scott said. "We've seen turkey vultures and black vultures, and it's been thrilling."

With more than 60 miles of trails, "further up" may eventually mean 2,000 feet above sea level, an opportunity that has Bartocci hooked.

"This is my outdoor gym in season. I come up here, I do bouldering, I do hiking and mountain biking, and it's just spectacular," he said.

Even Bartocci agrees, though, that you won't need wheels to enjoy the fall scenery.

"For people that aren't into doing 20 miles, from a short hike to a long hike, some fresh air, nice outdoor surroundings, nice people here, clean environment, very good," he said.

On pace to once again shatter their attendance record, it will be a busy fall well into October.

"Don't hesitate. Put some stout walking shoes on and come and enjoy it, because we've just been blown away by it. It's been wonderful," Scott said. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP