Sheldon Falls

Minnewaska State Park. Gardiner, NY

The Peterskill weaves a rugged path down to the Rondout Creek in Accord. Along that path, it has carved its way down to bedrock in many places, leaving the stream flowing over smooth rock slabs and a series of lovely cascades historically known as Sheldon Falls. This area more than makes up for its lack of height with a series of deep pools set in a beautiful forest. It is an isolated yet totally accessible area. Park at the Peterskill entrance of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. There is a day-use fee. The trailhead is at the west end of the lot (far right corner if you are facing the road). Look for a red-blazed foot path past the rock-climbing area that is clearly marked for climber’s use only. Follow the path downstream Note that there are a number of other paths in this area. Purchasing a map of the area is always a good plan before heading out in a new place.