Ellenville: Gateway to the Gunks
On the southeast edge of the Shawangunk Ridge sits Ellenville, a small town founded in the late 1700s. At the eastern end of Ellenville, you’ll find Sam’s Point Preserve, a part of the Shawangunk Ridge known for its ice caves. The ice caves are an open fault where ice exists throughout the year – because of the cooler climate, a different variety of vegetation is able to grow, that would not normally exist without cooler temperatures.
The highest lake in the Shawangunk Ridge, Sam’s Point Preserve’s Lake Maratanza, sits at 2,245 feet above sea level and supplies drinking water to Ellenville. Sam’s Point Preserve is also known for sweeping views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Owned by the Open Space Institute, Sam’s Point Preserve is managed by the Nature Conservancy to ensure that it remains available to residents and visitors today and in the future.
Ellenville is popular amongst hang gliders and features several hang gliding companies including Ellenville Flight Park and Mountain Wings. Ellenville’s geography, topography and climate conditions make it an ideal destination for hang gliding, boasting distance records of over 200 miles and eleven hours in the air.
Those who enjoy dining can check out Gaby’s Café, a local bar & grill with a full lunch and dinner menu specializing in authentic Mexican fare. Those seeking traditional American dishes enjoy the Publik House, with a selection of seafood, burgers, sandwiches and more. Another popular spot is Aroma Thyme, the first green certified restaurant in the Hudson Valley, serving a delightful selection of grass-fed steaks, seafood, and vegetarian options.
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