From NYS Thruway N and S: Take exit 18 New Paltz, Take Rt. 299 west thru New Paltz about 6 miles. At the intersection of Rt 44/55 turn right and travel about 10 miles to the junction of Rt 209. Turn left and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the entrance for Lippman Park on your right.
From Kingston: Take Rt 209 south and drive about 23 miles to the entrance for Lippman Park on the right.
From Rt 17: Take Rt. 209 north and drive about 16 miles to the entrance for Lippman Park on the left
Although relatively small in size, only 175 acres, Lippman Park makes optimal use of its open and woodland areas. It is owned and maintained by the Town of Warwarsing, NY for recreational use by the community. Active recreation activities include soccer, basketball, handball, softball, hiking and of course, mountain biking. There are also picnic areas, pavilions and a pond. With Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve less than 10 miles away, the Lippman Park mountain bike trail system provides riders with a great alternative to carriage roads and one of the best singletrack mountain biking venues in the Hudson Valley.
The Renegades Mountain Bike Club was instrumental in creating and building the Lippman Park mountain bike trails. From Doug Nikkila, a member of the Renegades MTB Club:
"Back in the summer of 2009 a group of us approached the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County, NY with the concept of developing a network of singletrack trails in Lippman Park. The Renegades has garnered a great bunch of very-involved individuals. Our club maintains and builds all the trails through volunteer efforts in cooperation with the town of Wawarsing."
"The proceeds from our annual series of MTB races and events helps towards trail maintenance and development."
Lippman Park Mountain Bike Trails
Lippman Park features over 12.5 miles of fast and flowy singletrack trails with added technical challenges including bermed turns, skinnies, bridges and raised boardwalks. The trail system is a work in progress with additional miles and more fun features being added and planned, including a 60-ft suspension bridge that will span a ravine. The trails are well maintained, hard-packed singletrack with some rocky and rooty sections. With 1500 ft. of elevation gain over the entire trail system, you can expect some long climbs on individual trails. Those that like to get some air under the tires will enjoy "The Viper", a small freeride trail. It's a great place to go mountain biking with kids and have fun while developing and sharpening your mountain biking skills.
Lippman Park offers an equal mix of beginner and intermediate trails with about 20 percent geared for advanced riders. For the most part, the trails weave through the woods, occassionally popping out into areas that offer a view. All the trails are marked with numbered 3 inch white discs and old bike frames indicate trail intersections. Bike helmets are required.
Suggested Mountain Bike Rides
Beginner: The 1 mile Pond Loop is the easiest trail in the Lippman Park. It winds through the park’s open area. Suggested singletrack trails for the beginner are Tadpole, Thunder or Crazee 8’s. Hone your MTB skills on the super twisty Crazy 8’s trail with lots of bermed turns and skinnies.
Intermediate and Advanced: Try biking the whole trail system, starting with trail #1 and working your way through trail #19. The Lower and Upper Ledge Trails require lots of climbing. For a mild freeride experience try the Viper Trail.
Black Diamond Sections: Rudy's Bailout, Rock Garden, Devil's Drop, Cyclone and Chupacabra
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