Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Park
|Description: Located in scenic Schoharie Valley with its mix of field and forest, Mine Kill
State Park includes an 80-foot waterfall. Hiking and fishing are enjoyed during
warmer weather. In winter, visitors can participate in snowshoeing and
Max V. Shaul State Park is also located in Schoharie Valley. With its sweeping
views, this small campground offers a nature and hiking trail and fishing
in Panther and Schoharie creeks. Winter visitors can cross-country ski here
Wildlife to Watch: Fields may provide views of red-tailed hawks, and a bluebird trail at Mine Kill
allows close-up glimpses of these birds at nest boxes in spring and summer.
Bald eagles can sometimes be seen overhead, following the course of
Schoharie Creek. At the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, a large variety of waterfowl
can be seen during migration, and forest habitat supports populations of
white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. The lower part of the reservoir is stocked
with trout and walleye and also holds bass, carp and panfish.
Special Tips: Both parks are open year-round for day use. There is a vehicle
entrance fee during the summer months. Hours and fees vary by activity, but fees
cover use of the trails at both parks. Bow hunting is allowed by permit at Mine
Kill from the New York Power Authority. Mine Kill overlooks the NY Power
Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, which has an interesting
Other Activities: Mine Kill: The 347-mile Long Path hiking trail traverses the park for 3.5
miles, leading to the lower part of the falls and beyond. Seven other park trails
range from 0.2 mile to 1.3 miles long.
Max V. Shaul: A 0.5-mile trail on an abandoned section of Route 30
provides a fascinating view of the Schoharie Creek and surrounding woods.
A 1-mile trail leads you through the forested portions of the park.
Size: Minekill: 395 acres; Max V. Shaul: 68 acres
Closest Town: Mine Kill: North Blenheim; Max V. Shaul: Fultonham
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: