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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 cross-country skiing.

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 as well.

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 visitors center.

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

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingBoat LaunchHuntingLarge BoatsSmall BoatsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Bald Eagles - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the NYS Thruway/I-90, take exit 25A to I-88 west toward NY-7/ Schenectady/Binghamton. Take exit 23 for NY-30A toward NY-7/NY-30/Schoharie/ Central Bridge. Turn left onto NY-30A south/Zicha Rd. Continue onto NY-30 south. After 7.6 miles, turn right onto NY-30 south/Main St. Max V. Shaul State Park is 6.2 miles on the right.

Mine Kill State Park is 15.9 miles on the left.

Map Link (to Max V. Shaul)

Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area