The Shawangunk Ridge Trail begins in New Jersey’s High Point State Park at the intersection with the Appalachian Trail.
It traverses in a northeasterly direction approximately forty-one (41) miles, generally along the Shawangunk Ridge, ending at Sam’s Point Preserve which is the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge. The Trail intersects the Long Path southwest of Sam’s Point Preserve within the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest. It makes a gradual ascent approaching the New York border into Orange County; in the Town of Greenville the trail utilizes private lands for approximately 1.4 miles in a northeasterly direction to access Greenville Turnpike. Greenville Turnpike is utilized for a short distance, 0.4 miles, to access a stretch of the trail, approximately 2.75 miles, which traverses public and private lands; eventually accessing Old Mountain Road and U.S. Route 6 for 0.6 miles.
Off U.S. Route 6 the Trail utilized Hathorn Boulevard and Lakeside Drive for 0.25 miles to access an approximate 2.1 mile stretch on a combination of public and private lands, at some point crossing into the Town of Deerpark. At this point the Trail utilizes the Metro-North Railroad service road for a distance of 0.65 miles. At Shin Hollow Road the Trail straddles the Town of Deerpark and Town of Greenville municipal boundary and re-enters the public and private land for approximately 0.35 miles. At which point the Trail meets up with the recently realigned Long Path, northwest of the Village of Otisville near the municipal boundary of the Town of Mount Hope and the Town of Deerpark. The Trail and the Long Path utilize the same route for the remainder of Orange County on to Sam’s Point Preserve.