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Activities Guide: Wander Black Creek

Unique Art, Farms, and Fun Experiences Await in Gardiner

Diane Wuthrich
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Activities Guide: Wander Black Creek

Wander Black Creek is situated in New Paltz, a charming town whose history dates back over three centuries when Huguenot refugees founded it. Today, it attracts visitors from all over who come for its incredible array of outdoor adventures, art and culture, farm-to-table scene, swimming, hiking, and so much more. After learning more about the town's history at the Historic Huguenot Street and soaking up the natural beauty of the famous Mohonk Preserve, check out these exciting activities.

Dressel Farms

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  • Distance from Wander Black Creek: 8.1 miles 

  • Location: 271 NY-208, New Paltz, NY 12561

  • Hours: 9AM-5PM Monday to Saturday

  • Phone: (845) 255-0693

  • Website: http://www.dresselfarms.com/

Bring the whole family along for an afternoon of fun at Dressel Farms. There's apple picking, fresh tomatoes and peaches, and fluffy apple cider donuts for the kids, while premium-quality cider awaits for the adults. These are just a few of the delicious experiences you can have at Dressel Farms, depending on the season. You won't leave empty-handed or hungry, that's for sure!

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

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Photo courtesy of Wallkill Valley Land Trust

  • Distance from Wander Black Creek: 9.5 miles 

  • Location: 40 Sunset Ridge Road, Suite 220, New Paltz, NY 12561

  • Hours: From dusk till dawn

  • Phone: (845) 255-2761

  • Website: https://wallkillvalleylt.org/wvrt/

The 22+ mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail conveniently links the neighboring towns of New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale, and Ulster to the city line of Kingston. You can ride a bike, jog, walk, or ride a horse. The dog-friendly picturesque trails take you through winding woodlands and an astonishing array of terrains all year round. It's completely free of charge, and open during sunlight hours.

DM Weil Gallery

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Photo courtesy of DM Weil Gallery

  • Distance from Wander Black Creek: 1.8 miles 

  • Location: 208 Brunswick Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

  • Hours: 11AM-5PM, Monday to Friday

  • Phone: (845) 255-3336

  • Website: https://www.dmweilgallery.com/

Art is such an important part of Gardiner's culture, and so is DM Weil. She has played a pivotal role in the local art scene, so be sure to spend some time at the gallery to learn more about her work. The New York City native is best known for her vibrant, colorful artworks that always have a way of inciting emotions among viewers. Whether you're looking to admire or collect art, a trip to her gallery is a surefire way to add a dose of inspiration to your trip!


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