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The Shawangunk Ridge Trail heads north from the Appalachian Trail, passing through High Point State Park and then generally follows the ridge north, occasionally using abandoned roads and rail beds. Beyond the Village of Otisville, the trail descends to the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area. The Basha Kill is an extensive wetland offering many opportunities for bird watching and other wildlife viewing. North of the Basha Kill, the Shawangunk Ridge Trail passes through the Village of Wurtsboro and then ascends the Wurtsboro Ridge.

The next 10 miles along the ridgetop are among the most spectacular in New York State with the open views of the Catskills looming in the distance. North of Route 52, the trail ascends to the hamlet of Cragsmoor and then passes through the Village of Ellenville Watershed to reach the main part of the Long Path near Verkeerder Kill Falls.

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail provides a hiking opportunity that runs for 35-miles along the length of the ridge from High Point to Minnewaska. At High Point, it joins the world's longest linear park and greenway, the 2150-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katadin in Maine.

The Long Path, a 350-mile trail from New York City through the Catskills to north of Thatcher State Park near Albany, also joins the Shawangunk Ridge Trail at the Wurtsboro Ridge Forest Preserve. The Shawangunk Ridge Trail is considered part of the Long Path trail system because of the loop it forms starting from the Long Path - Appalachian Trail junction in Harriman State Park. It is managed as part of the Long Path.

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