Located in the township of Wawarsing, the tiny hamlet of Cragsmoor sits atop the Shawangunk Ridge – the only residential area in that location. Founded as an art colony in the late 1800’s by Edward Lamson Henry, Cragsmoor survives today as a close-knit community centered on a small historic district that includes public buildings designed by significant architects of the era. Hang gliding from the cliffs is a popular activity for visitors and daredevils alike, and hiking or cross-country skiing in Sam’s Point Preserve, which borders the town, is fun in all seasons. Blueberries grow wild on the hillsides, too, making for sweet sustenance during warm walks.
Property hunters in Cragsmoor will find a limited number of houses available, but the properties are worth the wait and available in a wide price range. Three bedroom newer “starter” homes come on the market more frequently than the historic shingle-style houses that punctuate the historic district, but diligence and patience always win out. Cragsmoor has land available for sale, and many properties boast spectacular views of the southern Rondout Valley.