New Paltz was founded by the Huguenots in the early 1700’s and settled on the banks of the Wallkill River. Since its modest beginnings over 300 years ago New Paltz today is a thriving fun, and bustling village. The town is a renowned weekend getaway that has plenty of attractions, activities, and culture. It is home to SUNY New Paltz, a 4 year, 7000 student state university that is committed to providing high quality education. It has Mohonk Mountain and all of its offerings located just outside of town. New Paltz has beautiful scenic farmland surrounding its outskirts. There are excellent lodging options, restaurants, and great shopping. New Paltz is sometimes referred to as the Gateway to the Gunks because of the popular hiking & climbing that occurs on the Shawangunk Ridge. Those who come to climb usually start from this buzzing university town. Running north and south through the town is the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which offers a level path for biking, jogging, walking, and cross-country skiing in winter.
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