Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim

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Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Providing excellent fishing opportunities, the lower reservoir is stocked with walleye and an assortment of trout, and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.

The park contains a modern aquatics facility featuring an Olympic sized swimming pool with separate wading and diving pools (open 10am to 6pm 7 days a week). Swim lessons are taught in the summer months--please contact the park office for details. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the parks 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts sessions of the Headwaters Soccer Camp in its regulation sized athletic fields. League play is also welcome. Mine Kill has 1 pavilion, and 3 tents that are available to rent during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Call today to reserve our picnic areas for your parties.

Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. A separate parking area, 1/4 miles south of the parks' main entrance, provides access to the overlook viewing platforms, as well as the Long Path hiking trail to the lower falls and beyond. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

A boating permit is no longer needed to access the Blenheim-Gilboa Lower Reservoir at Mine Kill State Park. Every boater is required to wash their boat using the park's hot water boat wash station before and after entering the reservoir, and sign in at the park office or contact station, when open. The boat launch is open from 7:30 am to 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 7:30am to 3pm during May and September.

In the fall bow hunting for deer is allowed by permit only. Hunting permits are issued by the New York Power Authority via a lottery system. Please call the Power Authority Visitor Center for more details.

Fees to the park have now been waived! It is free to enter the park and free to swim.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming events and happenings in the park by messaging the page or emailing us at MineKillSP@parks.ny.gov.

For more information, please feel free to give us a call at (518) 827-6111.
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  • Beautiful and quiet! An undiscovered place with great hiking trails! My husband and I walked the park for 2 hours. We saw the gorgeous waterfalls, and overlapped trails. The foliage in early November....  more
    Beautiful and quiet! An undiscovered place with great hiking trails! My husband and I walked the park for 2 hours. We saw the gorgeous waterfalls, and overlapped trails. The foliage in early November....  more »
  • This park is in the scenic Schoharie Valley, about a one hour drive southwest of Albany, and it has a lot to offer. There are hiking trails, a boat launch on the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, fishinh... 
    This park is in the scenic Schoharie Valley, about a one hour drive southwest of Albany, and it has a lot to offer. There are hiking trails, a boat launch on the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, fishinh...  more »
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  • Went for the orange trail to the waterfalls at dusk. Really quiet and silent in the forest. A nice and light hike. Waterfalls weren't the most awe inspiring but a quiet place to skip some stones. All in all a nice evening workout. Good signage and take a pic of the map before entering the trails.
  • This place is fantastic!! Swimming pools with locker room areas to store your stuff, shower or use restroom. 3 different pools. Kiddie pool, pool that went to about 6 feet in deep end, and then deeper pool with diving board. All free to use!! Kiddie pool was open on and off depending on if they had an available life guard. Deep pool was not opened at all the day I was there Nice, spacious area to find a spot to lay your towel or blankets down. There's also picnic tables and areas similar to small outdoor pavilions areas outside the pool area. No garbage cans so it's carry in and carry out. You can get fined if you don't. Grounds and pool were all quiet clean. Surrounded by mountains, it was peaceful despite the amount of people there. Hiking trails and walking paths all over; which I will explode next time I go, and you can rent kayaks. A park that's free to use, plenty of things to do whether you're a large family or single person, and a very beautiful area...you can't go wrong. HIGHLY recommend this place and I'll definitely be returning.

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