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How to Get Married at Minnewaska State Park

Thinking about eloping in Upstate New York? Consider eloping in the Catskills and getting married at Minnewaska State Park.

Sara and Beau reached out to me to help them have a fantastic elopement adventure in the Catskills. During one of our planning chats, they told me that they wanted both epic views, a bit waterfall, and a chance to go on a bit of a hike. It seemed like "The Gunks" would be the perfect place to elope. They also had never been to the area, so I had the extra pleasure of showing them some of my favorite spots.


While Sara and Beau were already legally married, they were excited to elope at Minnewaska State Park. As they said, one of the best parts about eloping for them was that are celebrating throughout the year! After getting married at the courthouse, they biked across the country. And in addition to celebrating each other during the Catskills elopement, they are planning a long weekend reception to celebrate with friends and family later on. It's wonderful, because by eloping the way that they did, they get the best of all the worlds!


The Catskills are a wonderful place to elope or get married because it is beautiful and there are so many activities! Whether you want to go on an outdoor adventure, hunt for antiques, or visit art museums, the Catskills have it all.



Things I Love About Getting Married in the Catskills

* Great forested mountain hikes

* Lots of waterfalls

* Fantastic bouldering and rock climbing activities

* Quiet country roads for biking

* Wild blueberries next to lakes

* Art museums

* Cute villages with local shops



Requirements to Get Married at Minnewaska State Park Preserve

If you want to get legally married in Minnewaska State Park, permits are required. Permits are only issued for weekdays for groups under 15. The fee to get married at Minnewaska is $200.


Getting Married at Sam's Point

Sam's Point was recently incorporated into Minnewaska State Park. As such, the rules to get married there are the same as the Preserve (above). Sam's Point is located on the highest point of the Shawangunk Mountains (pronounced SHON-gum) with views of rocky cliffs, lakes, and forests.


Personally, I love the Sam's Point area. One of my favorite Catskills hikes starts here! To reach the viewpoint, you walk about a gentle carriage road for about a mile. That said, this area tends to be very crowded, especially during the summer and on weekends. If you want some privacy, the best option would be to hike the 8.3 mile loop along the ridgeline.

Wedding secret handshakes? Yes please!


Parking and Entrance Fees at Minnewaska State Park

Both Sam's Point and the primary Minnewaska State Park Preserve areas are gated. The park opens at 9AM and closing times vary by season. A $10 fee is required to park and visit the area. If you have a NYS Parks Pass like I do, then parking is free.


Check Out More Pictures From Sara and Beau's Upstate New York Minnewaska State Park Elopement



Molly is a small wedding and elopement photographer who is always up for a new adventure!


Interested in talking to me about your New York elopement or intimate wedding? Let me be your guide to making the best of your perfect day! P.S. I'm also a licensed hiking guide, so I know all the best off-the-beaten-path locations!


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