We took the opportunity on a visit to my family to go to a great hiking spot that, even though I had lived in the area for 25 years, I had never been to. The area is widely know as Ice Caves Mountain but the real name is Sam's Point. It is in the little hamlet of Cragsmoor, NY (between Ellenville and Pine Bush).
It is called Sam's Point because legend has it that a man named Sam jumped and survived when trying to escape capture by Native Americans.
Also located near Sam's Point is Ice Caves. They are more like tunnels than actual caves. The first tunnel we entered didn't have any ice.
After that we found a stream coming out from the rocks and we took one of many "Rocky breaks". When he wanted to take a break he would just stop, lay down, and wait to be served his water. Haha! The dog has it made.
We finally found a tunnel that had ice in it. It was so cool. We could even see our breath.
We finished up with the caves and wanted to see VerKerKeerderkill Falls. From the trail head to the falls it is 3 miles.
Even though we had a bad ending to the day, up until then it was amazing. We definitely will be going back but next time Rocky will be wearing booties. It costs $10 to park but when you see how well maintained everything is you will feel that it was money well spent.