A prime spot for a picnic and a hike.

ESOPUS, Ulster County (96 acres) — What’s a hike without a great picnic spot? Esopus Meadows Preserve has it covered. First, take your pick of trails — trek through a rolling forest landscape or hug the shoreline to a dramatic river lookout. Whichever route you choose, arrive at the preserve’s Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site in time for lunch beneath its pavilion. You’ll find the views equally delicious. But where are the meadows? They’re underwater. Farmers once brought their cattle here to feast on plants growing in the offshore tidal flats. Try hiking on the Phenology Trail and you can help scientists track our changing climate by studying eight plant species!

Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Discovering Esopus Meadows Preserve
A short film by Jon Bowermaster/Oceans 8 films, music by Meena Ysanne.


IMPORTANT COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATES

The safety of park visitors in light of ongoing COVID cases continues to be one of our top priorities. All group visits need to be pre-approved (please fill out this form and email Anthony Coneski to coordinate a group visit).

Although neither the CDC or New York State require masks in outdoor settings, we ask that unvaccinated visitors or large groups consider wearing masks as COVID cases continue to rise in the area.

Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and others so we can continue to make these precious resources available for all.

Features and Amenities

  • Hudson River Greenway Water Trail Site
  • Seasonal Toilet
  • Bike Rack

Activities

that allow Dog Walking on a Leash Hiking Paddling Picnicking Wildlife Watching Fishing Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing with Accessible Opportunities
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More to explore

John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary in West Park features hiking trails and the renowned writer’s rustic cabin. Kingston’s historic Rondout District is home to shops, restaurants and the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which offers illuminating exhibits as well as boat trips to the Rondout Lighthouse.