Natural variety with a touch of the past.

GLASCO, Ulster County (149 acres) — If you crave nature in all its guises, head to Falling Waters Preserve. Its scenic treasures include a meadow with outstanding views of the Catskills, a couple of picturesque waterfalls and rock ledges that slant precipitously into the river. The preserve also contains the remains of the Mulford ice house, a windowless building that held 10,000 tons of ice “harvested” annually from the river and destined for shipment to New York City during warmer months in pre-refrigerator days.

Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The safety of our park visitors is our top priority. We continue to require that all group visits be limited to ten people or fewer and we require all visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or not feeling well in any way, please stay home.

Activities

  • Dog walking on leash
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing
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