An astonishing variety of terrain and habitats.

ULSTER PARK, Ulster County (287 acres) — There’s something here for every nature lover: bluffs offering superb Hudson River vistas, extensive wetlands (a 110-foot boardwalk takes you right through one), wildflower-filled meadows, hardwood forests, fascinating rock formations and shoreline along Esopus Lake. An accessible gateway allows all visitors to enjoy one fine Hudson River view. From there, the trail makes a steep, 200-foot climb to the park’s other glories. FYI, this land was considered as a potential site for the United Nations.

Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Discovering High Banks 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.

Activities

Mountain Biking Walking Dog Walking on a Leash Hiking 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.

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