West Park (Ulster County)
Why we love it
The open ridgelines, secluded forests, wetlands and fascinating rock formations that make this a must-visit destination for hikers today also proved indispensable to nature writer John Burroughs (1837-1921), who sought inspiration among these habitats for his essays that influenced America’s early environmental movement. Any hike should include a stop at Slabsides, the cabin Burroughs built to write and entertain friends such as Walt Whitman and Theodore Roosevelt. Few can walk through this rugged landscape without gaining a greater appreciation of Burroughs’ legacy and a stronger commitment to carrying forward his conservation ethic.
More to explore
- 4.5 miles of easy to moderate trails
- Varied, unspoiled terrain
- Slabsides, John Burroughs’ rustic retreat (open periodically)
Directions, hours, etc.: http://johnburroughsassociation.org/visit