Catskill (Greene County)
Why we love it
This 612-acre preserve features all the amenities for a successful birdwatching expedition — an observation tower that puts you closer to your object’s flight path and a canoe/kayak launch for excursions into RamsHorn Marsh, which attracts thousands of waterfowl during their spring and fall migrations. What might you see? The sanctuary’s checklist contains over 135 species of all sizes and calls — from bald eagles to buntings. An added bonus: Keep your binoculars peeled for another fascinating winged creature — the dragonfly. More than three dozen varieties have been spotted here.
More to explore
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill preserves the home and studios of the father of the Hudson River School of painting. A trail connects it with Olana State Historic Site, estate of Cole’s most famous pupil, Frederic Church. The route crosses the Hudson River via the mile-long Riverwalk, which offers unforgettable views of the landscapes that inspired both artists from 145 feet above the water.
- Birds galore — along with dragonflies
- Great place to paddle
Directions, hours, etc.: https://scenichudson.org/parks/ramshornlivingston