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Esopus Meadows Preserve

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.


The health and safety of park visitors remains one of our top priorities. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 endemic, all special events and group outings must be pre-approved. To coordinate one, please fill out this form and email Anthony Coneski.

Thanks for doing your part to protect yourself and others so we can continue to make Scenic Hudson parks and preserves available for all.

Features and Amenities

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


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

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.


Nearby Parks

Black Creek Preserve
Sledding at Burger Hill
Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill
Franny Reese State Park
Franny Reese State Park
Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park
Poets Walk Park Sunset
Poets’ Walk Park
Roosevelt Farm Lane
Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail
Shaupeneak Ridge
Shaupeneak Ridge
Sleightsburgh Park
Sleightsburgh Park
Walkway Over the Hudson State Park
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park