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.

Discovering Falling Waters 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

Walking that allow Dog Walking on a Leash Hiking Wildlife Watching Fishing Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
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