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.
- Dog walking on leash
- Wildlife watching
- X-country skiing & snowshoeing
More to explore
Shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Saugerties make it a fun place for a stroll. Nearby at Opus 40, artist Harvey Fite relied solely on hand-powered tools to turn thousands of shards of rock left in a former bluestone quarry into one of the biggest — and most unique — sculptures in the US.