An astonishing variety of terrain and habitats.

ULSTER PARK, Ulster County (287 acres) — There’s something here for every nature lover: bluffs offering superb Hudson River vistas, extensive wetlands (a 110-foot boardwalk takes you right through one), wildflower-filled meadows, hardwood forests, fascinating rock formations and shoreline along Esopus Lake. An accessible gateway allows all visitors to enjoy one fine Hudson River view. From there, the trail makes a steep, 200-foot climb to the park’s other glories. FYI, this land was considered as a potential site for the United Nations.

Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATES

The safety of our park visitors is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, we continue to require that all group visits be pre-approved (please fill out this form and email Anthony Coneski to coordinate a group visit).

Starting Monday, May 24, Scenic Hudson is adopting outdoor safety guidelines that align with the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Presentation (CDC) and New York State:

  • Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in most settings, but we do recommend that everyone wear masks in large public groups. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals, under both CDC and NYS guidance, must wear masks in all public settings.

Activities

  • Accessible opportunity
  • Dog walking on leash
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Walking
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing
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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.

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