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 UPDATE: The safety of our park visitors is our top priority. We continue to require that all group visits be limited to ten people or fewer and we require all visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or not feeling well in any way, please stay home.

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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