Walking or paddling, a trip through the Hudson River’s largest forested tidal swamp offers many surprises.

CATSKILL, Greene County (612 acres) — A swamp may not have the cachet of a mountain peak, but what it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in wildlife diversity. And as RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary proves, swamps can be exceedingly beautiful — full of wildflowers, rustling marsh grasses and intriguing rock outcroppings. Paddling through the creek, curvy as old-fashioned ribbon candy, you’ll make the acquaintance of dragonflies, great blue herons, flocks of waterfowl, muskrats and river otters, and maybe a bald eagle. In other words, while this is an ideal place to get away from it all, you’ll have plenty of company.

RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary is co-owned and co-managed with Audubon New York. For inquiries and information about educational and public programming, contact Audubon New York at 845-265-2601.

Free and open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Activities

  • Dog walking on leash
  • Hiking
  • Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site
  • Kayaking & canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Walking
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing
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More to explore

Catskill’s quaint downtown is a great place to fill up on food and shopping. Also visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, and stroll across the Hudson River Skywalk to enjoy views that inspired Cole.

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